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Featured Events

  • 2019 Field Education Institute

    Includes a Live Event on 10/24/2019 at 7:00 AM (EDT)

    This live-streamed virtual conference will feature the opening session and three breakout sessions of the 2019 Field Education Institute presented at the APM. Breakouts will focus on understanding and evaluating student competencies in field education.

    Social Work Education


    CSWE is pleased to live-stream a portion of the 2019 Field Education Institute on Thursday, October 24, 2019. For a reduced, $100 registration fee, participants will have access to the opening plenary and panel presentation of the event and three breakout sessions focused on understanding and evaluating student competencies in field education. The full live-streamed program includes:

    9:00 am-10:30 am MT: Opening Plenary and Panel Response

    10:45 am-11:45 am MT: Developing Holistic Competence: Using Simulation to Prepare and Enhance Student Learning in Field Education (Part 1)

    • Presenters: Marion Bogo, OC, MSW; Toula Kourgiantakis, PhD; Ellen Katz, PhD; University of Toronto

    1:00 pm-2:00 pm MT: Developing Holistic Competence: Using Simulation to Prepare and Enhance Student Learning in Field Education (Part 2)

    • Presenters: Marion Bogo, OC, MSW; Toula Kourgiantakis, PhD; Ellen Katz, PhD; University of Toronto

    2:15 pm-3:15 pm MT: Field Evaluation Instruments Designed to Measure Social Work Competencies: A Psychometric Analysis

    • Presenters: Todd M. Jensen, PhD, MSW; Rebecca B. Brigham, MSW; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Recordings of all live-streamed sessions will be available following the event. Continuing education credit is also available (see tab above for details). E-mail learningacademy@cswe.org with questions.

    Marion Bogo, MSW

    Professor and Sandra Rothman Chair in Social Work, University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

    Marion Bogo teaches direct clinical social work practice and the theory and practice of social work education. Her research interests focus primarily on competency for professional practice including social work education, field education, and clinical social work supervision. In her research she has developed and tested field education models and the use of simulation in teaching and assessing student and practitioner competence.

    Ellen Katz, PhD

    Associate Professor, University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

    Ellen Katz is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Dr. Katz comes to the FIFSW with over 25 years of clinical practice working with individuals, couples, families and groups in hospitals and children’s mental health settings, with a particular interest, and with advanced training, in family therapy.  Her research and clinical interests focus on mindfulness and contemplative practices as informed by Buddhist thought, family therapy, simulation, and the development of competence in both students and clinicians.  The latter interest has led to her work with Professor Marion Bogo in developing novel approaches to assessment of student and practitioner competence.  Dr. Katz has been a Senior Investigator with the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute, the Dalai Lama’s initiative to bring science and contemplative practice together in developing interventions to ease human suffering and increase knowledge of how mindfulness can be used in that process.

    Toula Kourgiantakis, Phd

    Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Coordinator of the Simulation Program, University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

    Dr. Kourgiantakis is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and Coordinator of the Simulation Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW). Her research interests include social work education and use of simulation in social work teaching and assessment. As Simulation Coordinator, Dr. Kourgiantakis has been working with faculty members and field instructors to integrate simulation in the classroom and the field.  In 2015, Dr. Kourgiantakis launched an innovative educational enhancement known as Practice Fridays. Practice Fridays is a simulation-based learning activity that enhances interviewing and assessment skills in MSW students.

    Dr. Kourgiantakis’s research and teaching are informed by more than 25 years of clinical practice working with families. She is a Certified Couple and Family Therapist and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She is also President of the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and an Executive Council member for the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). She continues to work with couples and families in private practice and offers consultation and supervision to professionals and agencies.

    Rebecca Brigham, MSW

    Assistant Dean of Field Education and Clinical Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, School of Social Work

    Rebecca B. Brigham, MSW is the Assistant Dean of Field Education and a Clinical Associate Professor at the UNC School of Social Work. She has served in this role for 16 years.  Prior to coming to the School of Social Work, Ms. Brigham worked for more than 20 years in public child welfare services both in the county and state levels and in private, not-for-profit agencies, focusing primarily on foster care and adoption services.  Ms. Brigham’s research interests are in social work field education and creating affirming field education settings for students who identify as LGBTQIA+.  Additionally, Ms. Brigham has co-led a global immersion study abroad courses to China and India.  Ms. Brigham is a previous past chair of CSWE’s Council on Field Education and a member of the North Carolina Field Education Consortium.  

