Seminars in Field Instruction (SIFI) 2016–2017
The goal of this seminar is to promote the development of competent Masters-level social work field instructors. Required of all field instructors supervising an MSW intern for the first time, the seminar combines theoretical and practical content presented by the instructor with an open agenda to which participants bring questions, examples, and suggestions.
Charles River Campus
Section A — Clinical (enrollment limited to 20)
Tuesdays 3:00 PM–5:00 PM
Section B — Clinical (enrollment limited to 20)
Thursdays 8:30 AM–10:30 AM
Section C — Macro (enrollment limited to 20)
16 CECs (100% attendance required)
Section D — Bedford
Thursdays 9:30 AM–11:30 AM
Section E — Fall River
Thursdays 9:30 AM–11:30 AM
Section F — Cape Cod
Fridays 9:30 AM—12:30 PM
Please complete and return this form to the Field Education Department, Boston University School of Social Work, 264 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA 02215 or call (617) 353-3754 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 617-353-8348.
All Field Supervisors, especially new ones, are encouraged to complete the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI). The seminar is free of charge and provides 19 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 100% attendance is the standard from MA NASW with 80% acceptable under extenuating circumstance.
To register please email Angelica Vasquez at: email@example.com; or fax: 617-552-1095. Please call the Field Office with any questions at 617-552-4027.
All sessions held in McGuinn Hall, BC main campus. Exact room locations will be distributed by instructor prior to first class.
Available in the Boston College Beacon St. garage for $3.00 per hour.
Tuesdays: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Instructor: Ximena Soto, LICSW [These sessions will be held in Spanish]
Tuesdays: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Instructor: Kenna Sullivan, LICSW
Wednesdays: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Instructor: Patty Birch, MSW
Wednesdays: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Instructor: Kenna Sullivan, LICSW
Training Program/Seminar for new MSW and BSW Field Instructors: These seminars are free of charge and all field instructors, especially new ones are encouraged to attend. Please register in advance with Lisa Morency (firstname.lastname@example.org). CEU’s (20) are granted for those who attend and complete 100% of the series. **Please note that there will be the option of coming to all 8 sessions, or coming in-person to 7 sessions and completing one session online.
Fridays: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Instructor: Susan Goldman MSW, MPH, LICSW
The Seminars in Field Instruction (SIFI) are designed for field instructors who for the first time are supervising an M.S.W. intern. Given at Simmons College School of Social Work, 300 The Fenway, Boston, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Palace Road Building, Room P-304E (3rd floor, Social Work suite), they are free of charge, include free readings (available to download from the Simmons College library website), and carry 18 CECs. Participants must attend 80% of the sessions in order to meet the CEC requirement. A certificate is awarded upon completion of the course.
Please note: SIFI is a series. Supervisors must attend at least eight of the ten sessions (80%). You should plan to attend all Tuesday or all Wednesday meetings (you cannot switch back and forth between the two).
You will be able to indicate which section is your first choice, but this is not guaranteed. However, we will do our best to accommodate everyone's preferences. If you have any scheduling restrictions, these should be noted in the comment box. You will receive confirmation by email along with directions to the College and parking options. If you have any questions feel free to call the Field Education Department at 617-521-3943.
Tuesdays: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Wednesdays: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Thursdays: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
All classes will be held in the Adanti Student Center Room 306, corner of Fitch Street and Crescent Street, SCSU Campus. Please note: you may park in Lots 8 or 9 on Farnham Ave.
Wednesdays, 9:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Dates: 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/26, 2/22, 3/8
Thursdays, 1:00 PM — 4:00 PM
Dates: 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/27, 2/23, 3/9
For registration details, please contact Diane Michaelsen, LCSW, LADC.
Springfield College School of Social Work will offer a seminar series on field instruction during academic year 2016-2017.
FRIDAYS: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
THURSDAYS: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI), is offered to new field supervisors of master’s students enrolled at any graduate school of social work in New England, with CEUs available. There is no cost to participants to attend the seminar.
At the Springfield College School of Social Work, participants:
If you would like additional information about SIFI, please call Sandra Nunley, Field Office Administrative Secretary at 413-748-3064.
Orientation of new Field Instructors will be held at the West Hartford Campus, School of Social Work in the Zachs Community room on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 9:00 am – Noon
Note: The dates on this calendar are subject to revision and change by the Administration of the School of Social Work and the University of Connecticut at any time. MAKEUP DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017
Field Instructors, especially new ones, are encouraged to complete the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI). The seminar is free of charge and offers 20 CEUS. Participants must attend 80% of the sessions in order to meet the CEU requirements. Registration limited to 20
Thursdays: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Instructors: Devon Reber, MSW and Diane Zipoli, LICSW
Wheelock College – Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes St. Brookline, MA
2016–2017 Professional Development Events
The Importance of Self-care: No Time Like the Present!
