Field Supervisors & Agencies


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  or Associate 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. 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. 

Fall 2021 Field Supervisor Training and Luncheon

UMD Department of Social Work Fall Field Supervisors 

Training and Luncheon

“Fielding” Across Difference in our Signature Pedagogy

Presented by Shari L Johnson

Monday, September 20, 2021

8:30 - 1:00

Northwood Children’s Services

Merritt Creek Academy Multi-Purpose Room

4000 W. 9th St

Duluth, MN 55807


8:30: Registration 

8:45: Welcome and introductions

9:00 - 12:00: “Fielding” Across Difference in our Signature Pedagogy

Free Lunch Provided!

There will be 3 CEUs provided for this free event!


Shari L. Johnson is both a social worker & an anthropologist by educational training. Before embarking on her current teaching career, Shari had a 15-year career as a professional social worker working with older adults, along with a private practice, also working solely with older adults, specifically those in BIPOC communities & those 'coming out' later in life. For several decades, Shari has created & taught a wide variety of social work courses & professional development workshops primarily in aging, DE&I, Queer studies, race & social justice, as well as cultural & linguistic anthropology courses. Shari has had the fortune of doing this work she enjoys at several institutions across Michigan & Massachusetts. As the sole proprietor for The Traveling Diversity Professor consultation & training services, Shari currently resides in St. Paul, MN with her African dwarf frog named Smokey & way too many house plants!  


Please note, this training will not be recorded for future access.

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