Social Work Practice Fellows (SWPF)

A Professional Development Program for Social Work Supervisors of Direct Practice across the Life Course

Overview

Limited to 25 social work supervisors.

The School of Social Work in Falk College, an approved provider of continuing education for LMSWs and LCSWs in New York State, will offer a six-day Social Work Practice Fellows (SWPF) program allowing social work supervisors to honor their real world experiences while engaging in interactive learning. Social workers are often thrust into supervisory roles without the skills, knowledge, or support they need to succeed. This premier 36-hour certificate program features an advanced curriculum with a focus on some of the most complex issues that challenge MSW supervisors. Content and activities are based on supervisory best practices and delivered through face-to-face training with interactive group learning tasks and expert instruction.

Dates, Course Content and Faculty Instructors:

Session 1: Advancing Skills in Individual and Group Supervision

Date:
Friday, September 28, 2018
Presenters:
Ellen Ketchum, LCSW-R, Director of Clinical Services, Catholic Charities and Tracy Walker, LMSW, Director of Field Education, School of Social Work, Syracuse University

Session 2: Teaching Content and Process of the Social Work Assessment

Date:
Friday, October 12, 2018
Presenters:
Kenneth Marfilius, LCSW, DSW
Jennifer Genovese, ACSW, Ph.D

Session 3: Advancing Knowledge of Health Challenges across the Life Course

Date:
Friday, October 26, 2018
Presenters:
Mark Buttiglieri, LCSW-R, Director of Social Work, Upstate Medical University Hospital

Session 4: Advancing Knowledge of Mental health an Addiction Challenges across the Life Course

Date:
Friday, November 9, 2018
Presenters:
Gregory Brown, LMSW, OEF/OIF/OND Social Work Case Manager, Department of Veteran Affairs

Session 5: Building Capacity among Staff for Effective Practice with Families

Date:
Friday, November 30, 2018
Presenters:
Kortney Dale, MSW, Vice President of Family Services, Liberty Resources and Kristin Esposito, LMSW, Internship Placement and Social Work Continuing Education Coordinator, School of Social Work, Syracuse University

Session 6: Furthering Ability to Confront Performance and Organizational Challenges

Date:
Friday, December 14, 2018
Presenters:
Ellen Ketchum, LCSW-R, Director of Clinical Services, Catholic Charities and Tracy Walker, LMSW, Director of Field Education, School of Social Work, Syracuse University

Times, Location, Cost:

Times:
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each session
Location:
The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13202
Cost:
$650.00 for all six sessions

Successful Completion:

To successfully complete the SWPF certificate program, participants are expected to:

  • Attend all 6 training days.
  • Complete pre- and post-program self-assessments of supervisory practices.
  • Participate in activities and discussions.
  • For CEs, full attendance is required; partial credit is not given for partial attendance. A CE certificate will be issued for each separate workshop.
  • SWPF certificates of completion will be issued at the end of the program to those who attended all 6 sessions.

Cancellation Policy:

Full refunds will be issued to those who cancel within 10 working days before the first training date minus a $25.00 processing fee. No refunds after the start of the program. Request for refunds must be in writing and submitted to the Social Work Continuing Education Program at swkce@syr.edu.

Eligibility and Requirements:

The participants selected for the program must be MSW-level social workers who are supervising social service workers from diverse settings. Supervisees can include any number of MSWs, BSWs, or other social service staff, in any combination. Attendees are expected to attend all six-program days as well as completing anonymous pre- and post-program surveys. (All survey data will be de-identified and reported only in aggregate. Your name will not be linked in any way with your responses to this survey.)

Application

Social work supervisors must apply for acceptance into the program. We will strive to bring together a diverse group of participants. Apply early. Based on the volume of applications, acceptance decisions will be made every 2-3 weeks until the program is full. You can register and pay after acceptance into the program with the form sent to you with your acceptance letter. The deadline for applications is September 17th, 2018. This program is limited to 25 participants. Participants must attend all six-program days.


Session Descriptions and Learning Objectives

The focus of this program is on “direct practice” and content appeals to a broad array of practice contexts. The curriculum focuses on agency-based practice challenges, on casework, and mental health or other interventions. Content and activities are based on supervisory best practices and delivered through face-to-face training with interactive group learning tasks and expert instruction. In this 6-day program, group discussion and interaction will involve application of content for collaborative problem solving and solution generation.

Session 1: Advancing Skills in Individual and Group Supervision

Date:
Friday, Sept. 18, 2018
Description:
This workshop teaches new supervisors and updates those who are experienced about the range of skills involved in individual and group supervision in an array of service contexts. Supervisors are guided in structuring regularly scheduled supervisory sessions in accordance with the learning styles of supervisees and the appropriate use of individual versus group meetings. Emphasis is placed on supporting staff in self-assessment with careful attention to diversity, inclusion, and equity issues within the service context.

Learning Objectives (Supervisory Best Practices):

  1. Structure supervisory sessions in accordance with the learning styles of supervisees
  2. Establish regular supervision meeting schedules (to promote continuity, workload management, worker autonomy, and clarity of expectations
  3. Support supervisees in self-assessment of their practice strengths and challenges
  4. Structure individual supervision sessions focused on issues that pertain to individual staff including their clients, community, and organizational concerns and needs
  5. Structure group supervision sessions focused on common practice themes and situations (e.g., ethical dilemmas)
  6. Facilitate conversations with supervisees about power and privilege, social identities, and their experiences with race, ethnicity, and culture

Session 2: Teaching Social Work Assessment Skills

Date:
Friday, October 12, 2018
Description:
This workshop presents a conceptual framework for use as a teaching tool in enhancing the social work assessment skills of social service staff in their agency based work with clients. Included are a review of core content areas that need to be addressed, the appropriate application of research findings, and the steps to be taken in collecting, organizing, analyzing, and summarizing client data. Group exercises for enhancing supervisee assessment and interviewing skills are practiced as well as the objective use of assessment data to inform practice and set measurable goals.

