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  • 1.  Field Supervisor Question

    Posted Sep 21, 2023 00:28
    Edited by Penny McQuinn Sep 21, 2023 08:07

    Hi all, 

    When we were preparing for our reaccreditation a couple of years ago, I read in some of the CSWE information a small piece regarding sites that do not have social workers providing supervision.  I have worked hard to increase the number of BSW internships that have a social worker with 3 years of experience supervising them.  Understandable, I've gotten a little pushback from a couple of our sites that have social workers with experience in their agency/programs but insist on having a non-social worker provide field supervision. While I believe that these individuals are valuable experts and have a lot to offer, I am working towards having all of our BSW interns supervised by BSW/MSWs with three years of experience.  I believe CSWE strongly encourages/prefers/recommends that field supervisors hold either a BSW or MSW and 3 years of experience.  I just can't find this in writing.  I would greatly appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction. 

    Thank you in advance. 

    Penny McQuinn
    Field Director/Lecturer
    SUNY Plattsburgh
    Plattsburgh NY

  • 2.  RE: Field Supervisor Question

    Posted Sep 21, 2023 22:21

    Penny, the 2015 EPAS standards state:

    B2.2.9 The program describes how its field education program specifies the credentials and practice experience of its
    field instructors necessary to design field learning opportunities for students to demonstrate program social work
    competencies. Field instructors for baccalaureate students hold a baccalaureate or master's degree in social work
    from a CSWE-accredited program and have 2 years post-social work degree practice experience in social work. For
    cases in which a field instructor does not hold a CSWE-accredited social work degree or does not have the required
    experience, the program assumes responsibility for reinforcing a social work perspective and describes how this is

    Julie Kates, MSW, LCSW
    Associate Professor of Practice
    Director of Field Education
    School of Social Work
    Portland State University

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers