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  • 1.  Site Visit Requirements

    Posted Jan 16, 2023 10:40
    Hello Field Directors,

    As a small rural university, we are trying to navigate site visits for initial, midterm, and final evaluations.  Are we able to use Zoom technology for all of the site visits?  Are there parameters by CSWE as far as distance as to what can justify use of virtual conferencing? 

    Thank you!

    Mandy Lilly, MSW, CAPSW
    Associate Professor/Field Director
    University of Wisconsin-Superior

    Mandy Lilly
    Associate Professor
    Superior WI

  • 2.  RE: Site Visit Requirements

    Posted Jan 17, 2023 10:35

    I have been giving the field instructors a choice of a zoom site visit or an in person site visit and just about all of them prefer the zoom option. I am not sure if CSWE has restrictions concerning this and would also like to hear from others concerning this issue.

    Kathleen Siracusa
    MSW Field Coordinator
    Stockton University
    Galloway NJ

  • 3.  RE: Site Visit Requirements

    Posted Jan 18, 2023 11:04
    Hi Mandy,
    We also give the option of zoom and in person for our campus based students and all of our distance students (BSW and MSW) do zoom site visits. Zoom works really well for us and is becoming the preferred method. My understanding is that CSWE does not have restrictions or requirements about what modality has to be used for what distance. 


    Katharina Werner
    Director of Field Education
    University of Montana
    Missoula MT

  • 4.  RE: Site Visit Requirements

    Posted Jan 18, 2023 12:39
    We do many of our visits via zoom. This is also necessary for online students who live in other geographic areas. CSWE does not specify how this happens, they simply say that programs must have a process for engaging with field education settings, a process for monitoring student learning in placements, etc. They do not tell us how we go about doing this, just that we need to identify as programs what this process looks like. So if your program determines that you do this via zoom, that is fine as long as that is part of your program's process.

    Lindsey Rinehart
    Field Education Director & Clinical Instructor
    West Virginia University
    Morgantown WV

  • 5.  RE: Site Visit Requirements

    Posted Jan 19, 2023 12:55
    Hi Mandy,
    We use zoom primarily for site visits, with some provisions.  If the site is new, we are more likely to visit it or if problems develop.  Otherwise, field instructors and sites have appreciated the zoom option as it makes the process more efficient.  
    Tonya Slawinski, Ph.D
    Director, Field Education
    University of Pittsburgh,
    School of Social Work

    Tonya Slawinski
    Director, Office of Field Education
    University of PIttsburgh, School of Social Work
    Pittsburgh PA