    Todd M. Jensen, PhD

    Research Associate, Jordan Institute for Families; Research Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work

    Dr. Todd Jensen is a Research Associate in the Jordan Institute for Families and a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Jensen is committed to promoting family resilience and youth well-being, and transforming the systems that best support them. He currently serves as Co-Principal Investigator on a federally funded, nationwide project aimed at supporting the U.S. Air Force Family Advocacy Program and their efforts to prevent family maltreatment among active duty members. He also serves as an investigator on two additional projects. One is a multi-year grant to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Get Ready Guilford Initiative, a large-scale community effort focused on promoting the healthy development and school readiness of children in Guilford County, North Carolina. The other is a multi-year contract to evaluate the Building Bridges Initiative, a state-wide effort in North Carolina to promote family engagement in youth psychiatric residential treatment facilities.


    Continuing education credits (CEs) are available to participants of the 2019 Field Education Institute, including the live-streamed portion. In order to earn credit, you must fully participate in each session and complete the evaluation form available under the "Contents" tab. You can earn 4.5 continuing education clock hours from this event.

    CSWE is authorized to offer CEs through the Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. ASWB Approval Period:1/23/2018-1/23/2021. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. Please note that, although ACE provider CEs are accepted by most U.S. state licensing boards, the final authority for approving any continuing education activity rests with the regulatory board of the state where you are licensed. Even those states that accept ACE approval may have exceptions in terms of courses they will accept. 

    E-mail CEsatAPM@cswe.org with any questions or comments.

    Procedures for Complaint and Grievance Management 

    Please follow the below outlined procedures to issue a complaint or grievance regarding any matter related to CSWE's continuing education program:

    Complaints or grievances must be submitted in writing to CSWE via mail at 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314 OR via e-mail to CEsatAPM@cswe.org. Complaints will be reviewed by the CE Program Manager and responded to in writing within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint. Individuals issuing a complaint/grievance may request to have a phone hearing with the CE Program Manager in the event that they disagree with CSWE's written response. A record of all written complaints/grievances and CSWE's written responses are kept on file and reported to the Association of Social Work Board's Approved Continuing Education Program. Summary information is shared with CSWE conference staff to improve future events and services.



  • 2017-2018 Assessment Academy

    A year-long program of online and in-person workshops and presentations on assessment in social work education

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    The 2017-2018 CSWE Assessment Academy is tailored for social work programs interested in developing an ongoing commitment to assessing and improving student learning. Participants are presented with new ideas and techniques for influencing an assessment culture, increasing capacity to assess student learning, and using assessment data to improve student learning.

    The Academy features recorded presentations from the 2017 CSWE Annual Program Meeting, including:

    • Understanding Competency Assessment
    • Development and Use of Rubrics
    • Assessment of Competencies in Field Education
    • Assessment of Implicit Curriculum

    Additional webinars featuring assessment approaches and tools used by different social work programs will be presented in Spring 2018.

    Participants will learn:

    • Innovative approaches to assessing and improving student learning with assessment data
    • Tools for assessing social work competence and the implicit curriculum
    • Competency assessment with the 2015 EPAS

    Who should participate? Faculty and staff that have responsibility for assessment activities for their social work program

    Disclaimer: The workshops presented in the Assessment Academy are not mandated by the CSWE Commission on Accreditation, and programs are not required to use them for the purposes of accreditation. These workshops are offered only as resources for programs in developing their program and classroom assessment activities. For accreditation, programs should refer to the 2015 EPAS Reaffirmation Training.


