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Becoming a Practicum Supervisor
Thank you for your interest in becoming a practicum supervisor for our social work practicum students. There are two types of Practicum Supervisors: Educational and Task Supervisors. Educational Supervisors who provide supervision for BSSW students must hold a MSW degree from an accredited program and have 2 years of post-degree social work experience. Educational Supervisors who provide supervision for MSW practicum students must have their LCSW credentials (e.g., CMSW + LMHP). Task Supervisors may be from any discipline but are experienced in the day-to-day tasks of the position.
Individuals who wish to provide supervision to a GASSW practicum student should complete these steps:
Step 2: Watch the training modules in the order they are listed. Total training time is approximately 80 minutes.
Module 1 Introduction
Module 2 Roles and Responsibilities
Module 3 Preparing for Practicum
Module 4 Learning Contract and Hours
Module 5 Evaluating Practicum
Module 6 Practicum Supervision
Module 7 Ethics in Practicum
Practicum Supervisor Forms
The practicum office has forms to assist you with evaluation and supervision of your student. Click here for grading and supervisory forms (must right-click on document and download before using).
Improving your Supervisory Skills
Practicum is an important journey in a student’s educational experience and supervision is a key component! These asynchronous trainings provide experienced and novice supervisors valuable insight and tips for skill-building and successful student supervision. Contact Katie Robbins Case (email@example.com) if you have questions or suggestions about current or upcoming trainings for practicum supervisors.
Student Supervision: The Basics - Part 1
Learning Objectives: Building rapport with students, varying supervision styles and setting up successful agendas.
Student Supervision: The Basics - Part 2
Learning Objectives: Topics for discussion in supervision, using the learning contract, and supervising vs educating.
Supervision: Managing Various Skill Levels and Giving Appropriate Feedback
Learning Objectives: Common student learning stages, growing and nurturing confidence, giving constructive feedback.
Learning Objectives: Managing multiple-skill, experience, and comfort levels; structuring your supervision sessions; example questions to enhance learning and application.
• Gain valuable skills to get the most out of your team and encourage growth
• Explore how to address conflict, problem solving behaviors, and leading difficult conversations (with case examples)
• Learn about effective leadership styles and how to implement them
• Learn how to challenge, correct, and support employees and students
• Explore reasonable expectations for practicum students and what they need from you
CEU certificate: contact your practicum specialist, Alisha Olson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Summer Speaker Series
The Summer Speaker Series is offered in even-numbered years and includes free CEUs for practicum supervisors. Watch for additional information on topics, dates, and how to register.