Third Annual Title IV-E Summer Field Institute to Be Held June 4–5 in Los Angeles

Anita P. Barbee, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Title IV-E Summer Field Institute, themed Creating Supportive Learning Environments in Child Welfare Social Work.

Among Dr. Barbee’s major research areas is child welfare system reform with an emphasis on the role that employee selection, training, and supervision, and organizational structure, policy, and dynamics have on practice and outcomes for families and children.

See the institute's program

The institute will be held June 4–5 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport. Its goals are:

  1. To promote sound internship practice through experiential learning opportunities
  2. To enhance supervisory strategies and models utilized by university/agency partnerships to support interns and staff
  3. To recognize and celebrate effective field instruction practices and models

Dedicated to exploring theory-based best practices in MSW field instruction in public child welfare settings, the Title IV-E Summer Field Institute convenes professionals from universities and county, Tribal, and community-based public child welfare agencies to find common purpose and of identifying and developing opportunities for partnering to support student learning in the field.

Who Should Attend

  • Title IV-E Project Coordinators
  • Deans/Directors
  • Field Directors
  • Field Faculty
  • Field Liaisons
  • Agency (CW/Tribal) Directors
  • Intern Coordinators
  • Field Instructors
  • Other Field Instruction Partners


CalSWEC developed the Field Instruction Initiative in 2010 to strengthen field instruction, a cornerstone of social work education for students in the Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program. The goal was to create structures that would support consistent, high-quality, sustainable field experiences for those social work students. The inaugural Summer Field Institute in 2013 focused on the then-new IV-E Field Model and included 13 participating schools.

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