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Field Instructors

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 meet our Field Instruction Standards, they oversee and guide our students in the provision of services to a variety of clients, organizations and communities.

> Learn about the benefits of becoming a Field Instructor

Watch Professor Rob MacFadden speak about the impact of field education on social work practice:

Field Instruction Standards

Our Field Instruction Standards outline the qualifications for becoming a field instructor and the expectations for the role. We are always looking to partner with new instructors and organizations. If you are able to meet our Field Instructor Standards, we would love to work with you!

If you would like to offer a practicum placement, please email practicum.fsw@utoronto.ca. 

CASWE Online Field Instructor Course

The Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS), the accrediting body for social work programs in Canada, has designed an online course for new and returning field instructors. The course consists of 9 modules delivered in a concise and engaging format that includes multimedia resources and will take approximately 10 hours to complete.

This online, asynchronous course is offered every two months and is intended to be easily accessed by field instructors and completed at their own pace, while providing them with the training and resources needed to enhance their field experience. More information can be found on the CASWE website: https://education.caswe-acfts.ca/

Registration

A University of Toronto Verification Code is needed for registration.

  1. Contact Practicum Coordinator Alexandra Sparaggis at alexi.sparaggis@utoronto.ca to receive a Verification Code.
  2. Register online at: https://education.caswe-acfts.ca/register/
  3. Add the University of Toronto’s Verification Code and contact information for FIFSW’s Field Coordinator: Alexandra Sparaggis, alexi.sparaggis@utoronto.ca.

To Login

URL Link: The link to the English version of the course is https://education.caswe-acfts.ca/.

Participants may also access the course from the main CASWE-ACFTS website:

  1. Go to www.caswe-acfts.ca
  2. Hover over “Our Activities”
  3. Select “Field Course”
  4. Select “Login” on the top right corner

Remote Field Instruction

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

> Virtual Field Instructor Module [PDF]