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”
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?”
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”
On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the world was rocked as the Women’s March on Washington went global. More than 3 million people participated in sisterhood marches across the world. Continue reading “Why it is important as Clinical Supervisors and Educators to prepare MSW students for Macro Field Practice”
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”
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”
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.