Support for Field Instructors

Seminar for Field Instruction

The Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) is designed for field instructors who are supervising an MSW intern for the first time. The SIFI is free of charge, includes free readings, and offers CEU’s. 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 their website for the listings.

Simmons School of Social Work will be piloting a new format for our Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) for the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. Given this new format, the seminar will be available only to those field instructors who will be supervising a campus (vs. online) student from Simmons University.

The seminar for the 2019-2020 academic year will consist of a full day in person training on August 21, 2019, at Simmons University, 300 The Fenway, Boston MA followed by four virtual meetings (Zoom classroom) over the course of the academic year – each one hour in length. Those who are supervising for the first time will be required to register for one of the 4 virtual sessions (times listed below). Each online session will be limited to 15 participants. Please note that you must have a computer equipped with a camera in order to attend. We are hopeful that this new format reminds you of our commitment to you, and creates a more accessible training for all. We are frontloading much of the content in the daylong session. You will then select a section that best fits your scheduling needs. The “Zoom” meetings will consist of a peer consultation model facilitated by a member of the Simmons campus field faculty. We are hopeful that eliminating travel time will be helpful to you, and look forward to having you as a part of this pilot.

The following options are available:

For first time supervisors: August 21st and follow-up Zoom (must attend all sessions) - 11 CEUs

For those who have completed SIFI but wishing for a refresher: August 21st only, 8:30 - 4:30 pm, 7 CEUs

For those new to supervising a Simmons student, but experienced in supervision: August 21st, 8:30 - 1:00 pm, 4 CEUs


Nancy Blumberg: Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 pm (10/2/19, 11/20/19, 2/5/20, 4/1/20)

Kim Harriman: Tuesdays 8:30-9:30 am (10/1/19, 11/19/19, 2/4/20, 3/31/20)

Suzanne Hecker: Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 pm (10/2/19, 11/20/19, 2/5/20, 4/1/20)

Diane Zipoli: Thursdays 4:00-5:00 (10/3/19, 11/21/19, 2/6/20, 4/2/20)


Session I: Good Beginnings: Your role and your student’s

Session 2: Evaluation and Feedback: Thinking about your student’s progress

Session 3: Progress towards Autonomy. What constitutes sufficient progress?

Session 4: Good Endings: Guiding your student through termination. What have you learned about yourself as a supervisor?

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