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Ruth McRoy, Donahue/DiFelice Endowed Professor of Social Work

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Field Agency Recruitment

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work takes great pride in the wide range of agencies with which we affiliate, in order to provide students with an outstanding practical education in social work. Please consider providing a Field Education experience for our students. Contact us at swfield@bc.edu to talk with us about the benefits and requirements. We look forward to including you in our educational community.

The Field Education Fact Sheet (PDF) explains the requirements for supervision, hours, and schedule, as well as the support and services offered to supervisors for their efforts.

The Placement Availability Form enables us to get a picture of your agency and its services. If your agency becomes affiliated with our school, this information will be posted on a database of agencies so that students can familiarize themselves with the opportunities available to them.

Field Supervisors

Field supervisors become a mentor in this apprenticeship model of education. Field supervisors are primarily responsible for developing a field educational plan and providing ongoing supervision and consultation to the student. They are also charged with orienting the student to the profession of social work and to the context in which their agency provides services.

Responsibilities of the Field Supervisor include the following:

  • Provide regularly scheduled, weekly supervision
  • Orient the student to the agency and its mission, policies, and procedures
  • Work with the student to meet Field Education requirements, such as the learning contract, process recordings, etc.
  • Provide an appropriate variety and number of assignments
  • Provide timely feedback on student performance
  • Complete a written evaluation at the end of each semester
  • Consult with the GSSW Field Advisor as needed, and meet with the advisor at least once a semester

Continuing Education

Seminar in Field Instruction
Field Supervisors, especially new ones, are invited to participate in our Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI). The seminar is offered free of charge to supervisors with students in the current academic year and provides 17.5 CEUs after successful completion. It meets eight times over the course of the academic year: five in the fall semester and three in the spring semester. The seminar combines a didactic presentation with group discussion. Supporting materials are made available online through Boston College's Blackboard Vista learning system.

To register for SIFI, complete the registration form and email it to anne.dolan@bc.edu. Class size is limited to 20 per class.

Member schools of the New England Consortium of Graduate Field Education Directors (NECON) offer SIFI and other workshops throughout the year. If you are unable to attend SIFI at Boston College, you may take one offered at another New England school of social work. See the NECON website for the complete program schedule. Contact each school directly to register.

Other Workshops
Boston College Graduate School of Social Work offers continuing education workshops throughout the year. Invitations to register for the workshops are sent to agency contacts, and most are offered free of charge in appreciation for the training of GSSW students.

Explore the Continuing Education page to see the calendar of workshops.

Field Supervisors Appreciation

The Field Education office annually invites interns and their supervisors to the Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast for Field Supervisors. Named in honor of Mary A. Mason, the GSSW's longest-serving Director of Field Education, the event is an opportunity to thank supervisors for their significant contribution to students' professional development and education.

Information about the upcoming Mary Mason Appreciation Breakfast will be on our Events page in the spring.

Contact Us

GSSW Field Education
Graduate School of Social Work
Boston College
McGuinn Hall 204C
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617-552-4027
swfield@bc.edu