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For Field Instructors

Important Safety Information – Fall 2021 Practicums

An Example of Remote Field Instruction

In March 2020 a global pandemic caused all practicums at FIFSW to continue only remotely.  Some field instructors were abruptly redeployed, 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:


To offer a practicum placement email

Field Instruction Standards

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.


Accessibility Information

The University of Toronto’s Accessibility Services supports students who experience difficulties affecting their learning in lectures, labs and/or tutorials and practicum courses through academic and practicum accommodations. Accommodations and services are individualized to each student and the learning needs of each course and program.

For more information about Accessibility Services registration please see the Accessibility Services Registration and Documentation page.

Please also see the AODA Information for Faculty and Academic Staff on Effective Accommodations for Placements, and Practicums Handbook

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.