This book,Social Work Field Directors: Foundations for Excellence is written for the field director. It highlights the many functions required to develop, execute, maintain, and evaluate a field program. The authors of the different chapters compile original insights on all aspects of these multifaceted tasks. The importance of the work of the field office cannot be underestimated, because it affects the student’s competence, program assessment, renewal, and accreditation. The field director is the public face of the school of social work and identifies, trains, and supports social workers who serve as field instructors. 

The fourteen chapters were written by authors selected for their experience in field, recognition as accomplished researchers, and expertise in the chapter content. The authors are mindful of differences in programs such as baccalaureate and master level, program size, geographic regions (rural, suburban, and urban), and program delivery (face-to-face, hybrid,and online). Each chapter addresses everyday issues, and provides a synthesis of relevant literature and three to five of the most essential readings (see downloads). This book is not a recipe for a model field program or an encyclopedia that will cover everything under one subject heading. No resource can answer all the questions that directing a field program brings forth. Discussion with colleagues and systematic literature reviews are still required to capture the richness and variety of field delivery and to make adaptations in field.

Feature Authors

Throughout the book, additional contributing field scholars provide diverse and personal perspectives on the realities of field. The authors who wrote special features for the book include: Shelagh J. Larkin, Xavier University; JoAnn McFall, Michigan State University; Lisa Richardson, St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas; Lynda Sowbel, Hood College; Ruby M. Gourdine, Howard University; and, Kathy Cox, California State University-Chico

The Future of Social Workers

It is hoped that field directors are empowered by this work through enhanced knowledge and recognition of the role that field directors and field educators play in ensuring the competence and professionalism of future social workers.




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by C.A. Hunter, J. K. Moen, and M. S. Raskin (Eds.), (2014) Chicago: Lyceum.
Copyright 2014 by Lyceum Books, Inc. Reprinted with permission.