FIELD EDUCATORS

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Welcome to the Field Department!

The CSSW Field Education Department partners with many agencies, programs and other organizations with appropriate social work learning opportunities and a commitment to supporting field education, throughout the tristate (New York-New Jersey-Connecticut) region, as well as in the cities where the online MSW is offered.

Host Student Interns

To become a field practicum site for CSSW, an organization must:

  1.  have an on-site, suitably qualified member of staff to provide the student(s) with supervision.
  2. offer reasonable assignments and opportunities for learning, as determined by a member of the Field Department’s staff.
  3. complete a Placement Request Form.
  4. arrange a site visit with one of our Directors—the one with the most appropriate field of practice.

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New to hosting students? Go to Frequently Asked Questions.

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Training Seminars in Field Instruction (SIFI)

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The CSSW Field Department runs a training program called the Seminar in Field Instruction, or SIFI, to assist new field instructors with mastering the best teaching techniques for imparting the skills necessary for social work students to achieve competency in particular social work methods. The seminar lasts 12 weeks and is typically held two times a year, in fall and spring.

CLICK HERE for information and to register.

Questions? Please contact Richard Hara at 212-851-2251 or rth7@columbia.edu.

Annual Placement Planning Fair

The Annual Placement Planning Fair is a full-day event for the students in the first year of CSSW’s Two-Year Program. It takes place every February on Columbia University’s main campus. Field agencies who are interested in recruiting our students as interns set up information tables. NOTE: Agencies are invited to participate via an e-mail sent out in December.

Questions? Please contact the appropriate Associate/Assistant Director responsible for managing the Field of Practice in which your agency is grouped. For New Jersey placements, please contact Assistant Director Leslie Weisner at 973-783-5507 or by e-mail: lcw2@columbia.edu

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