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Field Supervisors & Agencies

Department of Social Work


If you are interested in having your agency approved as a field placement site for UMD Social Work students, contact the Field Director, Sara Lien.


Field Supervisors may be eligible to receive a non-paid faculty appointment in the Department of Social Work during the period of time they are supervising an MSW student in a field placement. If you are interested in this, contact Sara Lien.

Field Supervisors Training Courses

Effective Fall Semester, 2006 all field supervisors are required to have completed training provided by the Department of Social Work prior to accepting an MSW field student for placement.  Check here to see an updated sample of field activities that we will expect our students to participate in at their field placements.

We have developed two on-line courses to help fulfill this requirement. Potential MSW field supervisors need to complete the courses using the University of Minnesota's course management system, CANVAS.  This allows for documentation of course completion, including on-line quizzes. Contact the Field Director for instructions regarding enrollment.

We have 2 in-person training sessions each year.  In the Fall Semester we have an Annual Fall Field Supervisor Training Luncheon in Duluth.

Annual Fall Field Supervisor Training Luncheon

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Topic: Substance Abuse and the Opioid Epidemic in the Twin Ports:

Strategies for Social Work Field Supervisors


Marcia Gurno, BA, M.Ed.  Marcia has over 40 years of experience in human services including work in domestic violence, sexual assault, juvenile justice, adult mental health, long term care and 24+ years working in child protection.  She has been in the substance use disorder services unit with St. Louis County PHHS since 2010 as a Rule 25 assessor and serve as part of the St. Louis County Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention team with a focus on professional development and trainingincluding developing a parental substance use and child welfare training curriculum.  She is a certified SBIRT trainer and practitioner.

Matt Johnson, MSW, LADC. Matt has been in the field of addiction and treatment for over 10 years, with experience in a variety of settings including outpatient, residential, detox, corrections and adolescent treatment. In his current role as a social worker with the St. Louis County-Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Initiative, Matt regularly trains on topics of Substance Use Disorders, Motivational Interviewing and Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Treatment.

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

  • 9:00 – 10:00: New Field Supervisors Training provided by UMD Field Faculty
  • 10:00 – 1:00: All Field Supervisors - Substance Abuse and the Opioid Epidemic in the Twin  Ports:    Strategies for Social Work Field Supervisors

Location: The Hills Youth and Family Services - 4321 Allendale Ave. Duluth, MN

 Register online at:

We also partner with the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Wisconsin Superior Social Work Programs to offer an annual Twin Ports Social Work Field Consortium Training for all supervisors. 

Other Resources

Conferences and Workshops