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Important Safety Information – Fall 2020 Practicums

In March 2020 a global pandemic caused all practicums at FIFSW to continue only remotely.  Some field instructors were abruptly deployed, leaving their students without a practicum. The Practicum Office reached out for field instructors for these students.  Mariana Paz-Solden had 128 hours remaining. Morgan Weatherup, a FIFSW graduate and a field instructor at Ontario Shores, agreed to provide supervision, remotely.  Here is their story.

Virtual Field Instructor Module

The Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) has developed a module to support field instructors in providing supervision remotely.  We encourage field instructors to take advantage of this resource.


Resources for Field Instructors
– to help think about how to virtually onboard students so that they feel fully integrated into the team:
http://portfolio.du.edu/currentagencyresources/item/571698

 

To offer a practicum placement email practicum.fsw@utoronto.ca

Field Instruction Standards

Note:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the 2020-21 academic year, FIFSW is waiving the requirement that Practicum I must have a direct practice component.  

  Year 1 Year 2/Advanced Standing
Qualifications Hold a BSW or an MSW degree from an accredited social work program, or be in a co-supervisory role with a colleague who holds a BSW or MSW degree. Hold an MSW degree from an accredited social work program, or be in a co-supervisory role with a colleague who holds an MSW degree.
Experience Have a minimum of 2 years social work practice experience, or be in a co-supervisory role with a colleague who has practiced in the field for at least 2 years. Have a minimum of 2 years social work practice experience, or be in a co-supervisory role with a colleague who has practiced in the field for at least 2 years.
Learning Opportunities Provide multiple opportunities for developing and refining a range of :

  • direct practice competencies, including assessment/ intervention with individuals and/or groups,

AND

  • indirect practice skills (e.g. research, program evaluation, resource development, policy analysis).
Provide multiple opportunities for developing and refining a range of:

  • direct practice skills (e.g. assessment/intervention with individuals and/or groups),

and/or

  • indirect practice skills (e.g. research, program evaluation, resource development, policy analysis).

Indicate on the PAS which field most accurately reflects the practicum you are offering, and whether it is a direct, indirect, or mixed practice setting.

*FIFSW students in the ITR field are not required to have a direct practice experience in their practicum.
As of December 31, 2019, performance of the controlled act of psychotherapy is restricted under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) to members of six regulatory colleges. This includes members of the OCSWSSW. http://www.ocswssw.org/professional-practice/regulation-of-psychotherapy/

Students engaged in psychotherapy in their practicum must be under the supervision of someone holding an MSW or BSW and registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Supervision Provide a thorough orientation to the practicum setting, the student’s role, and safety policies/procedures.

Be responsible for the practicum student at all times, or assign a designate when unavailable.

Provide a minimum of 1 hour per week of protected time for student supervision (e.g. instructing, establishing learning objectives, integrating theory, debriefing, etc.).

Provide regular opportunities to be observed by student.

Regularly observe the student’s work and provide constructive feedback.

 

Administration Provide a description of the learning opportunity and any special requirements on Practicum Administration System (PAS) database.

E-mail a resume to the Practicum Office.

Notify relevant personnel within the practicum setting (educational coordinator/supervisor/manager) of their intent to assume the field instructor role.

Complete the online evaluation tool by the designated dates, with constructive comments for future development.

 

Risk Reduction and Student Safety

Student safety is of paramount concern.  The Checklist I: Practicum Safety and Orientation and  Checklist II Practicum Learning and Reflection have been developed to assist the field instructor and student with key components for the practicum.

Evaluation

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:

Our Reputation 

In the 2020,  the University of Toronto placed 18th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. U of T also remained the top Canadian university for the tenth 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 second internationally.

COVID-19 impact on practicum courses