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
  • 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
  • Invitations to workshops and training offered at the university and in the community
  • Certificate for Field Instructor Professional Development hours completed
  • Attend seminars by guest speakers
  • Participate in simulation research and activities, “Practice Fridays”
  • Facilitate Interprofessional Education (IPE) activities with professionals from other disciplines https://ipecurriculum.utoronto.ca/Activity
  • Possibility of OCSWSSW continuing competency hours.

Other Benefits

  • Opportunity to receive research funding for your agency through the Bertha Rosenstadt Trust Fund
  • Discount of 10% on designated courses through the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
  • 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.
  • Eligiblity for designation of Adjunct Lecturer with the FIFSW (three-year commitment required)
  • Discount on Sports and Recreation membership (Staff and Faculty membership) at St. George Campus (Athletic Centre, Goldring and Varsity Centre) and Scarborough Campus (Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre). Payment in person is required. Contact the Practicum Office for a Confirmation Letter.
  • Recognition and Appreciation of Field Instructors and Partner Agencies on the FIFSW website