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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.

Building a Strong Internship Foundation: Using the learning contract and supervision to enhance your student’s experience in field

Facilitator: Karin Capobianco, MSW
Friday, September 23, 2016
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (3 CEUs)
Location: School of Social Work, Building 9, Room A02

The internship is an integral part of the 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.

“We Don’t Do Policy Here”: Inspiring Action in the Field

Facilitator: Jennifer Meade, Ph.D., MSW
Friday, October 14, 2016
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (3 CEUs)
Location:  School of Social Work, Building 9, Room 134

Macro social work may not be your daily focus, but when we come together, we see how the political climate, local budgets and changes in systems and service delivery impact all Rhode Islanders, including the clients we serve.    Do you wish you could attend to macro issues … organize a group of constituents, assist clients in responding to inequities, write a grant, develop internal policies, evaluate programs?    Let’s look at opportunities to mobilize your interns and effect policy change in your setting!

Evaluating the Student with Metryx Online Software

Facilitator: Jayashree Nimmagadda, Ph.D., MSW and Mary McLaughlin, MSW
Friday, November 18, 2016
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (3 CEUs)
Location:   School of Social Work, Building 9, Room A02

Evaluating student goals and objectives through the learning contract is one of the best opportunities we have to teach students in the field. Field instructors are required to submit evaluations on student interns in early December using Metryx online software. This workshop will stress the need for a collaborative effort, and convey techniques to help students and field instructors learn from the evaluation experience. In addition, we will discuss data collection, and assessment of student learning.   Field instructors will be asked to submit evaluations electronically.  There will be a demonstration of the online evaluation process with Metryx.

Ethical Issues in Field Instruction

Facilitator: Frederic Reamer, Ph.D.
Friday,  December 16, 2016
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (3 CEUs - ethics)
Location: Room 110, Alger Hall

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.

Calling all MSWs to field instruction

Facilitator: Karin Capobianco, MSW
Friday, January 20, 2017
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (3 CEUs)
Location: School of Social Work, Building 9, Room 134

We place students in some great internships that may not have an MSW onsite.    Have you thought about supervision?   Have you earned an MSW degree from an accredited institution and have 2 years post masters’ experience?   Learn more about the dynamics of providing supervision with an intern as an off-site field instructor, the School’s expectations and rewards and challenges.   This is an excellent opportunity for current and past off-site instructors to meet, brainstorm and support those MSWs who are considering taking on a new role.   All interested parties welcome! 

Introduction to hosting a BSW Intern

Facilitator: Wendy Becker, MSW, Ph.D.
Friday, February 3, 2017
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (3 CEUs)
Location:  School of Social Work, Building 9, Room A02

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

Facilitator: Paula Coutinho, MSW
Friday, March 10, 2017
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (3 CEUs - diversity)
Location:  School of Social Work, Building 9, Room 134

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.

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