What is the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) and why do practicum instructors need to take it?

We do everything we can to prepare and support our practicum instructors, whether they are located in the New York City area or around the country. The SIFI trains instructors on topics such as teaching cultural competency, challenges in Practicum Learning, termination, process recordings, the role of the school in Practicum Learning, and much more. We offer the seminar through our online classroom or on campus.

SIFI is 12 sessions for those who have never supervised MSW students, or three sessions for instructors who have taken Practicum Learning trainings from another school of social work. On a case-by-case basis we could consider waiving the SIFI requirement depending on a practicum instructor’s experience. Check out our SIFI web page for more details.