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  • 1.  Field Ed Directors roles and workloads

    Posted Jul 26, 2022 12:45
    I am working on educating our Dean about the daily job duties in the Field Education Department. I want to increase their understanding of the daily demands Field Directors experience. I thought a visual would help create a comprehensive picture of all that goes into Field Ed. Before I create one, I was wondering if anyone has done this and would be willing to share? 

    Next question- our University is working on fair faculty workloads. I am curious if there are formulas that are used within Field Education to determine the caseload of Field Directors/Coordinators? I am the MSW Director and solely run the MSW FE program with an average of 75-85 active MSW students in practicum during the fall/spring (this means an additional 75-85 MSW students going through the intake, interview, placement process during fall/spring). I also teach 2 courses each semester, committees, etc. We had several student issues/disruptions this last year and the stress within agencies has been noticeably  elevated. Time is my biggest resource in this role and I find there is not enough time to fulfill the various roles. This led me to be curious if this is a current problem in Field Education or if this has been an ongoing problem

    I did some research and I am going to include two great resources that indicate Field Directors have been struggling for quite some time. This tells me stress levels are high for those in Field Ed.

    CSWE Field Education Survey

     Complex and Competing Demands in Field Education: A qualitative study of field director's experiences: Buck.pdf (

    Thanks to anyone who has time to share information or feedback:) 

    Alicia Lawrence, LSCSW

    Social Work Lecturer

    MSW Field Education Director

    Department of Social Work 

    Washburn University


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    Alicia Lawrence
    Washburn University
    Topeka KS

  • 2.  RE: Field Ed Directors roles and workloads

    Posted Jul 27, 2022 08:39
    Good morning, 

    Here are two different graphics I have used in earlier presentations if they are helpful.  I am also hoping that CSWE will do another Field Survey as so much has changed since 2017 and does not capture the impact of the pandemic.  


    Traci Lilley
    Associate Director of the School and Field Directo
    LSU School of Social Work
    Baton Rouge LA

  • 3.  RE: Field Ed Directors roles and workloads

    Posted Jul 27, 2022 10:40
    Hi Traci,
    Thank you very much! Your visuals are exactly what I was looking for! I appreciate you taking time to send me your creations. 
    Have a wonderful day :) 

    Alicia Lawrence

    Alicia Lawrence, LSCSW
    Washburn University
    Topeka KS

  • 4.  RE: Field Ed Directors roles and workloads

    Posted Aug 02, 2022 10:56

    Thank you for this!!

    Kathleen Siracusa, MSW, LCSW
    Coordinator of Field Education
    Masters in Social Work Program
    Stockton University