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Seminars in Field Education

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Note: space limits us to 25 participants per session.

All seminars will be held on the Rhode Island College campus unless otherwise indicated.

Learning contracts, policy projects, and other fun stuff: Helping students get ready for their field placement experience (3 CEU’s)

Facilitator: Jennifer Meade, Ph.D.​
November 15, 2019
9 a.m-12 p.m.
Location: School of Social Work, Guardo Hall, Building 9, East Campus

This workshop focuses on orienting field supervisors to the new learning contracts, connecting the learning objectives to the field placement competencies. Strategies are explored to the best ways to get students ready for the field experience. One of the more challenging aspects of the field experience is helping students link their clinical practice experience with more macro/policy issues. This workshop pays particular attention to ways to address these challenges.

Ethical Issues in Field Education (3 CEUs, Ethics)

Facilitator: Frederic Reamer, Ph.D.​
November 22, 2019
9 a.m-12 p.m.
Location: School of Social Work, Guardo Hall, Building 9, East Campus

This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of ethical and liability issues, including how we should be preparing interns for their future practice in the digital age, the challenges of technology, challenges to confidentiality in the era of smartphones, and the current and potential future legal challenges. This seminar is offered in conjunction with the New England Consortium of Field Education Directors (NECON) and is open to field instructors from all member schools.

Building a Strong Internship: Using Supervision to Enhance Your Students Experience in Field (3 CEUs)

Facilitator: Karin Capobianco, MSW, LICSW
Friday, December 13, 2019
9 a.m-12 p.m.
Location: School of Social Work, Guardo Hall, Building 9, East Campus

The internship is an integral part of Social Work education and should provide benefits to both interns and organizations. This workshop outlines a process for developing and implementing a mutually beneficial internship program, getting started, establishing boundaries and mutual expectations of supervision, working with a variety of learning styles and helping students see how they impact the helping process. We will discuss the importance of bridging the gaps between field and classroom and what supervisors can do to help students connect the two.

Introduction to Hosting a BSW Intern (3 CEUs)

Facilitator: Wendy Becker, MSW, Ph.D.
February 7, 2020 
9 a.m-12 p.m.
Location: School of Social Work, Guardo Hall, Building 9, East Campus

Undergraduate social work students complete a 3-semester field placement that begins in the spring of the junior year. This seminar is an open conversation designed to talk about expectations for the host site, suggestions on how to orient interns to the field setting; expectations for interns over 3 semesters; coaching students with the field contract; structuring supervision; communicating with the faculty advisor; evaluating interns at the end of the semester. Current field instructors and those considering the opportunity are all welcome.

Cultural Competency in Field Practice (3 CEUs, Diversity)

Facilitator: Paula Coutinho, MSW, LICSW, Jennifer Meade Ph.D., MSW
February 28, 2020
9 a.m-12 p.m.
Location: School of Social Work, Guardo Hall, Building 9, East Campus

Identifying, understanding and celebrating diversity is a cornerstone of social work practice. This seminar will help field instructors design tasks to help students develop culturally competent practice skills. The focus will be on how self-awareness informs practice as well as discovery of client differences as an opportunity to learn. Techniques will be discussed regarding how to challenge students to take on all aspects regarding issues of diversity.​​​

Page last updated: October 29, 2019