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:
In the 2018 Times Higher Education (see 2018 THE ranking), the University of Toronto maintained its 22nd position, tied this time with the National University of Singapore. U of T also remained the top Canadian university for the eighth year in a row and in the top 10 of publicly funded universities worldwide.
The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work ranks first among schools of social work in Canada and fifth in North America, recognized for its research productivity.
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:
- 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
- Ongoing professional development sessions on field education topics such as:
- Preparing for a student’s arrival
- Strategies for Integrating Theory and Practice
- Power and Authority in the student /field instructor relationship
- Providing constructive feedback
- Conflict Management
- Clinical Supervision
- Discount of 10% on designated courses through the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
- Invitations to workshops and training offered at the university and in the community
- Attend seminars by guest speakers
- Participate in simulation research and activities, “Practice Fridays”
- 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.
- Eligible to apply for designation of Adjunct Lecturer with the FIFSW (three-year commitment required)
- Facilitate Interprofessional Education (IPE) activities with professionals from other disciplines https://ipecurriculum.utoronto.ca/Activity
- Possibility of OCSWSSW continuing competency hours.