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Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency

Trauma-informed practice

Trauma-informed services recognize that the core of any service is genuine, authentic and compassionate relationships. Trauma-informed systems and organizations provide for everyone within that system or organization by having a basic understanding of the psychological, neurological, biological, social and spiritual impact that trauma and violence can have on individuals seeking support.

At its core, the trauma-informed model replaces the labelling of clients or patients as being ‘sick,’ ‘resistant’ or ‘uncooperative’ with that of being affected by an ‘injury’. Viewing trauma as an injury shifts the conversation from asking “What is wrong with you?” to “What has happened to you?” (Trauma-informed: The Trauma Toolkit, Klinic Community Health Centre, Second Edition, 2013).


Purpose of the Practicum

The development of social work competence is primary objective of the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW), University of Toronto. Graduates, employers and educators credit field education as one of the most important elements of social work education programs.  An experiential form of teaching and learning, it is achieved through the provision and / or development of services to clients, communities, organizations or the larger society. Social service, education and health organizations voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to social work education by offering practicums where knowledge is integrated with practice, and social work competence can be developed.

The Practicum Office coordinates and supports the activities of the various stakeholders in order to ensure that FIFSW students have the opportunity to develop competence in social work. We encourage familiarity with the Practicum Manual. Summary links are below in this document.