Selection of Field Instructors

Field instruction can be a very exciting, challenging and demanding activity. In most instances, assuming responsibility for students’ supervision is an addition to one’s on-going duties. Although many other persons in the field practice agency will be called upon to provide educational experiences, the student’s immediate field instructor is the key person responsible for the student’s learning in the field. Because of this, certain criteria should be considered in taking on this educational function.

Basic Requirements for being a Field Instructor:

  • A Master of Social Work degree from an accredited social work program plus two years of post-master’s practice experience.
  • Ability to conceptualize and demonstrate practice knowledge and skills and to stimulate the same in students.
  • A knowledge and understanding of agency’s program and service delivery methods.
  • Ability to identify and teach principles and concepts from specific practice tasks.

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