Skip to main content

Field Directors' Development Institute

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Morning Sessions From 9:00 am‒12:00 pm

I. Using Decision Cases to Develop Critical Thinking in Field Instructors

This FDDI will introduce the use of decision cases—written accounts of complex, ill-structured field placement scenarios—as a means to foster the critical thinking skills of field instructors. Through use of decision cases, field instructors have opportunity to solve dilemmas involving such areas as supervision methods, authority, boundaries, learning goals, expectations, and assessment.

Terry Wolfer, University of South Carolina

J. Dynamic Field Seminars That Promote Holistic Competence: An Instructional Workshop

Although field seminars might seem simple to lead, they require complex facilitation skills so that student learning is practice-centered, peer-based, and consistently pointed toward holistic competencies. In this FDDI, experienced seminar leaders will present dynamic exercises that stimulate in-depth reflection and integration.

Greg Merrill, University of California at Berkeley
Luna Calderon, University of California at Berkeley
Christina Feliciana, University of California at Berkeley


Thursday, November 3, 2016
Afternoon Sessions From 2:00 pm—5:00 pm

K. Foundations for Field Education Excellence: Training for Field Directors

Excellence in field education is fundamental to preparing students for social work practice. The director’s role is multidimensional, requiring specialized knowledge for effective program leadership. This FDDI will orient field directors to accreditation standards, literature, and best practices for designing, implementing, and maintaining an effective field program.

Janet A Bradley, West Chester University
Julia Moen, Meta Associates
Cindy A Hunter, James Madison University

L. Using Simulation to Teach “Best Practices” to Field Instructors: An Online Resource

Social work field education research and literature identify “best practices” for field education. Field directors require resources to train field instructors to use this knowledge. This FDDI will provide an innovative online resource using simulated field education scenarios to teach these practices and address challenging field education issues.

Andrea Litvack, University of Toronto
Ellen Katz, University of Toronto

Continuing Education

If you register for any one of these preconference workshops, you are eligible for three hours of continuing education units.