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.

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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.

Why are you a Field Instructor?
Tammy Muskat (0:24) Melissa Popiel (2:16) Bill Sinclair (0:40)
Why does your organization take students?
Tammy Muskat (1:38)  Melissa Popiel (1:01) Bill Sinclair (0:41)
Benefits of a partnership with FIFSW
Tammy Muskat (1:24)  Melissa Popiel (1:33) Bill Sinclair (0:24)
Addressing challenges
Tammy Muskat (1:18)  Melissa Popiel (2:08) Bill Sinclair (0:56)
Why consider FIFSW students?
Tammy Muskat (0:43) Melissa Popiel (1:30) Bill Sinclair (1:42)
A perfect partnership…
(Bill and Maja’s story) (5:05) 

Our reputation 

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. 

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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:
    • Competencies
    • 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
  • Discount of 10% on designated courses through the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
  • Ongoing professional development sessions on topics such as:  
    • Strategies for Integrating Theory and Practice 
    • Power and Authority in the student /field instructor relationship 
    • Providing constructive feedback 
    • 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.
  • Invitation to participate in Interprofessional Education (IPE) activities with professionals from other disciplines  
  • Possibility of OCSWSSW continuing competency hours. 

Excellence in Field Education Awards – 100th Anniversary Celebration

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