Chapter 12

Professional Development

Martha L. Ellison, Sandra Posada, and Lisa RichardsonProfessional Development is the theme of chapter 12 by Ellison, Posada, and Richardson. They show how to survive in an environment when no one else has a similar position: mentorship, publish and present research, continue education, engage in life-long learning through professional development, and ultimately, practice self care.

Chapter 12, Professional Development, offers recommendations for thriving and succeeding in an environment where the academic and administrative nature of the field director’s position is unique. Mentorship, research, continuing education, and practicing self-care are ways to sustain field directors. The authors provide guidance on how to balance field responsibilities, scholarship, and promotion and tenure. Readers will be oriented to field education professional networks including the Council on Social Work Education, the Baccalaureate Program Directors, the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors, and regional consortia.

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BPD-L email list.

CSWE Council on Field Education (COFE).

CSWE Field Directors Listserv at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

North American Network of Field Educators and Directors (NANFED). Home page at

The Field Educator. Simmons School of Social Work. Boston. Open Access (Free) Journal. Home page at

Cox, K., & Steiner, S. (2013). Self-care in social work: A guide for practitioners, supervisors, administrators. Washington, DC: NASW Press. Home page at

National Association of Social Workers (NASW). (2013). Practice & professional development. Retrieved from

Whitaker, T., & Arrington, P. (2008). Professional development: NASW membership workforce study. Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers. Retrieved from




Note: Cover design and material from Social Work Field Directors: Foundations for Excellence
by C.A. Hunter, J. K. Moen, and M. S. Raskin (Eds.), (2014) Chicago: Lyceum.
Copyright 2014 by Lyceum Books, Inc. Reprinted with permission.