The development of competence in the professional practice of social work is a primary objective of the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), University of Toronto. Field education is credited by graduates, employers and educators as one of the most important elements of social work education programs, and is critical to the learning experience of students in the MSW Program at FIFSW. An experiential form of teaching and learning, it is achieved through the provision and/or development of services to clients, communities, organizations, or the society. Social service, education and health organizations voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to social work education by offering field practicum opportunities.
The Practicum courses offer students educational opportunities through which knowledge may be integrated and applied to practice, and competence in performing social work practice skills can be developed. The competency model is the framework for the practicum and the student is evaluated according to their ability to develop and demonstrate:
- his/her professional identity as a social worker in respect to commitment to and the provision of service to people
- the ability to function within an organizational context
- the ability to function within a community context
- the ability to identify, assess, formulate, implement and evaluate strategy on behalf of the user system
- effectiveness in communication skills.
The Practicum Office coordinates and supports the activities of the various stakeholders in order to ensure that students have the opportunity to develop competence in social work in the field. For detailed information on the Practicum courses at FIFSW, please refer to the Practicum Manual.
Note: Students should expect that practicum settings will require a recent completed police and vulnerable sector check.