    Allison Zippay, PhD

    Director of Doctoral Program/Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Social Work

    Dr. Zippay's research areas encompass community planning and community practice, and the ways in which place and social connections affect life prospects, including economic opportunity and social service utilization, for various subgroups of the poor. Dr. Zippay received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to examine the ways in which communities and service agencies plan and locate psychiatric housing. This research identified 'geographies of opportunity' that promote social and community inclusion, and factors associated with community opposition to special needs housing. Other research examines resource mobilization and employment among low-income groups. Dr. Zippay has served as Associate Dean for Curriculum, and was a participant in the Management Development Program at the Harvard University Institute for Higher Education. She teaches graduate courses in the areas of policy and management. She is a recipient of the Rutgers University Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    Marion Bogo, MSW

    Professor and Sandra Rothman Chair in Social Work, University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

    Marion Bogo teaches direct clinical social work practice and the theory and practice of social work education. Her research interests focus primarily on competency for professional practice including social work education, field education, and clinical social work supervision. In her research she has developed and tested field education models and the use of simulation in teaching and assessing student and practitioner competence.

    Christina Bruhn, PhD, LCSWE

    Assistant Professor, Aurora University School of Social Work

    Dr. Bruhn is an Associate Professor at the Aurora University School of Social Work and Co-Director of Assessment for Aurora University. Aurora University is a private university offering 65 undergraduate and majors and minors and 16 graduate majors. Dr. Bruhn manages assessment of curricular outcomes for these programs as well as co-curricular outcomes on three physical campuses and online. Dr. Bruhn oversees the School of Social Work’s assessment for both program accreditation (CSWE) and regional university accreditation (HLC). Dr. Bruhn is also P.I. for evaluation of 22 after-school programs in the City of Aurora. Dr. Bruhn worked previously as a Research Specialist for the Children and Family Research Center and has over 15 years of program evaluation experience. Dr. Bruhn is an Accreditation Site Visitor for CSWE and serves on the Educational Policy Commission.

    Megan Fujita, MSW

    Associate Director of Accreditation, CSWE

    Megan Fujita is the Associate Director of Accreditation for the Council on Social Work Education. Megan has experience as a social work clinician, and worked as a curriculum coordinator, organizing reaffirmation and assessment efforts at a school of social work prior to joining CSWE in 2014. She is currently earning her Ph.D. in Education Policy where she studies higher education accountability policies.

    Beverly Black, PhD

    Michelle Jillian Smith Professor in Family Violence Research, University of Texas at Arlington

    Dr. Black's areas of expertise are domestic violence, sexual assault, adolescent dating violence, and prevention programming.  She publishes extensively in the area of violence against women and mentors doctoral students interested in intimate parent violence. Her current research focuses on effective parental responses to teens’ disclosures of abusive relationships and the evaluation of a teen dating violence prevention program for Karen refugee youth. She is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award from CSWE. She has long been active in CSWE, including the serving on the Women’s Council and co-chair for the Violence Against Women and Children Track. She currently serves on CSWE’s Commission of Accreditation. 

    Julie Guevara, PhD, LMSW

    Professor Assessment and Accreditation Officer, Grand Valley State University School of Social Work

    served as an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2005-2015 at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. Dr. Guevara was responsible for the University’s strategic planning, program assessment, student outcomes and benchmarking activities as well as overseeing university and specialized discipline specific re-accreditation processes. She led GVSU through its regional re-accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission where GVSU received the maximum 10 year re-accreditation with no required follow-up. She also served as the primary author of GSVU’s Self-study. Dr. Guevara has led GVSU through its strategic planning efforts in 2010 and 2015. She helped design and implement data management systems to streamline collection and analysis of assessment and strategic planning data. She has presented numerous assessment and strategic planning workshops at national conferences and serves as a peer site visitor for the Higher Learning Commission and the Council on Social Work Education. After 10 years in Central Administration Dr. Guevara returned to the Social Work faculty where she had served as the BSW program director, interim Director of the School of Social Work and full professor. She currently teaches in both graduate and undergraduate social work programs.


