Social Work Practice Fellows

Begins Fall 2019 - See Dates Below

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).


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.

This program is part of a multi-site initiative being coordinated by Adelphi University faculty with support from the Florence V. Burden Foundation and the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.

Enrollment Limited to 25

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


September 20 Advancing Skills in Individual and Group Supervision Jo Nol, PhD, MS, LCSW
October 4 Teaching Social Work Assessment Skills William Gilbert, MSW, PhD
October 18 Advancing Knowledge of Health Challenges Across the Life Course Jeannette de Jesus, MSW, MPH
November 1 Advancing Knowledge of Mental Health and Substance Use Across the Life Course Patricia Wilcox, LCSW
November 15 Building Capacity Among Staff for Effective Practice with Families
December 6 Furthering Ability to Confront Performance and Organizational Challenges Jo Nol, PhD, MS, LCSW

Workshops meet 9:30 am - 4:30 pm at the Hartford Public Library, Downtown Branch, Room 026

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 fees: $630 Early Bird Rate if application received by 6/30/2019; $680 after 6/30/2019.

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