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Social Work Field Education staff

The CSU Employee Appreciation Board recently recognized the Social Work Department’s Field Education Team, which includes Susan Tungate (Field Director) Liz Davis, Amy Riep, Joyce Takacs, Keli Murray and Mary Carrher.

The Field Education Team was recognized at their council meeting on Thursday, February 12 with specialty chocolates and a variety of CSU items they could choose from. Congratulations, Field Education Team. Job well done!

Offering social work practice-experience

The Field Education Team offers students a quality and challenging social work practice-experience in an agency setting under the guidance of a field instructor. This team places high value on providing excellent customer service to students and the organizations that benefit from student placements.

The team takes a strength-based approach to supervision and intervention, working with 200 to 300 students each year to build competence and self-esteem. Strength-based supervision involves genuinely knowing and engaging the strengths of your mentee or team.

The team also serves as gatekeepers for the social work profession. This sometimes means not placing a student with an organization if it is deemed in the best interest of the community, the school, and the profession to proceed in that manner.

Complex issues handled effectively

The team works with a high level of complexity and does this very efficiently and effectively. They manage field placements for both bachelor’s level and master’s level students, part-time and full-time, and distance learning students from around the states of Colorado and Wyoming.

Offering expertise to the community

In addition, they go above and beyond their regular duties by taking on special projects and offering their expertise to the community. Examples include:

• creating a web link for university staffers to help others over the holidays;
• serving on boards and committees outside the university;
• assisting students in accessing scholarships and employment opportunities; and
• providing emotional support and encouragement to students experiencing hardship.

Feedback from local communities around the State indicates the students are held in high regard for their strong performance.

Recognizing CSU employees

The CSU Employee Appreciation Board, originally formed in 1968, recognizes employees for their hard work and promotes community spirit among CSU faculty and staff through events such as breakfasts or luncheons. Each month, the Board hosts a prize drawing for all faculty and staff who submit an entry form, including a coveted reserved parking space for a full month.

The board meets monthly during the academic year to discuss and plan employee recognition events, as well as to help promote university events. One of the main objectives of the board is the monthly recognition of a group, entity or college.

Please send in your nomination

Have a department or office you want to nominate? Use this form to nominate a department or office for recognition.