Hello, fellow field directors! I am the field director for a relatively new online MSW program in New York, and we are running into issues finding enough placement sites with on-staff licensed MSWs. We want to create a pool of qualified candidates we can utilize as needed to provide regular supervision for our interns when needed. What is the going pay rate for this? Does your school pay hourly or per semester? Do all schools/programs offer this service? Thanks so much!
We do not pay for field instructors, but some agencies we work with sometimes do (though not often)
The concern I have with paying field instructors is that it does become an equity issue and we are a profession with a code of ethics that asks/expects us to give back. However, I absolutely understand why this model is used when programs run into this issue.
Thanks for your reply, Courtney!
To clarify - we do not pay field instructors at agencies and simply do not have the means to do that for hundreds of folks. However, to ensure placements for students often residing in areas without AFIs on site that meet the CSWE accreditation requirements, including rural or indigenous communities across Montana and the Rocky Mountain West, we have decided to pay additional outside supervisors providing the social work lens to students. Students still have an AFI on site serving as their main go to and practicum supervisor.
Sorry for any confusion.
we pay outside supervisors $50/hour and offer a group supervision model for students that do not have a BSW/MSW AFI on site. Outside supervisors, most of them are LCSWs and program alumni, meet with students 1-1.5 hours every other week via Zoom. I am including the intro email below and am attaching the position overview as well for your review.
I hope this email finds you both well as you dive into this academic year and your practicum roles. I wanted to take a moment and get you connected to .... (LCSW, MSW) who will serve as your outside MSW supervisor for this academic year since your AFI at your agency does not meet the CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) MSW supervision requirements, which state that all MSW students must receive supervision from a person who holds a MSW with at least two years of post-degree experience. Thanks ...for agreeing to serve in this role and sharing your insight and experience with both our campus and online MSW students. [outside SV bio here]
In the outside supervisor role, ...will offer mostly educational and supportive supervision with a focus on the social work and social justice lens of our profession. Your day to day work and responsibilities at your practicum sites will be supervised and guided by your AFI on site who will assist with the development of your learning agreement, follow through on goals, regular site visits at the agency, practicum evaluations etc. ... is another support person for you who will have much to offer as you integrate your classroom learning into your practicum experience.
Your regular group supervision time with ... will be every other Friday, 3:00-4:30pm (MST) via Zoom throughout this fall and spring term. ... will follow up with the exact first official meeting date and a regular Zoom link.
· If students know they will be missing an upcoming outside supervision meeting, they must email reflection to outside MSW supervisor the day of the scheduled meeting.
· If students miss a meeting due to an unexpected illness or situation, they must email reflection to outside MSW supervisor within FIVE days of the scheduled meeting.
· Assignments must be saved in a digital Word file as follows: First Name_Last Name_SVreflection
Any questions please let me know. I hope you have a great semester together and will utilize this small supervision group as an additional community of practice space!
Thanks so much for all this, Kat! I think your coworker Jen also replied to my comment on her similar post from 2022. Very helpful!
At University of Minnesota Duluth we pay offsite field supervisors a $500 stipend. We have a student field fee from which the money comes. Through this payment they are also required to go through our background check process. It has really helped grow our pool of offsite folks who are willing to supervisor for us. We actually have more than we need, which is a good thing. :)
Thank you, Sara! This sounds like a sensible solution.
Hi Leigh Ann,
We have started paying a $500.00 stipend for supervising a student at an agency without a social worker. It helps agencies, the students (when we do not move them to a different agency)
Thanks so much for your input, Bonnie!
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