Orientation & Training
The School of Social Work offers 9-12 hours of continuing education through the Field Instructor Training Series (FITS), provided each year to current field instructors. Additional training is provided in orientations for BSW and MSW field instructors. For specific events and dates, see the Field Events Calendar.
All new field instructors are required to attend an orientation that covers a program overview as well as detailed information about working with students to complete field placement documentation.
FITS Foundation - (four-part, on-campus)
Our Foundation Field Instructor Training Series (FITS) is an opportunity to enhance teaching/supervising skills in a supportive group discussion format using a variety of materials that parallel students’ professional development in field. The four-part series provides an introduction to competency-based education and assessment and considers student learning across a development continuum. Sessions focus on student growth and flexibly respond to field instructors’ individual interests and specific student issues. These sessions are designed to meet the needs of both new and experienced supervisors who are new to our FITS curriculum.
FITS Advanced - (three-part, on-campus)
Our Field Instructor Training Series (FITS) – Advanced Consultation is an opportunity to continue to enhance teaching/supervising skills for those field instructors who have attended the Foundation FITS. The three sessions will involve interactive discussions of ethics, diversity, and best supervisory practices as well as time for consultation regarding field issues. These sessions are designed to meet the needs of supervisors who have attended our Foundation FITS and are interested in on-going teaching/supervising training and consultation. Please note, attendance at Foundation FITS is a prerequisite for Advanced FITS. Based on the design of these series and our space constraints, we ask that you attend sessions in only one on-campus series during the year.
*Both the FITS Foundation and FITS Advanced include two hours of ethics training.
FITS - Alternative Format - (three-part)
We also offer training in an alternative format for field instructors in distance placements. The curriculum addresses beginning, middle and end stages of student learning across a range of practice settings. Sessions also offer an opportunity to seek consultation on field education. The FITS Alternative Format series is appropriate for supervisors in settings that are outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Field instructors in those settings will receive an email with detailed information on how to participate.