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Contacts and Roles

Practicum Office Staff:

Practicum courses and process are based upon the cooperative involvement of the MSW student, Field Instructor(s), Faculty-Field Liaison, Field Education Coordinator (where applicable), and the Practicum Office, in the teaching and evaluation of students’ practicum experience. Each student has a teaching team comprised of the following persons:

  • Field Instructor(s)
  • Faculty-Field Liaison
  • Educational Coordinator at University of Toronto-recognized Teaching Centres and/or other organizations – where applicable

Practicum Team Member Roles

Practicum Student

  • Becomes familiar with the MSW Practicum Manual.
  • Reads, understands, and adheres to the CASW Code of Ethics (2005), and all relevant U of T codes of behaviour and ethical performance.
  • Participates in the practicum selection process.
  • Completes all documentation required for the practicum.
  • Meets the practicum course time requirements.
  • Registers with U of T Accessibility Services if accommodations are required; Communicates with the Practicum Office, where applicable, when accommodations may be required in their practicum course.
  • Prepares the Learning Contract in consultation with the Field Instructor(s).
  • Submits a copy of the completed Learning Contract electronically to the Faculty-Field Liaison (FFL), and Educational Coordinator, if applicable.
  • Attends the FFL-student meetings held at the FIFSW.
  • Prepares for and actively participates in supervision with the Field Instructor(s).
  • Contacts the FFL with any concerns regarding their Practicum course.
  • Completes the mid-term and final self-evaluations on the PAS.
  • Provides feedback to the Practicum Office (voluntary) through surveys/questionnaires and other venues available.

Field Instructor

  • Adheres to FIFSW policies, procedures and Practicum course expectations.
  • Becomes knowledgeable about the FIFSWs competency domains.
  • Orients the student to the practicum setting, including;
    • Safety and workplace policies and procedures (for rotational practicums, this will be provided at the start of each rotation),
    • The overall organization (agency programs and services)
    • Social work role expectations.
  • Ensures the student is provided with a comprehensive orientation including the Social Identity Wheel, a place to put their personal belongings, computer, telephone, private space for recording.
  • Completes all required FIFSW documentation, including Checklists I and II.
  • Ensures the practicum profile on the PAS is accurate and current.
  • Provides social work supervision including opportunities for the student to develop FIFSW competencies; (Year 1 competencies; Year 2/advanced standing competencies).  Regular direct observation of a student’s work is essential for teaching and evaluation. Supervision is a protected confidential time within which the student can engage in critical self-reflection; question and analyze their interventions and progress; question and develop one’s identity as a future practitioner; and develop understanding of their relationship with colleagues.  Supervision provides an opportunity for students and field instructors to develop mutually respectful relationships.
  • Demonstrates and encourages the integration of social work theory and practice.
  • Contacts the Faculty-Field Liaison (FFL) with any questions or concerns regarding the student in the practicum, and any supports needed.
  • Completes the mid-term and final student evaluations on the PAS.
  • Attends FIFSW Professional Development Workshop Series (recommended).

Faculty-Field Liaison (FFL)

  • Is the link between FIFSW, the student, the Field Instructor, and the Educational Coordinator (where applicable).
  • Provides ongoing linkages with field instructors regarding the school’s academic curriculum.
  • Receives the students’ learning contract, and contributes to its development.
  • Reviews the midterm and final evaluations and submits the course credit documentation to the Practicum Office.
  • Consults and supports the students and Field Instructor(s) if requested.
  • Facilitates group meetings with students at FIFSW.
  • Selects and makes available educational resources upon request.

Educational Coordinator (where applicable)

  • Oversees that the student is provided with the necessary tools for the Practicum course (orientation, technical support, space, accommodations, to name a few).
  • Is available to field instructor(s) and students in their organization for consultation and problem solving.
  • Ensures the practicum descriptions and requirements on the PAS practicum profile  are current and complete.
  • Reviews student learning contracts, mid-term and final student evaluations.

Practicum Office

  • Recruits, secures and monitors practicum opportunities.
  • Matches students with practicums.
  • Offers professional development workshops for field instructors.
  • Designs and delivers information sessions and student fora.
  • Responds to feedback from stakeholders to ensure quality standards and implements ongoing improvements.
  • Oversees all administrative tasks associated with FIFSW practicums.
  • Meets with students to discuss private concerns.

Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Changes will likely occur as the province and its municipalities adjust to new data about the virus. In these circumstances, please be advised that the manner of delivery of courses, co-curricular opportunities, programs, and services is subject to change, in accordance with university policies. The University thanks its students, faculty, and staff for their flexibility during these challenging times as we work together to maintain the standards of excellence that are the hallmark of the University.