The School of Social Work's training luncheon for Master of Social Work field instructors is an annual tradition, but this year, SSW Field Education faculty at Temple's Harrisburg Campus decided to try something different.
Tammy Carson, Field Education Coordinator, and Virginia Teter, Field Education Specialist, turned the event into an opportunity to showcase student research and network with field professionals.
On Wednesday, April 18, 35 MSW students presented research posters highlighting their exceptional work from their field placements in 31 different agencies. Faculty and staff, including the Chair of the School of Social Work,Jeffrey Draine, PhD, field instructors, incoming students, and parents attended the event.
According to Chris Dubble, MSW, a faculty member at TUH and program manager at the Institute for Protective Services, “the halls (were) buzzing with activity. People had a great time and enjoyed themselves. The students were really engaged and seemed to be really appreciating the opportunity to show what they have done.”
This networking opportunity was an invaluable experience that was appreciated by students and field instructors. Tim Whelan, veteran field instructor and adjunct instructor at TUH, summed up the experience by saying, “I really enjoyed the field presentation event. I think it was a winning event well worth repeating. I learned a lot, and it was fun to be around the students and other field instructors. Thanks for good dinner and conversation.”
In addition to the event held at TUH, similar events were held at two of the TUH cohort sites. On Wednesday April 25, the event was repeated in Dallas, PA on the campus of Misericordia University, where 15 Temple MSW students and 12 field instructors attended. A similar event was held on Thursday, April 26 on the campus of Mansfield University.
The event was a huge success for all, and the students are already talking about how to make it bigger and better in 2013.