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 3, Supervision to advance knowledge of mental health and substance use challenges impacting individuals and families across the life course, 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. Included are supervisory considerations for supporting social service workers in the 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.
Session 3 Date, Time, Location
Date: December 8, 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):
- Encourage and partner with supervisees in reviewing symptoms of relevant mental look disorders and their potential impacts on clients and their families
- Support supervisees in the ongoing assessment of signs and symptoms of mental illness, substance use, and trauma among clients and their families
- Guide and partner with supervisees to evaluate how our beliefs on mental illness and substance use influence our ethical practice
- Assist supervisees in planning for how they can help to meet the needs of clients with mental illnesses or substance use (who often require more effort, time, advanced planning, and skill from their social service providers)
- Work with colleagues and social service teams to identify effective models of service delivery for clients with mental illness or substance use that are supported by contemporary research literature and which fit with agency goals and structures
- Support supervisees in addressing the complex nature of self-determination, accounting for legal status, age, and neurodiversity
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