    Antoinette Farmer, PhD

    Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Social Work

    Dr. Farmer's research focuses on two areas:  (1) social work education, more specifically educating social workers about appropriate research methodologies to use when conducting research with diverse groups and assessment of the explicit and implicit curriculum and (2) parenting behaviors and outcomes. Her research has been published in Social Work, Journal of Social Service Research, and Children and Youth Services Review. She co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Social Service Research, which was devoted to informing researchers of the methodological issues confronting them when conducting research with minority and oppressed populations. She has also written several chapters on this issue as well, with the most recent appearing in the Handbook of Social Work Research Methods (2nd Edition).  Additionally, she co-authored a book entitled, “Research with Diverse Groups:  Research Design and Multivariate Latent Modeling for Equivalence”.  She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work:  Social Thought and has  presented at numerous national and international conferences. She is currently writing a book entitled, “Social Work Research Methods:  A Problem-Based Approach”. In 2015, she and her colleagues Drs. N. Andrew Peterson and Allison Zippay received the CSWE Best Quantitative Article Award for the article entitled, “The implicit curriculum in an urban university setting:  Pathways to students’ empowerment”. Journal of Social Work Education, 50, 630-647. 

  • Women, Risky Drinking and Alcohol-exposed Pregnancies : A Framework for Field Instructors

    A free CE course on preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies specifically designed as a framework for field instructors

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    Overview:

    High-risk drinking among US women has increased significantly over the past decade and is linked to serious adverse health and reproductive outcomes.  This self-paced course describes current patterns of alcohol use among women; risk factors for alcohol-exposed pregnancy; fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD); and what social workers can do to support/deliver alcohol screening and brief intervention and other preventive services in social work clinical practice. Case study and clinical practices that support social work field instruction and supervision are also discussed. 

    CSWE is pleased to partner with the University of Texas at Austin to offer free continuing education credit (CE) for this course. Funding was provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cooperative agreements NU84-DD00147 (University of Texas at Austin) and NU01-DD001131 (Baylor College of Medicine). Participants must review the "CE Instructions" prior to participating in the course.

    Participants will learn to:

    •Describe prevalence and patterns of high-risk drinking among women of reproductive age
    •Identify who is at risk of an alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP) and 3 prevention practices
    •Describe Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) as an outcome of prenatal alcohol exposure
    •Identify topics/activities for field instruction around risky alcohol use, stigma, and difficult conversations about risky behaviors  

    Who should participate?

    This course is appropriate for anyone with an interest in women's substance/alcohol use, evidence-based interventions, and FASD. Relevant social work competencies and a case study are provided to support field instruction of students. 

    Participants may earn 1.25 continuing education clock hours after completing the training. The course is appropriate for generalist or clinical social work practice and the degree of difficulty is intermediate. To earn a CE certificate, participants must:

    • Review all the course material, including 3 required readings and 5 brief webinar presentations (total training time is approximately 1-1 1/2 hours)
    • Correctly answer a minimum of 80% of the assessment questions
    • Complete the electronic evaluation form
    • Verify their identity through an online acknowledgement form

    After meeting these minimum requirements, participants can select a CE certificate to print that will list the participant name, course name, number of CEs, and the date of completion.

    CSWE (ACE Approval #1163) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 1/23/2018-1/23/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

    Scheduled Access/Interaction

    All content for this course is asynchronous, so participants can complete the course on their own time and at their own pace. There is no scheduled access/interaction with course speakers. If you would like to communicate with a speaker or CSWE staff about this course, please e-mail learningacademy@cswe.org. CSWE operates regular business hours (9:00 am-5:00 pm) Monday-Friday.

    Accommodations for a Disability

    If you require accommodations to complete this course due to a disability, please e-mail learningacademy@cswe.org and provide a written explanation of the type of accommodation you require. 

    Procedures for Complaints and Grievances

    Please follow the below outlined procedures to issue a complaint or grievance regarding any matter related to CSWE's continuing education program:

    1. Complaints or grievances must be submitted in writing to CSWE via mail at 1701 Duke Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22314 OR via e-mail to apruitt@cswe.org
    2. Complaints will be reviewed by the CE Program Manager and responded to in writing within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint.
    3. Individuals issuing a complaint/grievance may request to have a phone hearing with the CE Program Manager in the event that they disagree with CSWE's written response. 

    A record of all written complaints/grievances and CSWE's written responses are retained and reported to the Association of Social Work Board's Approved Continuing Education Program. 

