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Section 4.04.01: Field Instructor Benefits

The Office of Field Education supports the efforts of field instructors in a variety of ways. A bi-annual workshop is held, whereby field instructors are invited to attend a new field instructor orientation (to policies, procedures, roles, responsibilities, expectations, etc.). There is no fee for the new field instructor orientation and continuing education hours are provided free of charge.

Continuing Education Programs
The School of Social Work (SSW) offers numerous continuing professional education opportunities for field instructors and the social work community at large. A fee waiver is available to any field instructor who currently has one of our students placed with them, and applies for up to one calendar year following their last active student placement. The Office of Continuing Education and the Office of Field Education reserve the right to deny the field
instructor fee waiver to field instructors who consistently no-show for courses without
cancelling their registration through the Office of Continuing Education. Due to the limited number of spaces available in courses, registration should be cancelled at least 5 business days before the program start date as a professional courtesy and so that there is time to contact people on the waitlist. Field instructors may be actively registered for up to two mini-courses at a time and may take up to three mini-courses in a calendar year.

Field instructors are eligible for various library resources on a limited basis as indicated below:

U-M Library
· On-site access to library resources
· Offers resources and tips for keeping current with social work research
· Includes links to many free databases, government information and other resources
· All on-site library resources are solely accessible from terminals in the library and require an MCard for usage

Open Educational Resources ( )
You can use the resources on the “Find” pages to locate media you can reuse in presentations, papers, course lectures, and more.

Additional Field Instructor Benefits
Materials: Field instructors are provided with web-based field education materials (such as the Field Education Manual) that include information, guidelines, and policies related to the field education program and curriculum.

Mcards: Field instructors are eligible for Mcards, which are a University sponsored benefit that entitles “active” (currently hosting a student) Field Instructors discounts on some university-sponsored events, various bookstore discounts, public transportation discounts, etc. Field instructors are also eligible for on-site privileges at the campus libraries using their Mcards. There is an application form that must be completed. Please contact the field office for assistance.

Reflections Journal: We are founding subscribers to a new, somewhat special-purpose social work journal called Reflections.  As a major promotion, we are being allowed to make this journal available electronically to our alums and our field instructors.  The journal is available to people at:
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Cultural Events: Field instructors may attend a variety of cultural and intellectual events on the campus and on an individually arranged basis, may attend specific sessions of courses offered by the School of Social Work.

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