Hi @Jen Barile,We use Off-Site Field Instructors regularly. They are typically community practitioners that we pay to provide this external MSW supervision. We are on the quarter system, and this job description has a lot more information including expectations, hour requirements, pay per quarter, and qualifications. We typically assign no more than 5 students per OSFI, but many of our OSFI's choose to commit a fewer number of students. On rare occasion, if a student has a particular obscure practice interest area or is a very high need student, we may ask (beg) a field faculty/staff or liaison to provide the off-site supervision, and if they do, we compensate them at the same rate in the job description. Hope this helps,
We have used off site field instructors who have been a combination of field faculty, adjuncts and some adjuncts who have taught in the past. We are moving away from this model as we found that it really didn't make for a consistent learning experience. Off site faculty did not have the understanding of the agency that onsite faculty did.
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Hi, Jen! I just posted a similar question yesterday. I'm curious as to how it's going for your program now. We are a relatively new online MSW program in New York, and the MSW shortage is causing some problems for our student interns. NYSED requires our field supervisors to be licensed, so that's an additional issue. I also feel strongly that outside field instructors should be paid a decent wage, so we're trying to figure out a good rate.
I'd appreciate anyone's additional input on this. Thanks much!
We are working mostly with MSWs in our local community in Missoula, MT to provide outside MSW supervision to students who do not have a practicum supervisor with an MSW degree at their agency/site. We also have an online MSW program in addition to an in-person MSW program, so we also work with MSWs who do not reside in Montana, to provide supervision. At times, both in-person and online MSW students are in the same supervision group. Most of our supervision meetings are held via Zoom with one MSW supervisor and approximately 4-6 students, and they meet every-other week for 1.5 hours. We do pay folks an hourly wage for this role. I think my colleague, Kat Werner, also responded to your post, and she was able to offer a little more information. :) Thanks!
Thanks so much, Jen! This sounds like a good plan.
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