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November, 2016

A warm welcome to our new Board Members: Amy Bullas, Froylana Heredia-Miller, Julie Kates, and Julie Navarre.  And congratulations to Michele Sienkiewicz, who has stepped into the role of President of NANFED, Theresia Johnson-Ratliff, Vice President, and Julie Kates, Secretary.  We bid farewell, with many thanks, to Beth Halaas, who has ended her term on the NANFED board.

October, 2016

We hope you can join us for NANFED’s events at the CSWE APM:  the 2016 Heart of Social Work Award Reception, and our annual NANFED Business Meeting.  Both events will be on Saturday, November 5, 2016, in the International 6 of the Marriott Marquis.

NANFED Business Meeting – 6:30 to 7:30 pm

Heart of Social Work Award Reception – 7:30 to 8:30 pm

In recent years there have been nearly 100 field-related events at the CSWE APM, including presentations, workshops, and meetings, the Field Director Development Institutes, and the annual Connect Session hosted by the Council on Field Education.  Click here for more information about NANFED and field events at the 2016 APM.

February, 2016

Field Directors and educators will be interested to see the results compiled through the Council on Field Education (COFE)’s Field Directors Survey.  The 2015 State of Field Education Survey report is available here.

January, 2016

Congratulations to NANFED founder and board member Ronnie Glassman on her newly released book: Finding your way through field work: A social work student’s guide.  Published by SAGE, the book offers guidance to BSW and MSW students as they engage in the signature pedagogy of field education.  More information is available here.

October, 2015

We were pleased to recognize our 2015 awardees at the NANFED Heart of Social Work Award reception, Saturday, October 17, 2015, at the CSWE APM in Denver, CO:

Jo Ann McFall, Dean Schneck Memorial Award for Distinction in Social Work Field Education

Carol Heinisch, Heart of Social Work Award

Click here for photos and more information.

September, 2015

We are delighted to welcome the brand new Alabama Field Consortium. The consortium spans the entire state of Alabama, a large geographic area with numerous social work programs. “All schools are welcome,” noted Allison Curington, Director of Field Education at the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama.

Curington, who initiated the process and is currently coordinating the group, explained that she was interested in creating the type of collaboration and networking she experienced in national arenas, such as at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting.   “We can be so isolated in our roles,” she said, “I wanted to try to pull people together in some way.”

Around the country, field education consortia represent a variety of forms and levels of organization. The Alabama group plans to meet in-person twice a year with conference calls in-between, providing an opportunity to talk about issues that are specific to field education and the field director role.

Curington noted that while many schools are located in rural areas of the state, several programs overlap in Birmingham. She hoped that providing an opportunity to collaborate across field programs would in turn allow the schools to be responsive to the needs of field agencies. “It’s a way to work with field instructors so they don’t feel burned out by all of us, and so we can really support their development. There are ways we can come together for the greater good.”

While it is still early days for the consortium, one possibility may be to collaborate on field instructor training. “We think you should have a certain set of skills to be a good field instructor, no matter which schools you are working with,” she noted. “We would like to provide training for those skills as a consortium.”

Articulating a core challenge for field directors, and a key factor in the development of field consortia around the country, Curington noted “at the end of the day we all need really good placements. How can we work together to foster that?”

For more information on the twenty regional field consortia in the United States, including a map and list of states and schools, click here.

August, 2015

We’re delighted to announce that NANFED has been granted federal tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.   Many thanks to the law firm Larkin Hoffman, which provided assistance with the application.

March, 2015

It was wonderful to see field education featured in the March, 2015 National Association of Social Workers NEWS.  The piece outlined the growth and development of field education curriculum, including the addition of competencies and practice behaviors expected of all students.  NANFED President and Treasurer Lisa Richardson spoke to the essential and ‘layered’ learning of field education.  Recent MSW graduates shared stories of the impact field education has had on their professional careers.  CSWE Council on Field Education Chair Jo Ann McFall recognized the important changes in accreditation, raising the profile of field education as the Signature Pedagogy, and also highlighted the needs of nontraditional social work field students.  The article is available online at this link.

February & March, 2015

Information from NANFED and CSWE has been posted, following the Field Summit at the 2014 Annual Program Meeting.  A summary of the discussion and themes identified at NANFED’s Post-Field Summit Dialogue (see December 2014 post, below) is available here, along with a link to the CSWE final summit report.

December, 2014

We hope you were able to join us for the NANFED events at the 2014 CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM), in Tampa, FL.  We were pleased to sponsor the Post-Summit Field Dialogue, the NANFED Business Meeting, and the  NANFED Award Reception.  This year we presented two very special awards.  The Heart of Social Work Award, honoring a field instructor for excellence in field education, was awarded to Illana Perlman.  New this year, the The Dean Schneck Memorial Award for Distinction in Social Work Field Educationrecognized Emeline Homonoff, faculty emertus at Simmons College, and founding editor of the Field Educator Journal.

October, 2014

We are pleased to announce the NANFED events at the 2014 CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM), in Tampa, FL.  All are welcome, as we consider best practices in field education and celebrate exemplars of the signature pedagogy of social work education.

Post-Summit Field Dialogue:  Friday, October 24, 2014, 5:00 to 6:30 PM, Tampa Convention Center, Ballroom B. New and unique for this year, the NANFED Board has arranged this opportunity for expanded dialogue about field education and the ideas generated at the 2014 Field Summit (which will have been held on Thursday, October 22).

NANFED Business Meeting: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:30 to 7:30 PM, Marriott Tampa Bay Waterside Hotel, Meeting Rooms 5 and 6.   Attend to hear about the work of NANFED over the course of the past year and plans for work in this coming year. Learn also about becoming a member of NANFED to support this work.

NANFED Award Reception: Saturday, October 25, 7:30 to 8:30 PM, following the Business Meeting, in the same location, Marriott Tampa Bay Waterside Hotel, Meeting Rooms 5 and 6.  We hope you will join us as we present two very special awards.  The Heart of Social Work Award, honoring a field instructor for excellence in field education, will be awarded to Illana Perlman.  New this year, the The Dean Schneck Memorial Award for Distinction in Social Work Field Education, will recognize Emeline Homonoff, faculty emertus at Simmons College, and founding editor of the Field Educator Journal.   Light refreshments will be served.

A full schedule of the 2014 APM Field Track (listing over 60 workshops in the field track) can be found by clicking here.

We hope you can join us!!

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