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2nd Annual Case Method Training Institute:
Thinking like a Social Worker

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Would you like to develop expertise in fostering critical thinking and
problem solving skills of students and colleagues?
Are you interested in teaching approaches that include actual practice dilemmas
in the classroom?
Then this Training Institute will be of  great interest to you
(Qualifies for 15 CEUs)


Dates and Location

July 20-23, 2016
Hyatt Place
Downtown Columbia SC

Register here!


The Trainers

TWTerry A. Wolfer, MSW (1984, Ohio State), PhD (1995, Chicago), is Professor and PhD Program Coordinator at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work (CoSW). Dr. Wolfer developed the casebased MSW capstone course, which has been taught at the CoSW since 2000. For more than 15 years, Dr. Wolfer has been writing decision cases and teaching other educators how to use the case method of teaching. To date, Dr. Wolfer has co-edited or coauthored six collections of decision cases, including most recently Decision Cases for Advanced Social Work Practice: Confronting Complexity (Columbia University Press, 2013). Currently, he is co-authoring decision cases for a textbook on human trafficking. For his work on case method teaching and case writing, he was awarded the “C. R. Christensen Award for the Outstanding Teaching Case” by the North American Case Research Association and the “Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award 2009” by the Council on Social Work Education.

MRMelissa C. Reitmeier, MSW (2000, South Carolina), PhD (2010, South Carolina), is Director of Field Education at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. Dr. Reitmeier has taught the case-based MSW capstone course at the CoSW for 12 years, authored several decision cases, and conducted research on learning outcomes of case method teaching.


Wolfer and Reitmeier have collaborated on several case method projects. Currently, they are authoring a collection of decision cases for Directors of Field Education to use with field instructors. In 2015, they conducted a Faculty Field Director Institute at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Dr. Wolfer serves as the Director and Dr. Reitmeier as Co-Director of the Case Method Training Institute.


This highly interactive institute introduces case method of teaching, an approach based on open-ended accounts of actual dilemmas from professional practice. In-depth discussion of these ambiguous and complex dilemmas fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Participants will learn:

  1. Definitions of a “case” and the case method of teaching

  2. Pedagogical rationale for the case method of teaching

  3. Empirical research on the case method of teaching

  4. What the method requires of students (e.g., advance preparation, active participation) and the nature of student participation in case discussions (e.g., analyzing situations, applying relevant theory and values, generating and evaluating solutions)

  5. Role of the instructor in the case method of teaching, including ways to initiate, guide, and deepen discussions


Over 2.5 days, workshop participants will learn techniques for facilitating effective discussions, including how to start, provoke, redirect, and deepen discussions.

8:30AM - 12:30PM   Intro to
Case Method

Case Discussion
Group Case Discussion Case Discussion

Lunch   Provided by Conference Provided by Conference Provided by Conference
1:30PM - 5:30PM   Case Discussion

Discussion Planning Session
Group Case Discussion  
Dinner Welcome Reception On Your Own On Your Own  


Registration Fee for Conference

The registration fee includes welcome reception, breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks, and all training materials.
Early Bird Rate until May 15, 2016 …………………………………. $390
Regular Rate until June 30, 2016 ……………………………………. $450

Click here to register ASAP and reserve your space.

Refund Policy

Conference registrants canceling their registration on or before July 8th, 2016 will receive a refund of the conference registration fee, less a $85 administrative fee.

Hotel Details

This training will be held at the Hyatt Place in downtown Columbia, SC, in the heart of the Vista. Special room rates are $132 per night, and include free wi-fi and parking.

Guests have 2 ways of booking their reservations:

  • Click on this link to access the group discount page, enter arrival and departure date, and book reservation OR
  • Call reservations at (888) 492-8847; give the group code which is G-COSO to the reservations agent when booking.

Reservations have to be made by July 8th 2016.

Located along the banks of the Congaree River, the Vista’s energetic and eclectic vibe flows freely. Once a warehouse district, the Vista today is one of Columbia’s most vibrant arts, dining, and entertainment districts. Find more information online at: http://www.vistacolumbia.com/visitorsguide.aspx


Please contact Sharde Davis for questions about the  Case Method Training Institute and registration at 803-777-9820 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to download the Case method Training Institute flyer.

Role of the instructor in the case method of teaching, including ways to initiate, guide, and deepen discussions

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