September 6, 2011
Social Work Clinical Professor Riva Zeff has been appointed to a 3-year term on the Council on Field Education of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). CSWE is a national association representing undergraduate and graduate programs of professional social work education as well as more than 3,000 individual members. CSWE is the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States. Zeff’s appointment was made by CSWE President Mildred Joyner.“The Field Education Council works directly with social work professionals to improve the quality of field programs for students,” said Professor Mary Kay Brennan, Social Work program director. “This appointment acknowledges Riva Zeff’s expertise, experience, and leadership in social work field education. Her participation on this national council will benefit students in more than 450 programs across the country.”Field practicum is an integral component in social work education. During their senior year, Social Work students learn in social service agency with real clients who present real needs. The placement runs through 3 consecutive quarters and includes a classroom seminar taught by Zeff. Students are supervised in their agency work by a practicum instructor. The Seattle University program, which is fully accredited by CSWE, partners with over 40 Seattle area social service agencies. Zeff joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2000 and became Social Work Field Director in 2006. In addition to directing the field component, she teaches courses in Human Development and Social Work, Introduction to Social Work and a co-listed course, Juvenile justice, within both Criminal Justice and Social Work departments.The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees.
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