Patricia Fletcher, MSW
Director of Field Education
MSW Program Field Director
Research Interests: Field Education, Clinical Supervision, Older Adults
Courses taught: Graduate Level: First Year Practice, Social Work Practice with Groups, Supervision Undergraduate Level: Junior Practice Sequence
I have enjoyed a long affiliation with Widener University and the Center for Social Work Education. I completed undergraduate degrees at Widener in both psychology and social work and went on to earn my Master of Social Work degree in 1994. Since that time I have worked in many capacities in the field, most extensively in hospice work and in child and adolescent mental health.
As director of Field Education I have the privilege of working with all of our graduate students, some of whom come to the program with years of experience and many who are new to social work. I enjoy maintaining relationships with the rich network of agencies in which our students are placed and keeping up with the many changes in the field. I am also committed to supporting part-time students, many of whom are already working in the field, as they negotiate entering a new field experience and the many challenges of balancing school, work, field, and personal life.
In addition to my position as Director of Field Education, I currently maintain a private clinical practice in Media, PA. My areas of specialty include working with adolescents and young adults, families, women in transition, and older adults. My teaching responsibilities at the graduate level include Foundation Practice and Field Liaison, Social Work Practice with Groups, and Supervision. At the undergraduate level, I teach the Junior Level practice sequence and Introduction to Social Work.
- 1994 Widener University Master of Social Work
- 1991 Widener University Bachelor of Social Work, Summa Cum Laude
- 1991 Widener Univeristy Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude
Fletcher, P., Sadtler, L., Spinks, K. (November, 2012). Connecting with field education: Sharing best practices. 2012 CSWE Field Council Connect Session, Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Washington, DC.
Sadtler, L. and Fletcher, P. (November, 2012) Integrated extended field model. Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Washington, DC. (Peer reviewed).
Fletcher, P., (April, 2008). Putting it all together: Adolescent development and group treatment. Northwestern Human Services, Broomall, Pennsylvania.
Goldberg-Glen, R., Sadtler, L., and Fletcher, P. (March, 2008). Challenges and rewards of working with marginalized older adults, Annual Conference of the National
Council on Aging and the American Society on Aging, Washington, D.C. (Peer reviewed).
Goldberg-Glen, R., Sadtler, L. and Fletcher, P. (October, 2007). What is clinical? Dilemmas creating and implementing advanced gerontological social work internships. Council on Social Work Education, San Francisco, California.
Academic Honors and Affiliations
- Phi Alpha Inductee 2008
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Commonwealth of PA
- National Association of Social Workers
- Council for Social Work Education
- Hartford Grant: Practicum Partnership Advisory Board Member
- Tri-State Field Directors Consortium Co-Chair 2009-2011