Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency Practicum
Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency (ITR) Practicum
Trauma-informed services recognize that the core of any service is genuine, authentic and compassionate relationships. Trauma-informed systems and organizations provide for everyone within that system or organization by having a basic understanding of the psychological, neurological, biological, social and spiritual impact that trauma and violence can have on individuals seeking support.
At its core, the trauma-informed model replaces the labelling of clients or patients as being ‘sick,’ ‘resistant’ or ‘uncooperative’ with that of being affected by an ‘injury’. Viewing trauma as an injury shifts the conversation from asking “What is wrong with you?” to “What has happened to you?” (Trauma-informed: The Trauma Toolkit, Klinic Community Health Centre, Second Edition, 2013).
Purpose of the Practicum
The development of social work competence is primary objective of the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), University of Toronto. Graduates, employers and educators credit field education as one of the most important elements of social work education programs. An experiential form of teaching and learning, it is achieved through the provision and / or development of services to clients, communities, organizations or the larger society. Social service, education and health organizations voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to social work education by offering practicums where knowledge is integrated with practice, and social work competence can be developed.
The Practicum Office coordinates and supports the activities of the various stakeholders in order to ensure that FIFSW students have the opportunity to develop competence in social work. For detailed information on the Practicum at FIFSW, please refer to the Practicum Manual. Please make yourself familiar with it. Summary links are below in this document.
Field Instructors play a vital role in our students’ education. As experienced social workers who adhere to ITR Field Instruction Standards, field instructors oversee and guide students in the provision of services to clients, organizations and communities.
ITR practicums share similarities with the other practicums, and have unique aspects:
- Students who enter the 2-year program with a BSW do not complete a Year 1 ITR Practicum
- ITR practicums are 450 hours
- Year 2 ITR practicums include a 40 hour community intervention
- Practicums can be with Elders, respected cultural mentors and skilled professionals
- Practicums focus on and emphasize the strong connection between personal, cultural, professional, and academic development
- Students discern individual resiliency through the values, ceremonies and teachings of their cultural heritage
- Students experience hands-on learning in one or more specific areas of trauma intervention and treatment.
The Matching Process
All FIFSW students signed the Code of Conduct at admission. Please find more information at:
Students are advised, if accommodations are required, to register as soon as possible with Accessibility Services and obtain a letter outlining the accommodations required for their practicum.
The FIFSW Practicum Office will work with students to locate a practicum supervisor who meets the ITR Field Instruction Standards. Field instructors are also encouraged to e-mail email@example.com with their practicum offer at any time. Practicums are posted on our Practicum Administration System (PAS). Field instructors are provided a password to access their profile with their practicum offer, and describe the requirements such as driver’s license, a car, evening and/or weekend hours.
Students and potential field instructors must submit an Employment-Based Practicum Application to be considered for a practicum in a place of employment.
Once approved and matched, a customized ITR practicum schedule indicating major milestones for student, field instructor and Faculty-Field Liaison, and a Learning and Safety Checklist will be e-mailed.
Learning / Safety Checklist, Learning Contract, Mid-term and Final Evaluation
The Learning Contract, due on Day 12 of the practicum, is completed by the student and field instructor, and e-mailed to the Faculty-Field Liaison. Students and field instructors are encouraged to review the evaluation tool when developing their learning contract.
The online evaluation tool is completed on the PAS at mid-term and on the final day of practicum.
Our valued field instructors are informed of professional development opportunities. The scheduled sessions are listed on the FIFSW events calendar where field instructors can access other FIFSW events which may be considered as OCSWSSW Continuing Competency hours.
Recognizing that ITR practicum schedules are customized, a customized ITR professional development session is offered online here.
Field instructors can take advantage of the following:
- a U of T library card while they are a field instructor. Please request this via firstname.lastname@example.org
- 10% discount on social work courses offered through the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto https://learn.utoronto.ca/fifswfieldinstructors
- Adjunct Lecturer Appointment with a commitment of three consecutive years
- recognition of the agency as a partner organization on our website
40-hour Community Intervention
More information about the 40-Hour Community Intervention is available here.
Updated May 2018