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MSW Field Instructor Resources


2016 MSW Outstanding Practicum Student Award
During the Brown School Commencement Ceremony, the Clara Louise Meyer Outstanding Practicum Student Award is given to recognize one outstanding student in the MSW program from each of the six concentration areas.  Click here to nominate.

Below are a variety of resources available to our current field instructors, including:


Electronic Evidence-Based Practice Resource Area


The Electronic Evidence-Based Practice Resource Area is resource for affiliated Brown School field instructors only (in an effort to comply with copyright laws, the resource area is password protected). The electronic resource area provides Brown School field instructor’s with access to area of practice research articles and journals. 

Field Instructors: To obtain the current password, please contact the Office of Field Education via email at or (314) 935-6602. Click here to access the database.

You will need to have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer to view these documents. If you do not already have Acrobat installed, go to the Adobe website at: You can download the software and install it on your computer.


Collaborative Field Instructor Web Site


The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis University, and University of Missouri-St. Louis lead a collaborative field education initiative designed to provide a common base of support for field instructors and MSW students. 

Click here to learn more.

Brown School Field Instructor Manual






        Affiliation Applications

        • Contact Leslie Duling for affiliation applications - 314-935-4185 or
        • Affiliation Agreement


          Important Dates for Field Instructors


          NEXUS: The Practicum Newsletter


          NEXUS provides news, supervisory topics and resources to our valued instructors in the field.

          Summer '16
          SPOTLIGHT SERIES: In-Person Contact and Why It Matters for Social Work Students    
          A key component of acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to become a professional social worker is learning to engage with individuals, families, groups and communities in order to foster positive change.
          Read Article

          Alumni Stories: Career Paths Influenced by Urban Education Initiative Practicum Experience
          The Brown School’s Urban Education Initiative offers an appealing range of career development opportunities, including field placements at education-focused organizations and institutions.  
          Read Article

          SPRING '16
          Spotlight Series: Successful Supervision   
          What can ensure a mutually productive and successful practicum for the student, field instructor and the agency?
          Read Article

          How do Supervisors Incorporate "Policy" in a Non-Policy Practicum?
          The more supervisors are able and willing to understand how policy affects their practice, the more students are able to do the same.  
          Read Article

          Spring '15
          Diversity and Social Justice in social work: empowering students to develop cultural competency
          Fair Labor Standards Act and Practica | Appreciation Day Workshops | Buder Center Celebrates 24 Years
          Read Issue


          Spring '14
          Mandated Reporting: Is Everyone Clear?

          Skills-Based Learning | Appreciation Day Workshops | Social Media Ethics | Public Health Specializations 
          Read Issue


          Spring '13

          Development Stages of Practicum | Appreciation Day Workshops | New Site Visit Model | School Social Work Verification
          Read issue


          Spring '12
          Ensuring student success: Tips for preventing failure in the field

          New Associate Dean for Social Work | Appreciation Day Workshops | CEPH Accreditation Update | Outstanding Practicum Student Awards
          Read issue


          Spring '11
          Field Education called "Signature Pedagogy" by CSWE
          New ELA Highlights | Supervising Millennials | Appreciation Day Workshops
          Read issue 


          Fall '09/Spring '10
          What's Going On with the Brown School and EBP? (Part 2 of 2)
          Field Education in the Global Arena | Licensure Updates for State of Missouri| Introducing the Competency-based ELA
          Read issue


          Fall '08/Spring '09 
          What's Going On with the Brown School and EBP? (part 1 of 2)
          Public Health Focus Expands Brown School | Mentoring: Task Supervision | New Field Site Coordinator joins the Office of Field Education
          Read issue


          If you are interested in becoming a field instructor or have questions about these resources please contact:

          Jennifer Lynn Harpring
          Director of Field Education
          (314) 935-2785

          Leslie Duling, MSW, MPH
          MSW Field Site Coordinator
          Brown Hall, Room 308
          (314) 935-4185

          Suzanne Maxey 
          Database & Administrative Coordinator
          (314) 935-6602


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