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  • 1.  Field Manual Guidelines

    Posted Jun 27, 2022 14:39
    Hi all,

    I'm searching for the CSWE requirements on what is required in the field manual. We are updating and overhauling ours now, and I'd like a list of what is required.

    MSW Field Director
    University of Minnesota Duluth Social Work Department

    Sara Lien
    MSW Field Director
    University of Minnesota Duluth
    Duluth MN

  • 2.  RE: Field Manual Guidelines

    Posted Jun 28, 2022 12:21
    Hi Sara,
    I'd also be interested in this. We will be starting the process of reviewing and overhauling our field manuals as well this upcoming year. 


    Chris Barrans
    Director of Field Education
    University of Washington, Tacoma
    Tacoma WA

  • 3.  RE: Field Manual Guidelines

    Posted Jun 28, 2022 15:46
    Sara and Chris,

    I just went through reaffirmation last year at WVU, and from my recollection, there are no manual requirements. What there are, however, are requirements that students are informed and policies and processes are clear, and the field manual is the typical space where those things can live and be accessed. You can certainly review the reaffirmation self-study sections for field and see what is required to be in place, which is arduous but also sets you up for reaffirmation really well. One resource I found incredibly helpful when I started as field director 4 years ago was this book. It does a very good job of using accreditation requirements as the backdrop for all you do as a field team.

     You can see how we at UK have shifted our field manual to a magazine style publication that students and others bookmark instead of downloading to ensure version control.

    I hope this is helpful!

    Jeni Gamble

    Jenifer Gamble
    University of Kentucky