Promoting Self-Directed Learning With Your Intern

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Promoting Self-Directed Learning With Your Intern

Monday, October 31, 2022

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST


Presenter: Dr. Katharine Dill

NASW-NYS Members: $10

NASW Other Chapter Member: $20

Non-Members: $25

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 1.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description

Field supervisors require support, education, and training but need access to such materials in ‘bite size’ segments. Marist College Social Work Field Education Program has developed a ‘Virtual Lunch and Learn’ Series where you can join in and learn about the various fundamental aspects of field education and supervision. These 50-minute sessions are engaging, and informative, and seek to transform your thinking about the various aspects of field supervision. This is the second session in a six-part series. The title of this session is: Promoting self-directed learning with your intern.

Adult learners become more self-directed based on their emerging repertoire of practice experience, and leverage greater learning as they increase their ability to apply knowledge in the here and now. The field placement provides an opportunity to make sense of learning at the moment. Merriam and Bierema (2013) proposed that adult learners do best with problem-based learning, such as examining complex cases in class, discussing challenging practical or ethical challenges, and reviewing clients' best practices. Building on this literature, this presentation explores the ways those field supervisors, and with support from their field faculty liaison, can create an environment where student interns can take charge of their learning daily. From the creation of a learning contract to case discussions and presentations to initiating research projects, empowering student interns to take charge of their learning can have powerful implications for their growth and development throughout their social work career. The presenters highlight the ways that we support field supervisors to enhance self-directed learning through assignments, presentations, and the effective use of supervision. We hope you will come and share your own experiences of supporting students to become self-directed learners!  


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize the existing literature on self-directed learning to create empowering tasks and assignments for interns.
  • Leverage the support of the field faculty liaison to empower students to take initiative and ownership of their learning and development.
  • Create strategies that will empower students to become more effective adult learners

This workshop is approved for 1.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Dr. Katharine Dill, enthusiastically joined the Marist Social Work Program in August 2016. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work Degree at King’s College, University of Western Ontario in 1988, Master of Social Work Degree from University of Toronto in 1993 and Diploma in Social Work Research, also from University of Toronto in 2002. She spent 16 years working in the child welfare field as a front-line staff practitioner, supervisor, agency trainer, and project manager. She returned to school to complete her doctoral education at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto in 2004. As an adjunct lecturer, Katharine taught clinical, organizational and research courses in the Master of Social Work program during and after the completion of her Ph.D.

From 2007-2013, Katharine was the founding Executive Director of Practice and Research Together (PART). Katharine then undertook a big life adventure in 2013, when she accepted the position of assistant professor (lecturer) at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, U.K.

Her current program of research focuses on the elements of teaching and learning that promote quality field education practice in social work education. She embraces learning from her role as the field education coordinator and seeks to channel this knowledge into practice-based research.  



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October 31st, 2022 12:00 PM through  1:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $10.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $20.00
Non-Member $25.00
NASW-NYS Student Member $0.00