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 Fall 2014 SIFI is open for registration. Go to SIFI 2014-2015 Registration Form to register.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have satisfactorily completed a recent seminar in field instruction at a graduate school of social work, this may meet our School’s requirement. Go to SIFI Certification Form to upload a copy of your resume and a copy of your SIFI certificate.

  • SIFI Attendance Requirements

    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.

  • Still have questions?

    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 Amanda Glass,, 212-851-2310.