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Social Work Field Directors

Foundations for Excellence

edited by Cindy Hunter, Julia Moen, and Miriam Raskin

Publication Date - 01 April 2016

ISBN: 9780190656447

336 pages


Professors Hunter, Moen, and Raskin present scholarship from experts to shape field policies and curricula in the revised edition of Social Work Field Directors: Foundations for Excellence. The work of each contributing author sets standards for program quality and student competence, and makes clear the need to incorporate community practice experience with social work program education. This book is a resource that provides in-depth knowledge to help new and experienced field directors develop, execute, maintain, and evaluate field education programs. It illustrates how the signature pedagogy of social work education promotes sustainable changes to improve the quality of existing field programs.


  • Features an in-depth discussion of the 2015 CSWE EPAS criteria and discusses mutliple approaches to achieving compliance.
  • Includes case studies addressing sexual harrassment, professional development, student placement, distane learning, gatekeeping, and more.
  • Contains valueable content applicable to BSW and MSW programs, as well as the needs of rural, urban, and dinstance learning schools.

About the Author(s)

Cindy Hunter (MSW, Howard University) is a licensed social worker, associate professor, and director of field placement in the Department of Social Work at James Madison University. She is co-chair of the BPD Field Committee and leads the Mid-Atlantic field consortium's Virginia satellite branch. Professor Hunter's publications and presentations on field education focus on the field seminar and generalist practice.

Julia K. Moen (MSW, University of Minnesota; BSW, Bethel College) was associate professor of social work at Bethel University where she served as field director and faculty of undergraduate social work education for 25 years. She also maintained a clinical practice in the University Counseling Center. She is co-chair of the BPD Field Committee. Her conference presentations focus on field education and international partnerships.

Miriam Raskin (EdD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; MSW, University of Maryland) is professor emerita of social work at George Mason University and previously served as field director and department chair. She is a founding member of the BPD Field Committee and the Mid-Atlantic Field Consortium. Dr. Raskin has chaired accreditation site teams for CSWE and was selected as CSWE's first Senior Scholar.

Table of Contents


    Part I: Social Work Field Education: Past, Present and Future
    1. History, Standards, and Signature Pedagogy Dean Pierce
    2. Roles and Responsibilities of the Field Director Janet A. Bradley and Page Buck
    3. Innovative Field Models Julianne Wayne, Marion Bogo, and Miriam Raskin

    Part II: Nuts and Bolts of Field Education
    4. Developing and Maintaining Partnerships with Practice Settings Cindy Hunter and Nancy T. Poe
    5. The Field Instructor-Student Relationship: Roles, Responsibilities, and Skills Carolyn Knight
    6. Training and Supporting Field Instructors Carolyn Knight
    7. Facilitating Student Learning Between Classroom and Field Julia Moen, Denise Goodrich-Liley, and Sheila Dennis
    8. Evaluation of Student Learning Marion Bogo

    Part III: Critical Issues in Field Administration
    9. Gatekeeping Ginny Raymond and Lynda Sowbel
    10. Legal and Ethical Issues Raymie Wayne
    11. Safety and Risk Management Sharon Lyter

    Part IV Sustaining Field Directors and Field Programs
    12. Professional Development Martha Ellison, Sandra Posada, and Lisa Richardson
    13. Advancing Field Education through Technology Sheila Dennis
    14. Leadership and Management Michael J. Holosko and Jeffrey Skinner

    About the Authors