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. 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. Fall 2022 Registration is now open!

Please note all classes are now open. Should you receive an error message that classes are full, please do one of the following: 1) close the link and try registering later in the day or the following day; OR 2) open link in a different browser and register.


A virtual orientation will be held on September 9th, 2022 from 11:30-2:30pm EST prior to the start of the course which is a required component of the certification process, CEU’s will only be provided for those who attend the live session. If you cannot participate live you will be asked to watch a recording and submit a one page response.

Seminar in Field Instructions Available:

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. 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 Fall 2022 cohort.

Series I

Fred Shack – Friday 12:00-1:00pm
September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9, 16

Series II
Anna Hedrick – Monday 6:00 – 7:00pm
Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 Dec, 12, 19

Amanda Mills – Thursday 10:00 – 11:00am
Oct 6, 13, 20. 27 Nov 3, 10, 17 Dec 1, 8, 15, 22, Jan 5

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

James Singletary – Friday 12-1pm ET

October 7, 14, 21*
*Please note this course is at capacity.


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 & and complete the Placement Request Form.

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 2022 and would like to take our SIFI, please register here.

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