A Professional Development Program for Social Work Supervisors of Direct Practice across the Life Course
Social Work Practice Fellows (SWPF) is a premier tuition-based professional development program for MSW supervisors from community-based agencies. The educational model, which has been proven effective, calls for face-to-face interactive workshops taught by academic and practice-based experts utilizing brief didactic presentations, group learning activities, discussions of cases and supervision experiences, and the provision of extensive educational materials. SWPF is delivered by the continuing education departments of participating schools of social work and its workshops are led by expert social work practitioners and faculty scholars.
Cohorts of 20-25 MSW supervisors convene for scheduled learning sessions to receive 36 hours of training on supervisory best practices and are awarded 36 continuing education units to apply toward their state licensure for practice. SWPF also facilitates the creation of much-needed peer support for participating supervisors who are known to experience professional isolation and to benefit from peer networking. SWPF is offered in multiple communities and each new cohort of graduates will join a growing professional network of alumni with whom they can connect for mutual support.
The curriculum will be covered through 6 convenient learning sessions of 6 hours apiece, one session per month. Completion of all 6 sessions is required for earning the SWPF certificate and CE contact hours. the cost is $800.00 for all six sessions. Learn about all the sessions.
The session 2, Teaching assessment and planning skills in work with individuals and families, workshop offers the supervisor a multi-dimensional framework for teaching the practice skills required in work with individuals and families of all ages through the assessment and planning phases. Included are a review of the core content areas that need to be addressed in assessing the client/family situation including both strengths and challenges; the critical thinking required in collecting client data; and the ability to organize, interpret, and summarize these data. Supervisors will be encouraged to use interactive training techniques to teach the interviewing and communication skills that engage the client and family in assessment and planning. The special skills involved in working with the family as a social system will be discussed, as will the influence of the worker’s own cultural background on assessment and planning.
Session 2 Date, Time, Location
Date: November 10, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette Street
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13202
Parking is free
Learning Objectives (Supervisory Best Practices):
- Use a social work assessment/planning framework as a teaching tool to guide supervisees in direct practice with individuals and families
- Encourage critical thinking on the part of supervisees in the collection, organization, and summarization of client data
- Emphasize with supervisees the importance of documenting and supporting client strengths and setting measurable and attainable goals
- Help supervisees recognize the influence of their own background on the assessment process and be cognizant of the ethical dilemmas they may face
- Facilitate interactive training among supervisees on interviewing and communication skills that promote effective collaboration with clients and other stakeholders
- Emphasize with supervisees the importance of a family systems approach both in assessment and in planning
This event was first published on June 14th, 2023 and last updated on September 7th, 2023.
- Professional Development
- Nancy Cantor Warehouse
- Open to
- $800.00 for all six sessions
- Falk College
- Kristin Esposito
- Contact Kristin Esposito to request accommodations
- Parking is free