Learning Objectives (Supervisory Best Practices):

  1. Use a holistic social work assessment framework as a teaching tool to guide supervisees in collecting client data
  2. Teach supervisees to systematically collect, organize, analyze, and summarize client data
  3. Encourage supervisees to assess and document client strengths as a central theme in their work with each client
  4. Help supervisees to recognize the influence of their own cultural biases (e.g., gender, race, age) on the assessment process and findings
  5. Facilitate interactive training on interviewing skills to promote effective client-worker collaboration in data collection
  6. Help supervisees to apply assessment findings in setting measurable goals with their clients

Session 3: Advancing Knowledge of Health Challenges across the Life Course

Date:
Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
Description:
This workshop helps supervisors to support social service staff in using evidence-informed approaches to common illness-related challenges that confront clients across the life course. Included are care transitions, acute health crises, management of chronic conditions, navigating health and long-term care systems, and the intersections of these issues with cultural diversity. Supervisors explore techniques for supporting teams in service planning, health education, and health advocacy.

Learning Objectives (Supervisory Best Practices):

  1. Review with supervisees the common illness-related challenges that confront clients across the life course (including care transitions, acute health crises, and navigating health and long-term care service systems)
  2. Support supervisees in the ongoing assessment of client health and illness
  3. Encourage and partner with supervisees to seek contemporary literature to better understand the health challenges confronted by clients (including chronic conditions , developmental disabilities, and acquired disabilities)
  4. Assist supervisees in planning to meet the health needs of their clients
  5. Help supervisees to prepare for providing culturally-informed health education to clients
  6. Support supervisees in empowering and joining with clients in health advocacy

Session 4: Advancing Knowledge of Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges Across the Life Course

Date:
Friday, November 9, 2018
Description:
This workshop teaches supervisors how to support staff in planning to meet the needs of clients with mental illnesses and substance use across the life course through ongoing assessment of mental disorder symptoms and their potential impacts on clients and their families, building understanding of effective practice models as supported by research evidence, appreciating the complex nature of self-determination, and the intersections of these issues with cultural diversity.

Learning Objectives (Supervisory Best Practices):

  1. Encourage and partner with supervisees in reviewing symptoms of relevant mental disorders and their potential impacts on clients and their families
  2. Support supervisees in the ongoing assessment of signs and symptoms of mental illness and addiction among clients
  3. Guide and partner with supervisees to evaluate what is known about the effectiveness of practice models currently used in agencies to address major mental health conditions and addictions from childhood to late life
  4. Assist supervisees in planning to meet the needs of clients with mental illnesses or addictions (who often require more effort, time, advanced planning, and skill from their social service providers)
  5. Work with colleagues and social service teams to identify models of service delivery for clients with mental illness or substance use that are supported by research and which fit with agency goals and structures
  6. Support supervisees in addressing the complex nature of self-determination

Session 5: Building Capacity among Staff for Effective Practice with Families

Date:
Friday, November 30, 2018
Description:
This workshop guides supervisors to teach supervisees a systems approach for assessing the diverse strengths, limitations, and needs of client families. It further guides supervisors to support staff in ethical practice and effective communication with client family members and family groups. Evidence-informed strategies for addressing complex and dysfunctional family situations involving abuse and violence, codependence, and caregiving challenges are discussed.

Learning Objectives (Supervisory Best Practices):

  1. Encourage and partner with supervisees to pursue an evidence informed approach to practice with families
  2. Teach a systems approach in assessing the strengths, limitations, and needs of the client’s family
  3. Help supervisees understand the differential needs of older and younger families and their situations
  4. Lead supervisees in practicing effective ways of communicating with family members, individually and in groups
  5. Support supervisees in applying culturally competent and racially equitable approaches to working with older clients and families
  6. Address ethical issues that arise in practice with families (family caregiving, family dysfunction, and family violence)

Session 6: Furthering Ability to Confront Performance and Organizational Challenges

Date:
Friday, December 14, 2018
Description:
This workshop highlights other challenges supervisors may face including supervisees’ performance problems, organizational challenges, and ethical dilemmas in practice. Supervisors will collaborate in exploring strategies for addressing these challenges and promoting worker self-care to strengthen worker wellness and retention. Participants will seek to integrate lessons learned throughout the program.

Learning Objectives (Supervisory Best Practices):

  1. Communicate clearly and directly with supervisees about performance problems
  2. Teach and partner with supervisees to recognize and respond to ethical dilemmas
  3. Guide and partner with supervisees to identify practices which promote wellness among staff
  4. Engage in my own supervision and ongoing professional development
  5. Provide leadership within the organization to create a culture where supervision is sanctioned and necessary resources are allocated to assure staff learning
  6. Assist supervisees in understanding their roles and the roles of other team members, administrators, and clients in achieving collective and individual goals
This program is part of a multi-site initiative being coordinated by Adelphi University faculty with support from the Florence V. Burden Foundation and the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.