For Field Instructors
Please email the Practicum Office at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like
to offer a practicum placement.
Quick Links (for all field instructors)
Risk Reduction and Student Safety
Student safety is of paramount concern. The Checklist I Practicum Safety and Learning and Checklist II Practicum Learning and Reflection have been developed to assist the field instructor and student with key components for the practicum.
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:
In the 2018 Times Higher Education (see 2018 THE ranking), the University of Toronto maintained its 22nd position, tied this time with the National University of Singapore. U of T also remained the top Canadian university for the eighth 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 fifth in North America, recognized for its research productivity.
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:
- 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
- Discount of 10% on designated courses through the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto
- Invitations to workshops and training offered at the university and in the community
- Attend seminars by guest speakers
- Participate in simulation research and activities, “Practice Fridays”
- 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.
- Eligible to apply for designation of Adjunct Lecturer with the FIFSW (three-year commitment required)
- Facilitate Interprofessional Education (IPE) activities with professionals from other disciplines https://ipecurriculum.utoronto.ca/Activity
- Possibility of OCSWSSW continuing competency hours.
Professor Marion Bogo has developed a 13 ½ minute video for Year 1 Field Instructors to explain the relationship between the first semester courses, Elements in Social Work and Social Work Laboratory, and Practicum I. The video is available at https://media.library.utoronto.ca/play.php?jbRrmfNib7y5&id=22838&access=public.
Bridging Class and Practicum_ Competencies complements the video.
Interprofessional Education Materials
Link to Resource Room
Ellen Katz – Five Minute Mindfulness Practice