    Sandra Gonzalez, PhD, MSSW, LCSW

    Instructor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

    Dr. Gonzalez is an Instructor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Gonzalez received her MSSW from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. She has previously served as Coordinator of Field Services for the MSSW program at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Nashville campus). Dr. Gonzalez has 16 years of experience in clinical and academic settings with roles as a practicing clinician, researcher, and educator. She is currently a Co-Investigator on the CDC-funded FASD Practice and Implementation Center – South (FASD PIC – S) project, serving as content expert for social work and implementation of alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI). Her major interests include integrated behavioral health, prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP), brief interventions, and residency and medical student training. She has presented on the topics of FASDs, prevention of AEP, and implementation of alcohol SBI at national and international conferences. Dr. Gonzalez is also a past President of the Tennessee Chapter of NASW.

    Leah Davies, LMSW

    Associate Director of Strategic Health Alliance, Texas Center for Disability Studies

    Leah Davies, LMSW is the Associate Director of Strategic Health Alliance within The Texas Center for Disability Studies and a proud social worker. Ms. Davies has worked in a variety of human service systems and organizations in her career and is an active community volunteer and advocate. Her interests include: collective impact, social determinants of health, developmental disabilities, and in particular, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Ms. Davies contributed to the US Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA publication, Treatment Improvement Protocol 58: Addressing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Leah also co-authored a 2017 publication in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: What Pediatric Providers Need to Know along with Angela Nash, Ph.D., RN. PCNP.  Ms. Davies has extensive experience in creating and delivering presentations, building cross systems collaboration, working with emerging social work professionals, and analyzing policy. 

  • Managing a Field Education Program: A Training for New Field Directors

    A practical training on the key responsibilities of a new field director

    Field education is the signature social work pedagogy, and field directors play a critical role in ensuring that social work students develop the competencies to be successful practitioners. At the same time, field directors face complex and often competing demands that can be difficult to navigate without support. 

    This training addresses all of the main responsibilities of a new field director, including gatekeeping, working with field sites, working with students and field instructors, and integrating field and classroom curriculum. All content is available on-demand and can be completed at your convenience. Participants can also network with one another through a discussion forum and quarterly live webinars.

    After participating in this training, new field directors will be able to:

    1. Develop inclusive policies and procedures for the various aspects of their field program (recruiting field sites and instructors, placing students, evaluation) that incorporate the 2015 EPAS standards
    2. Identify strategies for integrating field education and other learning opportunities such as coursework
    3. Identify administrative processes that are commonly a responsibility of a field director or field department

    Who should participate? Field directors with less than two years of experience

    Total training time: 4-6 hours

    Estella Williamson, LCSW-R

    Assistant Dean and Director of Field Education, University of Albany SUNY

    Estella Williamson serves the School of Social Welfare as assistant dean and director of the Field Education Program. Williamson assists students in learning to develop, apply and integrate learned theoretical skills in social work practice settings. A licensed clinical social worker, Williamson's past experience in social work leadership involved managing programs in child welfare, outpatient mental health and addictions, prenatal services and HIV clinical and preventive care. Her management of clinical programming included the development and implementation of services; program monitoring and evaluation; and the procurement and management of State and Federal grants. She has served as a field instructor, adjunct instructor and speaker on social work practice and theory.

    Elizabeth (Betsy) Voshel, LMSW

    Associate Clinical Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Instruction, University of Michigan

    Elizabeth (Betsy) Harbeck Voshel, LMSW, ACSW earned her MSW in social work from Western Michigan University in 1978, her BA in Sociology/Psychology in 1973 from Alma College and received a Post-Master’s teaching certificate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. She joined the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan as a clinical assistant professor in 2004 and was promoted to clinical associate professor in 2009. Previously, she was the Coordinator of the Field Education Program at the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University, and she was employed as a social worker at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs prior to that for 22 years where she won a national award for the development of an intensive case management program. She has been involved in NASW at the state and national levels since 1978 and was named Region II Social Worker of the Year in 2003. She served on the MI Chapter Ethics Committee of NASW for 24 years, and also on the NASW MI Chapter Board of Directors. Betsy created and developed a student peer facilitator teaching model for the U-M School's Foundation Field Seminar, and co-led the development and teaching effort in the School's e-Portfolio seminar. She has presented nationally and internationally focusing on developing signature field instruction curriculum, portfolio development, safety training for social workers, and countless workshops on social work ethics. She’s written several proposals that have been funded, and is the co-author of a Social Work textbook and several articles.

