Congratulations are in order for the three field instructors who were recognized by the School of Social Work during its 2016 Field Instructors Appreciation Breakfast that took place on May 13…
The M.S.W. Advanced Clinical Field Instructor of the Year Award went to Sompa Adhya-Taylor, L.C.S.W. She is the director of counseling services at Johnson & Wales University. According to her nomination, “She’s not only an outstanding social worker, but she’s also a remarkable genuine person, who has made me feel empowered and at home in my placement setting.”
The B.S.S.W. Field Instructor of the Year Award was presented to Debra Albo-Steiger, L.C.S.W. She is the program manager for Miami-Dade Public Schools Project UP-START. Her student intern explained, “Debra is a true inspiration. She is among the brightest stars in a constellation of her peers… Her dedication–all sought without any praise or reward in return–is precisely what deserves to be recognized. She truly sets the standard for our profession.”
The M.S.W. Foundation Field Instructor of the Year Award was given to Lilliam Alamo, youth development specialist for the Greater Miami Service Corps. The student nominator stated, “She has empowered me to continue to succeed and grow in my social work career and future endeavors.”
A field instructor is integral to social work student’s education. The field instructor is the on-site social worker who has the responsibility for development, implementation and evaluation of a social work student’s educational experience during a practicum placement. Field instructors are supervisors but equally important is their role as teachers, which involves helping students connect classroom knowledge with real-world experience.
The Field Instructors Appreciation Breakfast is an annual event that serves to acknowledge the important service provided by these professionals.