Supports & Benefits

Annual Planning, Networking and Orientation 

SSA's Annual Field Instructor Meeting and Appreciation Breakfast provides the forum to meet with SSA Field Educators throughout the metropolitan area., Here, there is Time to plan for  students and hear directly from SSA staff and instructors.

Essential Tools for Field Instruction Training

Field Instructor Training is required within the first year of being a field instructor, and is offered in September and October. The trainings are free to field instructors, and CEU’s are provided.

Ongoing Professional Development and Continuing Education Credit

Free Field Instructor Workshops

Field instructors are eligible for 50% discount at one of SSA’s many rich professional development opportunities annually.

Direct Support from SSA Field Consultant

The SSA Field Consultant monitors each student’s field experience and provides guidance and support to both the field instructor and student to advance social work practice competencies. Each student and organization is assigned a Field Consultant. SSA Field Consultants teach the field seminar, promoting the integration of coursework and field experiences. The Field Consultant facilitates effective communication between the field instructor, student, and SSA Office of Field Education. 

Opportunity to Share Responsibilities with a Task Supervisor

An agency Task Supervisor may be designated by the Field Instructor to assume specific responsibilities for a student’s learning on a particular assigned task, project, or experience. The Task Supervisor does not replace the Field Instructor, and collaborates with the Field Instructor to ensure that the student’s learning goals are being met and regular feedback is provided.

University of Chicago Library Privileges

Field Instructors are granted in-person access to University of Chicago libraries.