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.

Seminar in Field Instructions Available:

12 Session Seminar in Field Instruction
Online via Zoom

A 12-session Seminar in Field Instruction is available for instructors with no supervisory experience. Registration can be found here. All “Series I” courses are the same and begin the week of September 13th. There will be a “late” 12 Session Class offered later in October, “Series II” (taught by Ms. Amanda Mills). Please only select this course if you cannot begin the course in September or expected to have a student start after September 20, 2021.

Series I

Anna Hedrick – Monday 6-7 PM

September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6

Rachelle Veasley – Wednesday 6-7 PM
September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27 November 3, 10, 17, December 8, 15

Liz Creel – Tuesday 3-4 PM
September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 9, 16, 23, 30 December 7

Fred Shack – Friday 9-10AM
September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 5, 12, 19 December 3, 10

Series II

Amanda Mills – Thursday 9-10AM

October 7, 14, 21, 28 November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9, 16 January 6, 13

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. Registration can be found here.

Abbreviated 3 Sessions

Kryss Shane – Tuesday 12pm EST

September 14, 21, 28


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 swsifi@columbia.edu.