As with other courses at FIFSW, the practicum is typically a Toronto-based course.
Settings represent a wide range of opportunities: health care organizations, educational institutions, social service agencies, associations and advocacy groups, and government ministries, to name a few. Agreements between U of T and the organizations are formalized through signed Affiliation Agreements.
From time to time, practicums may be arranged outside of Toronto on a case-by-case basis.
How practicum settings are confirmed by the Practicum Office:
The Practicum Office is the primary contact with organizations. The Practicum Office:
- annually invites organizations to offer practicum opportunities,
- provides the standards for field instruction,
- screens expressions of interest and assesses whether these practicums meet the FIFSW standards before confirming.
Students are NOT to initiate independent requests of any social worker or organization.
Students select practicums from the available offers on the Practicum Administration System (PAS).
The requests for practicums at hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) far outnumber the supply. So that as many students as possible have an opportunity to complete a practicum at a hospital in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), social work students in the two-year MSW program are limited during the program to one practicum at a hospital in the GTA. This does not increase the number of hospital practicums. However it does give as many students as possible an opportunity to complete a practicum in a GTA hospital.
In-person practicum interviews precede the practicum commencement. Many organizations/field instructors will only consider an in-person interview. As such, students are required to be available for practicum interviews.
For students who reside a significant distance from Toronto, the Practicum Office will try to facilitate alternate interview formats, i.e., Skype. However, this is at the discretion of the organization and field instructor(s).
YEAR I: Interviews typically occur in November and December.
YEAR II/Advanced Standing: Interviews typically occur May and June, but may extend into the summer.
NOTE: Before selecting practicums from the PAS, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the entry-to-practice requirements/application for registration set out by the social work regulator in the jurisdiction where you intend to practice social work. The criteria set out by the social work regulator may have a direct impact on your practicum selections.
The Practicum Administrative System (PAS) is a database to monitor practicum, field instructor, student and agency activities for the purpose of providing a practicum credit. The PAS is not a replacement for records / transcripts that may be required in the future by a potential employer, regulatory body, licensing organization or for other purposes. The Practicum Office is not responsible for providing / verifying credentials of a field instructor after you have graduated. It is therefore highly recommended that you keep your own records of your practicum details, as these may be required in the future.
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.