Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI)
The CSSW Field Department runs a training program—called the Seminar in Field Instruction, or SIFI—that is designed to assist new field instructors with understanding adult learning styles as well as 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 spring and autumn.
The next SIFI will be held in Winter 2014. Watch this space for orientation information and class schedule.
To receive SIFI certification, participants must:
- attend all 12 sessions.
- submit short assignments.
- actively participate in the classes, which consist of lectures, presentations and discussions by our experienced SIFI instructors.
- take the course simultaneously while supervising a CUSSW student.
Once the field instructor has completed these requirements, s/he will receive a SIFI certificate at our annual SIFI ceremony.
If you are a new field instructor from an agency that has never had a CUSSW intern, please complete the following two steps:
- Contact a Director in the Field Education Department to discuss the process of hosting a student.
- Complete the Field Instructors’ Experience Outline Form and fax this, along with a copy of your resume, to 212-851-2330.
NOTE: All new field instructors must be out of school for at least three years and have the LMSW or LCSW.
Still have questions?
If you have specific questions about SIFI or your program collaborating with the Columbia School of Social Work Field Education Department, please contact Ovita Williams at 212-851-2309.