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Funding – The Bertha Rosenstadt Trust

Strengthening Field Education

Field education is the cornerstone of the MSW educational experience – practicums provide our students with exceptional learning opportunities. As a Faculty, we are committed to strengthening the all-important ties we have with partner organizations who offer practicum to our students. The Bertha Rosenstadt Trust Fund in Health Research – which is available to our Faculty, as well as to all other Health Sciences at U of T – is an important way we accomplish this.

For the FIFSW Practicum Office, this fund is a valuable way to secure long-term commitments for MSW student placements, while also promoting cutting-edge research in field education. How does it work? An organization agrees to take a pre-negotiated number of MSW practicum students for three consecutive years. In return, the organization receives a three-year grant to engage in a research project, developed in consultation with our Faculty, that expands social work field education knowledge as well as field education capacity. Please submit research ideas (2-page maximum) to

Below are brief descriptions of the three-year projects that were funded in 2019 and 2020.

SickKids – The Hospital for Sick Children
Goal: to support the development of an evidence-informed and practice-based evidence model of field instruction supervision

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Goal: to evaluate the use of simulation to teach social work students how to conduct either a Mental Status Examination (MSE) or a Suicide Risk Assessment.

Women’s College Hospital
Goal: to increase capacity for student Social Work learners through implementation of a new teaching model at Women’s College Hospital Academic Family Health Team

Unity Health
Goal: to identify key content to clinical practice and deliver content in education sessions during placement to prepare students with necessary knowledge and skills to work with patients and families

North York General Hospital
Title: Comparing attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions around offering a field placement
Goal: to examine Social Workers’ Attitudes, Beliefs, and Perceptions of Offering a Social Work Field Placement

Get more information about past leading-edge research funded from the Bertha Rosenstadt Trust in Spring 2013 Reach

On February 6, 2015, the FIFSW Practicum Office hosted the Bertha Rosenstadt Trust – FIFSW Showcase to highlight current research initiatives funded by the Bertha Rosenstadt Trust. To learn more about this event click here.