Field Instruction Standards

 

  Year 1 Year 2/Advanced Standing
Qualifications Hold a BSW or an MSW degree from an accredited social work program, or be in a co-supervisory role with a colleague who holds a BSW or MSW degree. Hold an MSW degree from an accredited social work program, or be in a co-supervisory role with a colleague who holds an MSW degree.
Experience Have a minimum of 2 years social work practice experience, or be in a co-supervisory role with a colleague who has practiced in the field for at least 2 years. Have a minimum of 2 years social work practice experience, or be in a co-supervisory role with a colleague who has practiced in the field for at least 2 years.
Learning Opportunities Provide multiple opportunities for developing and refining a range of :

  • direct practice competencies, including assessment/ intervention with individuals and/or groups,

and

  • indirect practice skills (e.g. research, program evaluation, resource development, policy analysis).
Provide multiple opportunities for developing and refining a range of:

  • direct practice skills (e.g. assessment/intervention with individuals and/or groups),

and/or

  • indirect practice skills (e.g. research, program evaluation, resource development, policy analysis).

Indicate on the PAS which area of specialization most accurately reflects the practicum you are offering, and whether it is a direct, indirect, or mixed practice setting.

Supervision Provide a thorough orientation to the practicum setting, the student’s role, and safety policies/procedures.

Be responsible for the practicum student at all times, or assign a designate when unavailable.

Provide a minimum of 1 hour per week of protected time for student supervision (e.g. instructing, establishing learning objectives, integrating theory, debriefing, etc.).

Provide regular opportunities to be observed by student.

Regularly observe the student’s work and provide constructive feedback.

 

Administration Provide a description of the learning opportunity and any special requirements on Practicum Administration System (PAS) database.

E-mail a resume to the Practicum Office.

Notify relevant personnel within the practicum setting (educational coordinator/supervisor/manager) of their intent to assume the field instructor role.

Complete the online evaluation tool by the designated dates, with constructive comments for future development.