Social Work Practice Fellows

A Professional Development Program for Social Work Supervisors of Direct Practice Across the Life Course

This program is limited to social workers employed in a wide range of agencies. You must be currently supervising social work staff (not only students).

Registration for 2019 is closed. Now accepting applications for 2020.

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There is a critical need for enhanced continuing education for social work supervisors. Social workers are often thrust into supervisory roles without the skills, knowledge, or support they need to succeed. This premier 36-hour certificate program features an advanced curriculum with a focus on some of the most complex issues that challenge MSW supervisors.

UConn School of Social Work is one of several sites of a multi-university initiative in coordination with Adelphi University and support from the Florence V. Burden Foundation and the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. Enrollment limited to 25.

Workshops meet 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at the UConn Hartford Campus

36 CECs - Satisfies the cultural competency requirement for Connecticut social work licensing.


Advancing Skills in Individual and Group Supervision
Teaching Social Work Assessment Skills
Advancing Knowledge of Health Challenges Across the Life Course
Advancing Knowledge of Mental Health and Substance Use Across the Life Course
Building Capacity Among Staff for Effective Practice with Families
Furthering Ability to Confront Performance and Organizational Challenges

2020 Dates will be announced soon!

Eligibility and Requirements

The participants selected for the program must be MSW-level social workers who are currently supervising social service workers from diverse settings. Supervisees can include any number of MSWs, BSWs, or other social service staff, in any combination. Attendees are expected to attend all six program days as well as complete anonymous pre-and post-program surveys. (All survey data will be de-identified and reported only in aggregate. Your name will not be linked in any way with your responses to surveys.)


Social work supervisors must apply for acceptance into the program. We will strive to bring together a diverse group of participants. Apply early. Based on the volume of applications, acceptance decisions will be made every 2-3 weeks until the program is full. You can register and pay after acceptance into the program. Click on the Apply Now button to begin your application. 


Registration fee: $680

Payment Information: Payment is due upon acceptance and may be made by check or credit card - VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Purchase orders will also be accepted.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing at Refund of the registration fee will be processed if written notice of cancellation is received by September 6. No refunds will be issued after this date and there are no partial refunds.

Expectations for Successful Completion

To successfully complete the SWPF certificate program, participants are expected to:

  • Attend all 6 training days
  • Complete pre- and post-program self-assessments of supervisory practices
  • Participate in activities and discussions
  • For CECs, full attendance is required; CECs are not prorated
  • Certificates of completion will be issued at the end of the program to those who attended all 6 days