    Traci Lilley, MSW, LCSW

    Associate Director & Director of Field Education, Louisiana State University

    Traci Lilley received her BSW in 1990 from Louisiana College in Pineville, LA and her MSW in 1995 from Louisiana State University. She began her career at LSU in 1996 as Assistant Director of Field Education. She was promoted to Director of Field Education in 2002, and has served as Assistant Dean of Field Education from 2005-2012.  Her role changed to Associate Director of the School and Director of Field Internships in August 2012 when the School became a part of the College of Human Services and Education.  Ms. Lilley has been recognized by students, colleagues and community partners through the years as Louisiana Social Worker of the Year, LSU Outstanding Staff Award and Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  Ms. Lilley is a frequent guest lecturer locally and nationally on a wide range of social work topics with special focus on ethics, gatekeeping and social work retention. Prior to her tenure at LSU, Ms. Lilley worked in the area of mental health and family services. Her continued areas of practice are mental health issues, family issues, parenting education, and advanced social work supervision.

    Darrin E. Wright, PhD, LMSW, MAC

    Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education, Clark Atlanta University

    Dr. Wright is an Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education, at Clark Atlanta University- Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work. Dr. Wright has served in his current position as Director of Field Education for the past 10 years. He is responsible for coordinating all aspects of Field Instruction including planning, coordination of agency/student placements, evaluation of the field agencies, and recruiting and training agency field instructors. Dr. Wright has over a decade of community-based social work practice in the area of community-based mental health and addictions practice with individuals, families and groups. He holds a B.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Manhattan, NY, and Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, Manhattan, N.Y., and a PhD in Social Work Policy, Planning and Administration from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA. Dr. Wright’s area of expertise and interest are: community based integrated behavioral healthcare practice, field practicum development and pedagogy, international social work practice, and workforce development initiatives for individuals with varying disabilities.

    Anwar Najor-Durack, PhD, MSW

    Assistant Professor, Clinical and Director of Field Education

    Dr. Najor-Durack has worked closely with various faculty in the School of Social Work to develop programs to better prepare social work students for professional practice. She served as the principle investigator of the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education grant that helps to prepare M.S.W. students for work with older adults.In addition to her work in the School, Dr. Najor-Durack is the current Chair of the Michigan Board of Social Work. In her work with the Board, she reviews allegations to determine need for investigations and has served as conferee on substantiated cases. As a former member of the Boards Disciplinary Sub-Committee, she has deliberated and voted on many cases for final disposition. Dr. Najor-Durack oversees the placement of all B.S.W. and M.S.W. students at the School. In addition to working with students to arrange and oversee field placements, she works closely with agency partners to cultivate strong relationships/affiliations that advance student preparation for professional practice.

    Cindy Hunter, MSW

    Associate Professor and Director of Field Placement

    Cindy Hunter, MSW, is Director of Field Placement at James Madison University. She is a  member of CSWE’s Council on Field Education and the Baccalaureate Program Director’s Field Committee. She currently chairs the Mid-Atlantic field consortium and is co-author with Julia Moen and Miriam Raskin of Social Work Field Directors: Foundations for Excellence (2016), Oxford University Press.

    CSWE would like to thank the CSWE Council on Field Education, the Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) Field Education Committee, the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors (NANFED), and our speakers for their contributions to this training, particularly:

    Janet Bradley, Director, Field Education Content Chair, West Chester University Department of Social Work

    Rebecca Brigham, Assistant Dean of Field Education and Clinical Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work

    Ann Petrila, Professor of the Practice of Social Work and Assistant Dean for Field Education, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work

    Riva Zeff, Field Director and Clinical Professor, Seattle University, Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work

    Cyndy Hunter, Associate Professor and Director of Field Placement, James Madison University Department of Social Work

    Traci Lilley, Associate Director and Director of Field Education, Louisiana State University School of Social Work 

    Anwar Najor-Durack, Assistant Professor, Clinical and Director of Field Education, Wayne State University School of Social Work

    Elizabeth Voshel, Director of Field Instruction and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work

    Estella Williamson, Assistant Dean and Director of Field Education, University at Albany SUNY School of Social Welfare

    Darrin Wright, Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education and Practicum Activities, Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work




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    This hybrid training consists of both online modules available on-demand in the CSWE Learning Academy and attendance at one all-day face-to-face workshop. Registration is required for access to the modules and attendance at the face-to-face sessions.

