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Year 2/Advanced Standing Schedules

COVID-19 impact on practicum courses

Key Dates 2020-2021

Total minimum days in Practicum: 48.2  (337.5 hours)

Standard Schedule

  • Wednesday September 16, 2020 start
  • 7-hour days, Wednesday to Friday
Fall term
Rolling Start date Wednesday September 16 (or earlier/later)
Orientation Checklist due Day 2
Learning Contract due Practicum hour 67 mark
Midterm evaluation due Practicum hour 169 mark
Last day of Fall classes Friday December 4
University closed (no practicum attendance permitted) Wednesday December 23 – Sunday January 3
Winter term
University open; first day of classes; practicum hours may resume Monday January 4
Family Day (no practicum) Monday February 15
Reading Week (practicum attendance optional) Tuesday February 16 – Friday February 19
Final evaluation due Practicum hour 337.5 (minimum)
Last day of classes Thursday April 1, 2021
Last day to submit final evaluation Thursday April 1, 2021

NOTE: COVID-19 specific information (updated September 24, 2020)

  • Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) has reduced time requirement (minimum 337.5 hours) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic until April 2021. The FIFSW has set out in past years the time requirement of 518-525 hours for the Practicum II course. This may be reinstated as of April 2021.
  • Personal Days:  The purpose of personal days is to accommodate unexpected situations such as unforeseen illness, bereavement and religious observation. In order to stay within the requirements of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) ,  the following guidelines are in place:
    Practicum II that is 497 hours in length: a maximum of three personal days for the entire practicum are allowed. To mitigate impact on the organization, students must inform their field instructor and FFL as early as possible. Absences from the practicum which exceed three days must be rescheduled.
    Practicum II that is less than 497 hours in length: Personal days may not be counted toward practicum hours. Students must provide the reason for absences to the field instructor and Faculty-Field Liaion.  Students and field instructors are to consult with their Faculty-Field Liaison to ensure adherence to:
    * the CASWE accreditation standards
    * the required number of hours as negotiated by the field instructor regarding the length of practicum

Field Instructor Professional Development 2020-2021

Date Event Registration
Friday September 11, 2020
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Professional Development: Preparing for your Student and Orientation to Field Education 
Facilitator: Roxanne Power
Via Zoom
Friday October 2, 2020
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Professional Development:  Learning Contracts and Practicum Beginnings
Facilitator: Amanda Neves
Via Zoom
Friday November 6, 2020
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Professional Development: 
Mid-term Evaluation
Facilitator: Clara Ho
Via Zoom
Friday January 22, 2021,
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Via Zoom
Professional Development for field instructors and students:  Power and Authority
Facilitator: Clara Ho
Registration (required)

Student Meetings and Workshops

Date Event Registration
Tuesday September 15, 2020   12:00pm  (Online)
Faculty-Field Liaison/Student Meeting #1
Tuesday September 29, 2020  12:00pm   (Online)
Faculty-Field Liaison/Student Meeting #2
Tuesday October 27, 2020  12:00pm   (Online)
Faculty-Field Liaison/Student Meeting #3
 TBA IPE Workshop for Students in Health Sciences Information available through the Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE)
 Tuesday January 19, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Faculty-Field Liaison/Student Meeting #4
Friday January 22, 2021
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Via Zoom
Professional Development:
Power and Authority
For field instructors and students
Facilitator: Clara Ho
Registration (required)
Tuesday January 26, 2021
12:00 to 1:15 pm
Panel Discussion:  Me?? A Field Instructor????