Reflections of the Past and Moving Towards the Future: One first year MSW student explains her journey

In the fall of 2016, I gave this first-year student an assignment which was posted in the blog titled  A look inside a first year student.  It was through this assignment that she began to explore exactly where she felt the core traits of a social worker are held within the physical body.  I gave her this same assignment in May 2017 when she was finishing up her first-year internship. Not only did I ask her to color in this picture once again, but I also requested that she explain why she colored the areas of the body the colors she chose in order to give more insight on how she has grown as a student and a professional.  Here is what the student stated about her experience: Continue reading “Reflections of the Past and Moving Towards the Future: One first year MSW student explains her journey”

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice… Is that what a SIFI is made of?

A Supervisor in Field Instruction, commonly referred to as a SIFI in the social work world, is the person charged with supervising one or more social work student interns during the school year. Continue reading “Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice… Is that what a SIFI is made of?”

MSW Students Reflect in Supervision on Macro Practice in the 21st Century

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I am currently supervising the field instruction of three MSW students this year. Continue reading “MSW Students Reflect in Supervision on Macro Practice in the 21st Century”

The Future of Clinical Supervision: From Field Placement to Full Time Employment

Clinical Supervision is an art as well as a skill. It takes practice, patience and persistence not only to provide sound clinical supervision, but to be on the receiving end as well. As a clinical supervisor myself I am always on the search for sound advice and practice in this art of supervision. Continue reading “The Future of Clinical Supervision: From Field Placement to Full Time Employment”

What You See Is What you Get?: The Portrayal of the Social Worker in Film Talking Points for Supervision

I find it interesting that we are in in the 21st century and we still cannot find a valid TV or film character that represents a social worker or the social work experience.  Why is that? Continue reading “What You See Is What you Get?: The Portrayal of the Social Worker in Film Talking Points for Supervision”

A Look Inside a First Year MSW Student

In order to get to know the two first-year MSW students that I would be instructing this year as their SIFI, I asked them to complete this activity as an ice breaker exercise. I was particularly interested to see where they perceived they carried within their bodies the key emotive elements that comprise the essence of a social worker. See below the results of how these students colored their “essence” at the very beginning of their social work journey.

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