Deborah Lisansky Beck, MSW, LICSW
Friday April 7, 2017
Wheelock College, Brookline Campus
This session will focus on the importance of mindfulness and self-care in everyday life at home and in social work practice particularly how it relates to self-regulation and self-awareness. Both the theory and practice of stress reduction will be explored including delineation of stressors, stress as a multidimensional experience, examples of self-care and stress reduction strategies, and an exploration of how these strategies work. Participants will develop self-care strategies that can help prevent or reduce stress.
A Wheelock faculty member since 1991, Deborah Lisansky Beck has taught primarily in the BSW program of the Social Work Department, with additional assignments in the departments of Human Development and Professional Studies. As a social work educator, she has taught a wide range of courses in the major; and she has also served as an academic advisor, agency field liaison, and now as Chair of the BSW Program. Her main area of expertise is in stress reduction, burnout prevention, and self-care; and she has presented extensively on these topics at Wheelock and the larger community and recently published “Mindfulness: 10 Lessons in Self-Care for Social Workers” in The New Social Worker.
Understanding the trade-offs of safety for survivors of intimate partner violence: Implications for policy practice
Kristie A. Thomas, PhD, MSW
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Simmons College School of Social Work
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a pervasive social problem with devastating effects on survivors, their children, and the communities in which they live (Black et al., 2011). Despite the multiple types and consequences of IPV, systems and organizations tend to focus their efforts mainly on safety from physical harm when working with survivors and their children. Although physical safety is an important concern for many survivors, it is neither their only concern nor – at times – their primary one (Davies & Lyon, 2014; Lyon, Lane, & Menard, 2008). Many survivors, particularly those who are economically impoverished, juggle the need for safety with other vital needs such as housing and connection with their children and other loved ones (Goodman, Smyth, Borges, & Singer, 2009). Moreover, survivors often learn the hard way that their efforts to seek safety can lead to costly tradeoffs in the other important areas of their life, and can even make them less safe (Thomas, Goodman, & Putnins, 2015). In many cases, these tradeoffs stem from the very policies and practices that were intended to help survivors and increase their safety (Thomas et al., 2015).
The purpose of this presentation is to increase participants’ understanding of the ways in which practices and policies at federal, state, and agency levels force IPV survivors to make difficult trade-offs that negatively affect other areas of their lives – essentially the antithesis of good social work practice. We will engage in a policy analysis activity and discuss ways to incorporate a trade-offs lens into practice with IPV survivors and help students incorporate this lens into theirs. Given that social work students often report apprehension and discomfort about working with IPV survivors, it is essential for field instructors and field education liaisons to talk openly and honestly about the needs of this vulnerable population.
Kristie A. Thomas has extensive practice, teaching, and research experience in the fields of intimate partner violence, homelessness, and service delivery for marginalized populations. Additional areas of expertise include community organizing, program evaluation, and interdisciplinary community-based participatory research. Dr. Thomas also teaches at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to joining Simmons faculty, Dr. Thomas worked as the assistant director of the Ortner Center on Family Violence at the University of Pennsylvania and a research consultant for the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women.
Michelle Putnam is a Professor at Simmons College School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the intersections of aging and disability, with particular emphasis on understanding how public programs and policies meets the needs of persons aging with disability. At Simmons, Dr. Putnam teaches social welfare policy courses to masters and doctoral level students. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, is a Fellow of the Gerontology Society of America, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Black, M. C., Basile, K. C., Breiding, M. J., Smith, S. G., Walters, M. L., Merrick, M. T., et al. (2011). National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 summary report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Davies, J., & Lyon, E. (2014). Domestic violence advocacy: Complex lives/Difficult choices. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Goodman, L. A., Smyth, K. F., Borges, A. M., & Singer, R. (2009). When crises collide: How intimate partner violence and poverty intersect to shape women's mental health and coping? Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 10, 306–329. http://doi.org/10.1177/1524838009339754
Lyon, E., Lane, S., & Menard, A. (2008). Meeting survivors’ needs: A multi-state study of domestic violence shelter experiences. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice.
Thomas, K. A., Goodman, L., & Putnins, S. (2015). “I have lost everything”: Trade-offs of seeking safety from intimate partner violence. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85, 170–180. http://doi.org/10.1037/ort0000044