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.
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.