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Key information and resources

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

Online Learning Modules

FIFSW has compiled online learning resources for field instructors covering topics such as: student supervision, dealing with challenging behaviour, retention strategies, becoming a successful field instructor and self-care and wellness. Access the learning modules here: Online Field Instruction Resources

The Field Office at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has developed online training modules to help create Trans-Affirming Field Placements for Social Work students. They have kindly offered to share with other field offices. You are required to create an account to access the training modules. Register here: UNC Creating Trans-Affirming Social Work Placements Workshops

The Social Identity Wheel

The Social Identity Wheel worksheet is an activity that encourages students to identify social identities and reflect on the various ways those identities become visible or more keenly felt at different times, and how those identities impact the ways others perceive or treat them. The worksheet prompts students to fill in various social identities (such as race, gender, sex, ability disability, sexual orientation, etc.) and further categorize those identities based on which matter most in their self-perception and which matter most in others’ perception of them.
Learning goals can be: To encourage students to consider their identities critically and how identities are more or less keenly felt in different social contexts; to illuminate how privilege operates to normalize some identities over others and to sensitize students to their shared identities with their classmates as well as the diversity of identities in the classroom, building community and encouraging empathy.
(from University of Michigan LSA Inclusive Teaching,

The Social Identity Wheel handout


What Students Appreciate – a summary of feedback from past MSW practicum students that highlights what field instructors did that made the practicum experience particularly valuable, engaging and enjoyable.


Field Instructor PD session: The Learning Contract

Year 1 Professional development session slides December 10, 2021


Bogo, M., & Vayda, E. (1987). The Practice of Field Instruction in Social Work (Theory and Process With an Annotated Bibliography). University of Toronto Press.

Bogo, M., & Vayda, E. (1998). The Practice of Field Instruction in Social Work: Theory and Process, 2nd edition. Columbia University Press.                                                   

Bogo, M. (2010). Achieving Competence in Social Work through Field Education. Toronto: University of Toronto Press Incorporated.

Bogo, M., Rawlings, M., Katz, E., & Logie, C. (2014). Using Simulation in Assessment and Teaching. Alexandria: CSWE Press.


Two Special Issues of the Clinical Social Work Journal dedicated to building on the social work discipline’s tradition and commitment to the supervision of staff and field education of students. Guest Editors: Marion Bogo and Karen M. Sewell


  1. The Field Educator Simmons online journal
  2. UK Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning
  3. The US Journal of Teaching in Social Work
  4. Social Work Education: The International Journal
  5. Journal of Social Work Education

FIFSW Learning Tools


Professor Marion Bogo has developed a 13 ½ minute video for Year 1 Field Instructors to explain the relationship between the first semester courses, Elements in Social Work and Social Work Laboratory, and Practicum I:

Bridging Class and Practicum_ Competencies complements the video.

Watch Professor Rob MacFadden speak about the impact of field education on social work practice: 


Professor Marion Bogo discusses the challenges faced in providing high-quality, effective field instruction in Episode 65 – Doing, Thinking, Then Doing Again: Reflective Practice in Field Education


Ellen Katz – Five Minute Mindfulness Practice (audio)



  • Bertha Rosenstadt Trust: As a faculty, the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work is committed to strengthening ties we have with partner organizations who offer practica to our MSW students. The Bertha Rosenstadt Trust Fund in Health Research, which is available to organizations with which we have partnerships, as well as to all other Health Sciences Faculties at U of T is one way to strengthen and cultivate quality practica.
  • Interprofessional Education Materials

IPE Tip Sheet for Field Instructors

IPE Activity 1 – Participation in Interprofessional Team Education

IPE Activity 2 – Interviewing Shadowing a Team Member

IPE Activity 3 – Participation in Team Meetings