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Practicum I course update | March 19, 2020

To all Year 1 Students, Field Instructors (except ITR Field Instructors) and Faculty-Field Liaisons,

Thank you for your patience as we navigate this challenging time.  As you are aware, the situation is evolving daily and we want to ensure that you have all of the information that you need as it becomes available.

Based on a recent communication from the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, the Faculty has approved reducing the required number of practicum hours for current Year 1 students from 469 to 337.5 hours. This would apply to students on a regular schedule of January 8 – May 31, 2020.

  • Midterm evaluations opened on March 13, 2020.  Field instructors and students submit by March 27, 2020, copied to FFL (and EC if appropriate).
  • Remote Learning Plan must be approved and supervised by the Field Instructor.  As always, it is important for students to document their activities and the time assigned to each, and share with your field instructor.

The Faculty has suggested a number of remote indirect social work activities that are appropriate for your Year 1 practicum. Students and field instructors have demonstrated great creativity and flexibility in these Remote Learning Plans as we move to online modalities.  Your FFLs continue to make themselves available to support with these Remote Learning Plans. Developing these indirect competencies is essential to the profession of social work.

The following documents include steps for students and practicum partners to adjust learning contracts to facilitate the completion of practicum hours remotely:

  1. FIFSW Field Education Plan for Interruption of Practicum due to Local and Community-Wide Disruption
  2. Online Training Guide for FIFSW Practicum Students

We refer you to our COVID-19 updates page (

For students and field instructors on a modified OR summer schedule AND ITR students and field instructors, we will be sending a separate communication to you shortly.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed via email.

Please take good care and stay safe during these unprecedented times.  We will continue to communicate with you by email.

The FIFSW Practicum Team

Eileen McKee, Assistant Dean Field Education (416) 978-4338
Mindy Coplevitch, Practicum Coordinator (416) 978-5664
Sun Ooi, Practicum Coordinator (416) 978-3267 (Mon.-Thurs.)
Denise Russell, Practicum Assistant (416) 978-3262
Catherine Connochie, Practicum Assistant (416) 946-5079 (Mon.-Wed.)