For Prospective Field Instructors
Why be a Field Instructor?
The Practicum is one of the most important elements in the education of future social workers. It’s where Master of Social Work students apply their in-class knowledge to practice and develop important skills, in real-world settings.
Field Instructors play a vital role in our students’ education and training. As experienced social workers who adhere to Field Instruction Standards, they oversee and guide our students in the provision of services to a variety of clients, organizations and communities.
Watch Professor Rob MacFadden speak about the impact of field education on social work practice:
Get to know some of our Field Instructors, the important work they do and the benefits of Field Education in our web interview series.
Our featured Field Instructors:
TAMMY MUSKAT is a professional practice leader in social work, research and education at North York General Hospital. She is also an education coordinator and adjunct lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.
MELISSA POPIEL ( MSW ’06) is a project coordinator at the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation and a FIFSW alumna.
BILL SINCLAIR (MSW ’88) is the associate executive director of St. Stephen’s Community House and a FIFSW alumus.
MAJA REPECKI (MSW ’05) is a program supervisor with the Violence Against Women Prevention Team at the Ministry of Community and Social Services and a FIFSW alumna.
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Why does your organization take students?
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Benefits of a partnership with FIFSW
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Why consider FIFSW students?
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A perfect partnership…
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Benefits of Being a Field Instructor at FIFSW
Influence the Development of Future Practitioners
- Offer real experience in the real world
- Link theory to practice
- Mentor and give back to the field
- Role model:
- Skills of Practice
- Working within systems on behalf of clients
- Ethical Behavior
- The use and importance of relationships
- The importance of encouraging and receiving feedback on your own work
- Self-assessment and self-critique as a means of professional self-development
Take Advantage of Professional Development Opportunities
- Develop and maintain linkage with Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
- Consult with your Education Coordinator and with your Faculty-Field Liaison
- Training (four workshops) and support
- Ongoing educational sessions/workshops for all Field Instructors/Students in areas such as:
- Power and Authority
- Conflict Management
- Clinical Supervision
- Invitations to workshops and training offered at the university and in the community
- University of Toronto library card and services, which allows you to access from your computer online journals and other online resources. In addition, you will have access to audio-visual resources, such as training videos in counseling skills – Robarts Library, 3rd Floor.
- Develop communication, supervision and teaching skills
- Periodically, course instructors ask for expertise of field instructors to enhance the learning experience of their students
- Possibility of OCSWSSW continuing competency hours.