    The Department of Social Work Accreditation is pleased to announce the 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) Reaffirmation Workshop training package.

    This hybrid training consists of both online (asynchronous) workshop modules available on-demand for programs and their faculty along with attendance at one all-day face-to-face workshop with the program's accreditation specialist. Registration is required for access to the modules and attendance at the face-to-face sessions.

    Online Modules

    The five online modules and related workshop handouts as well as the recording of the welcome & Introductory webinar, which took place on February 19, 2016, are available for immediate use with program registration and payment.

    The online portion of the training consists of the following on-demand modules:

    • Welcome & Introduction to Training Package
    • Overview of the Reaffirmation Process
    • Overview of the 2015 EPAS
    • Understanding the 2015 EPAS Social Work Competencies
    • Preparing to Write the Self-Study: Top Ten List

    Face-to-face Workshops

    The face-to-face workshops allow participants to meet in a small group with other programs and their Accreditation Specialist to focus more in-depth on the 2015 EPAS and preparing for each stage of reaffirmation. Face-to-face sessions will focus on how to:

    1. Complete the reaffirmation eligibility process
    2. Understand and apply the standards to your program
    3. Write the self-study
    4. Plan and participate in the site visit
    5. Complete the program response to the site visit report

    2019 face-to-face workshops are scheduled for:

    • Friday, March 1, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
      CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA 
    • Friday, April 12, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
      CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA
    • Friday, May 3, 2019  (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
      CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA
    • Friday, August 2, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
      CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA
    • Friday, November 15, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
      CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    The 2015 EPAS reaffirmation training package is offered to CSWE program members for $750 per program. This fee allows faculty members unlimited access to the five online training modules and up to four attendees at one face-to-face reaffirmation session. Programs interested in sending more than four attendees to the face-to-face workshops will be charged $200 per additional registrant.

    To request additional information or if you have questions about these workshops, e-mail accredworkshop@cswe.org or contact your program's accreditation specialist.

    To register for the 2015 EPAS Reaffirmation training package, programs must register and submit payment via the CSWE Learning Academy. Please note that registration through the CSWE Learning Academy does not reserve space at a face-to-face session and a registration form must be submitted. See below for details.

    Individuals registering for this training package will need to share their login information to give additional faculty and staff access to the modules. For information on obtaining a CSWE login please scroll down to How do I log into the CSWE Learning Academy?


    Face-to-Face Workshop Registration

    Registration through the CSWE Learning Academy and payment are required prior to signing up for attendance at a face-to-face workshop. To secure space at a face-to-face workshop please visit the Face-to-Face Workshop Registration box on the right side of the page. Programs will be asked to fill out a registration form which will be submitted via email to accredworkshop@cswe.org.

    Programs interested in sending more than four attendees to the face-to-face workshops will be charged $200 per additional registrant. Please contact accredworkshop@cswe.org for information on registering additional participants.

    2019 face-to-face workshops are scheduled for:

    • Friday, March 1, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
      CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA 
    • Friday, April 12, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED)  
    • CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA
    • Friday, May 3, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
      CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA
    • Friday, August 2, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
    • CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA
    • Friday, November 15, 2019 (DATE FULL-REGISTRATION CLOSED) 
      CSWE Headquarters Alexandria, VA

    How do I log into the CSWE Learning Academy?

    In order to register for the 2015 EPAS Reaffirmation training package, you must have a CSWE account login. If you have not signed up for an account on the CSWE website, you will need to do so. You can create an account by visiting www.cswe.org and clicking “Log In" at the top of the page. You will be prompted to sign up as a new contact. You can then log into the CSWE Learning Academy with your e-mail address and the password included in the confirmation e-mail you receive. Please allow 48 business hours for your account to be processed.

    If you are already a CSWE individual or program member, log in with the e-mail and password associated with your membership.

    E-mail learningacademy@cswe.org if you have trouble logging in.