Seminars in Field Instruction (SIFI) 2016–2017

Boston University

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
20 CECs (100% attendance required)
Dates: 9/13/16, 9/27/16, 10/18/16, 11/1/16, 11/15/16, 11/29/16, 1/10/17, 2/7/17, 3/7/17, 4/4/17
Location: Conant Lounge, Boston University School of Social Work, 264 Bay State Road, Boston, MA

Section B — Clinical (enrollment limited to 20)

Thursdays 8:30 AM–10:30 AM
20 CECs (100% attendance required)
Dates: 9/22/16, 10/6/16, 10/20/16, 11/3/16, 11/17/16, 12/8/16, 1/12/17, 2/9/17, 3/9/17, 4/6/17
Location: Conant Lounge, Boston University School of Social Work, 264 Bay State Road, Boston, MA

Section C — Macro (enrollment limited to 20)

16 CECs (100% attendance required)
Dates: TBD
Location: Boston University and Boston College Schools of Social Work

Off Campus

Section D — Bedford

Thursdays 9:30 AM–11:30 AM
20 CECs (100% attendance required)
Dates: 9/15/16, 10/20/16, 11/17/16, 12/8/16, 1/19/17, 2/16/17, 3/16/17, 4/6/17
Location: Middlesex Community College, 591 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01852 (Rm# TBD)

Section E — Fall River

Thursdays 9:30 AM–11:30 AM
20 CECs (100% attendance required)
Dates: 9/8/16, 9/29/16, 10/13/16, 10/27/16, 11/17/16, 12/8/16, 1/12/17, 2/9/17, 3/9/17, 4/6/17
Location: TBD

Section F — Cape Cod

Fridays 9:30 AM—12:30 PM
20 CECs (100% attendance required)
Dates: TBD
Location: Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA (Rm# TBD)

Download the BU SIFI registration form here.

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 or fax to 617-353-8348.

Boston College

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:; 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]
Dates: Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, Mar. 7

Tuesdays: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Instructor: Kenna Sullivan, LICSW
Dates: Sep. 27, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 22, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, Mar. 7

Wednesdays: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Instructor: Patty Birch, MSW
Dates: Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov.16, Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8

Wednesdays: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Instructor: Kenna Sullivan, LICSW
Dates: Sep. 28, Oct. 25, Nov. 9, Nov. 30, Dec. 14, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, Mar. 15

Download the BC SIFI registration form here.

Salem State Logo

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 ( 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.

Location: TBD

Fridays: 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Instructor: Susan Goldman MSW, MPH, LICSW
Dates: 9/16, 10/14, 11/18, 12/9, 1/20, 2/10, 3/10, 4/7, 4/14*
*Make-up session, will only be used if needed for cancellation due to inclement weather (listen to any major Radio/TV/SSU website or station to see if University is closed)

Download the Salem State SIFI registration form here.

Simmons College

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

Instructor: TBD
Dates: 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/15, 12/13, 1/10, 2/7, 3/14, 4/11*

Wednesdays: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Instructor: TBD
Dates: 9/7, 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/16, 12/14, 1/11, 2/8, 3/15, 4/12*

Thursdays: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Instructor: TBD
Dates: 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/12, 2/8, 3/16, 4/13*

*Weather make-up


Simmons College
1 Palace Road
Third Floor
Brackett Room P304E
Boston, MA, 02115

SIFI Series: Click here to register.

Southern Connecticut State University

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

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
Location: Brennan Center at 45 Island Pond Road, Springfield, MA
Dates: 9/16, 10/7, 10/28, 11/11, 12/9, 2/3, 2/24, 3/24 (4/14 makeup date)

THURSDAYS: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Centro Inc, 11 Sycamore Street, Worcester, MA
Dates: 9/15, 10/6, 10/27, 12/8, 1/12, 2/2, 2/23, 3/23 (4/13 makeup date)

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:

  • Receive 16 CEUs (must attend 8 sessions or 7 of the 8 sessions to meet the completion and CEU requirements).
  • May access the School of Social Work Field Practicum Manual available online to Field Supervisors.
  • Receive the seminar and reading packets free of charge and provided at each session.
  • Receive a certificate of completion, awarded by the School of Social Work after completion of the CEU attendance and requirements.

If you would like additional information about SIFI, please call Sandra Nunley, Field Office Administrative Secretary at 413-748-3064.

University of Connecticut

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

  • Section 1: Wednesdays, West Hartford Campus
    Dates: 9/9, 9/28, 10/19, 11/16, 12/14
    Time: 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.
  • Section 2: Thursdays, West Hartford Campus
    Dates: 9/9, 9/29, 10/20, 11/17, 1/12
    Time: 4:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
  • Section 3: Fridays, West Hartford Campus or Middletown (depending on where the need is)
    Dates: 9/9, 9/30, 10/14, 11/4, 12/9
    Time: 9:00 A.M. - 12:15 P.M.

Download the UCONN SIFI registration form here.

Wheelock College

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
Dates: 9/22/16, 10/13/16, 11/3/16, 11/17/16, 12/8/16, 1/26/17, 2/16/17, 3/9/17, 3/30/17, 4/27/17


Wheelock College – Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes St. Brookline, MA

Register via our Online Registration Form.

2016–2017 Professional Development Events

Wheelock College

The Importance of Self-care: No Time Like the Present!

Deborah Lisansky Beck, MSW, LICSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work and Chair, BSW Program
Wheelock College School of Graduate and Professional Programs

Friday April 7, 2017
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wheelock College, Brookline Campus
43 Hawes St.
Brookline, MA 02446

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.

Please register via our online registration form

Simmons College

Understanding the trade-offs of safety for survivors of intimate partner violence: Implications for policy practice

Kristie A. Thomas, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor


Michelle Putnam

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
5:30-9:00 PM
3.0 CECs

Simmons College School of Social Work
Kotzen Meeting Room
Lefavour Library Building
300 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

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.

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.

Please register via our online registration form