Seminar Training in Field Instruction (SIFI)

All field instructors are required to complete the Seminar in Field Instruction in order to supervise an intern. 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 to participate in the seminar. Registration for the Spring ‘23 offerings are 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.

Orientation

A virtual orientation was held and viewing the recording is a required component of the Spring course. You will be asked to watch a recording and submit a one page response in order to receive full credit for the Spring SIFI certification.

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:
SPRING ‘23 Registration

12 Sessions Spring ‘23

  • Rachelle Veasley: Friday, 9:00am – 10:00am EST
    • February, 10, 17, 24
    • March 3, 10, 24, 31
    • April 14, 21, 28
    • May 05, 12
  • Josephine Illarazza: Tuesday, 6:00pm- 7:00pm EST
    • January 31
    • February 7, 21, 28
    • March 7, 21, 28
    • April 4, 11, 18, 25
    • May 2

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.

Spring course registration is currently open. Sections fill on a first come first serve basis. Please complete the Registration from via the link below:
SPRING ‘23 Registration

Abbreviated 3 Sessions Spring ‘23

  • Maria Zuluaga: Thursday, 5:00-6:00pm EST
    • February, 2, 9, 16


SPRING ‘23 Registration

 

Only register if you have a student formally assigned to your agency. If you want to participate in SIFI but do not have a student assigned please reach out to both swfieldeducation@columbia.edu & swsifi@columbia.edu and complete the Placement Request Form.

 

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.

Limited space is occasionally available for instructors supervising students from other schools. If you will be supervising a Non-Columbia student and would like to take CSSW SIFI we cannot guarantee a seat.