Seminar Training in Field Instruction (SIFI)

The policy of the school requires field instructors to have completed a Seminar in Field Instruction prior to supervising a student. We offer several options depending on supervisory experiences. Courses in supervision do not meet the school’s requirements. There is no fee for the seminar, however, you must be supervising a Columbia School of Social Work student to participate in the seminar. For further information on hosting a student intern at your agency, see our Field Educators page. If your agency has not registered as an available site to host a student, please complete the Placement Request Form.

Spring 2022 SIFI Classes are now closed. Fall 2022 Registration will open up in July 2022.

Seminar in Field Instructions Available:

12 Session Seminar in Field Instruction
Online via Zoom

All 12 Session Seminar in Field Instruction courses are identical and begin the week of February 4th. The registration process is now open and take the time to review the session that works best for your schedule. Please complete the online form at your earliest convenience. Given the current demand SIFI offerings will be on a first come first serve basis for potential field instructors who have agreed to support a CSSW student for the Spring 2022 cohort.

Series I

Josephine Ilarraza – Tuesday 6-7pm ET
February 1, 8, 15, 22; March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 19, 26

Fred Shack – Friday 9-10am ET
February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Please note: There is no Series II for the Spring 2022 Semester.

Abbreviated 3 Session Course

Online via Zoom

An Abbreviated 3 Session Course is also available for instructors who are outside of the Tri-State (NY,NJ, CT) area or who have five or more years of supervision experience.

Abbreviated 3 Sessions

Hans Bernier – Friday 12-1pm ET

February 4, 11, 18

More information on policies and procedures at CSSW can be found in our student handbook and in an FAQ format here.

Limited space is occasionally available for instructors supervising students from other schools. If you will be supervising a Non-Columbia student for the fall of 2021 and would like to take our SIFI, please register here.

For further information or questions, please email the Field Education Department at