Support for Field Instructors

Orientation for Field Instructors A required orientation workshop is held every August for new field instructors CEUs are provided. Returning field instructors are encouraged to attend. The orientation focuses on expectations for students and field instructors and also acquaints new field instructors with the overall student learning experience.

Supervision Seminars

The Seminars in Field Instruction (SIFI) are designed for field instructors who for the first time are supervising an M.S.W. intern. Given at Simmons College School of Social Work, 300 The Fenway, Boston, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Palace Road Building, Room P-304E (3rd floor, Social Work suite), they are free of charge, include free readings (available to download from the Simmons College library website), and carry 18 CECs. Participants must attend 80% of the sessions in order to meet the CEC requirement. A certificate is awarded upon completion of the course.

All beginning supervisors of Simmons students (who have not taken a seminar at another school of social work) are required to attend. If geographical distance or the seminar schedule makes it impossible for you to attend at Simmons you may take a seminar at another social work program (space permitting). The New England Consortium of Graduate Program Field Directors (NECON) is collaborating to make this exchange possible. Please visit for the listings.

2017-2018 Simmons Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) Schedule

SIFI Orientation (for supervisor's of Simmons students only - attendance required for new supervisors): 

Thursday, August 10th, 2017, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM,

Location SOM 501/502 School of Management, Simmons Academic Campus, CEUs available. 

SIFI Orientation RSVP:

SIFI Series: 2017- 2018 

Tuesday: 8:30 am - 10:30 am - SECTION FULL

2017: 9/12, 9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 12/12

2018: 1/16, 2/13, 3/13, 4/17 (snow day, make-up class as needed)

Instructors: Suzanne Hecker, LICSW and Nancy Blumberg, LICSW

Wednesday: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2017: 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/15, 12/13

2018: 1/17, 2/14, 3/14, 4/18 (snow day, make-up class as needed)

Instructor: Diane Zipoli, LICSW


Please note: SIFI is a series. Supervisors must attend at least 80% of the sessions. You should plan to attend all meetings (you cannot switch back and forth between the two). 

You will receive a confirmation email along with directions to the College and parking options closer to September. If you have any questions feel free to call the Field Education Department at 617/521-3943.

Thank you for your interest and commitment to the education of our students.

Kim Kelly Harriman, MSW, LICSW
Director, Field Education

Professional Education at SSW

Field Instructors are encouraged to take advantage of the array of professional education offerings at the SSW. For more information, please visit Professional Education.