Office of Field Instruction

School of Social Work (SSW) field instruction presents you with multiple opportunities to become a part of the professional social work community, where you will learn to integrate classroom knowledge with practice and develop your social work skills.

The SSW Office of Field Instruction (OFI) has over 550 fieldwork sites and 750 licensed professional social workers who will mentor and help prepare you for a career in the social work field.

Field placements provide opportunities to:

  • develop your professional social work identity
  • participate in “hands-on” meaningful service and gain invaluable professional experience
  • be placed primarily in Southeast Michigan but also in locations across the country and around the world
  • engage in supervision with a licensed professional who will monitor your work, provide feedback on a regular basis, and challenge you to think critically regarding social work values and ethics

Social work students work closely with OFI field faculty to identify placement sites appropriate to curriculum objectives, learning goals and individual interests.


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Field Instructors

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Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Instruction Program

Betsy H. Voshel

Research Interests/Focus:
Field instruction, field instructor training, social work ethics, safety preparation for social workers, interdisciplinary collaboration, case management

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Welcome Prospective LGBTQIA Students

Our faculty and staff extend a warm welcome to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, Intersex, Ally (LGBTQIA) students. We are committed to providing and maintaining a "Safe Zone" for LGBTQIA students where social work values are modeled. We believe in providing students an open space for dialogue, and support so you will be successful in your field placement. Refer to our "OUT in Field Instruction" brochure here.

Leigh A. Robertson, LMSW, is the OFI LGBTQIA Liaison. Contact her at for confidential support, guidance and resources.

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