Whether you are new to being a SIFI or you are a veteran in this arena of training student social workers to become the next generation of change agents; your skill and knowledge are invaluable. Field Instruction is the pedagogy of social work education and your role in the process is of paramount importance.
This is your chance to shape the world of a future social worker and to share knowledge that would not be learned in the classroom. You are the bridge that a student crosses when leaving the classroom and entering the field placement site. You are charged with assisting that student on learning how to integrate and synthesize the information of practical knowledge and theory and apply it to the field.
Please find below various tools and resources listed in the links that will support you in your process and purpose of fulfilling your role as a SIFI.
- Preparing Students for Assignments
- Learning Style
- Learning Patterns in Field Practice– ( taken from the book: Learning Through Field Instruction: A Guide for Teachers and Students by Urbanowski & Dwyer, 1988
Teaching Skills & Techniques
- Teaching Techniques
- Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
- Beginning Practice Skills
- Interviewing Skills
- Termination Skills
Example Process Recording Template
Reflection Topics for Student to Discuss or Write On
- Reflection Topics
- Please refer to the following blog on Macro Practice , as an example on how I utilize the reflection topics in supervision
Other Ways to Spark Conversation in Supervision
You can referring to the following blogs:
Podcasts for SIFIs