Seminar Training in Field Instruction (SIFI)

The Registration Form is now CLOSED.

Thank you for expressing interest in becoming a Practicum Instructor for the upcoming Fall 2024 semester. Currently, our SIFI course is closed for registration. Please check back at the end of the semester for information on the Fall SIFI class signup.

All field instructors are required to complete the Seminar in Field Instruction in order to supervise a practicum student. We offer several options depending on supervisory experiences. All sections are offered virtually via ZOOM. No other coursework can be used to supplement SIFI. There is no fee for the seminar, however, you must be supervising a Columbia School of Social Work student at your place of employment to participate in the seminar. The Interest Form for the Spring ‘24 offerings is now open. Please see the details listed below.

Eligibility Requirements

SIFI Participants must have at least 3 years post MSW experience in order to sit for the course. For CSSW graduates there is a 2 year post graduation requirement. In addition, SIFI participants must be supervising a CSSW practicum student at their place of employment unless discussed prior and agreed upon otherwise. Those supervising CSSW interns will be prioritized.

Available Sections

12 Session Seminar in Field Instruction
Online via Zoom

All 12 Session Seminar in Field Instruction courses are identical. 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.

Spring course registration is currently open. Sections fill on a first come first serve basis. Please complete the Registration from via the link below:

12 Sessions Spring ‘24

CLOSED

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.

Spring course registration is currently open. Sections fill on a first come first serve basis. Please complete the Registration from via the link below:

Abbreviated 3 Sessions Spring ‘24

CLOSED


SIFI Application is currently closed

The Spring 2024 application is now CLOSED.

Completing the application does not guarantee enrollment in the SIFI Course. Enrollment is only finalized after a CSSW intern is formally assigned and accepted for the academic year.

 

More information on policies and procedures at CSSW can be found in our website along with the student handbook and in an FAQ format here. Please email swsifi@columbia.edu with any questions.

For past participants CSSW does not keep records on SIFI courses for the past 5 years.