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Submitted by 21232f297a57a5a... on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 11:58am

Hello from Jessica Ayala, the FSW Office of Field Education and Grace Elliott, the Edmonton-based Associate Director, Field Education!

Students describe the practicum as one of the most important components of their social work education. Because it is such a rich source of learning, practica are often considered the ‘heart' of social work education. Faculty members associated with Field Education are committed to providing quality support to enrich the practicum experience of students.

All students are supervised by an experienced, agency-based social worker who functions as the Field Instructor. In addition to ongoing guidance and feedback, the Instructor provides the student a minimum of one hour of supervision for every 15 placement hours. Students are also linked with a university-based Faculty member who acts as the Faculty Liaison. The Faculty Liaison, who is the teacher-of-record for the practicum course, facilitates the integrative seminar that forms part of the course, makes regular visits (on-site or electronic) to placement agencies and participates in the formal evaluations of the student's achievement.

A manual for each of the BSW and MSW provides province-wide policies and procedures related to field education. For each specific practicum course, a location-specific Course Book provides objectives and guidelines. Students are encouraged to be familiar with the Field Education Manual that applies to their degree (either BSW or MSW) and especially with the Course Book that relates to their specific practicum course/courses. The Course Book is the working document all students use while completing any field education course in our program.

Submitted by 21232f297a57a5a... on Fri, 11/08/2013 - 3:46pm

Agency-Based Learning Program Requirements

BSW (Edmonton-based and Learning Circles)

  • Post-Diploma Route:
    • SOWK 412 - 400 hours; co-requisite with SOWK 413, Integrative Seminar
  • University Transfer Route:
    • SOWK 410 - 300 hours; co-requisite with SOWK 411, Integrative Seminar
    • SOWK 412 - 400 hours; co-requisite with SOWK 413, Integrative Seminar

MSW

  • Foundation: SOWK 633 - 425 hours; includes ~25 hours integrative seminar
    (i.e., students with an undergraduate degree in another discipline)
  • Specialization: SOWK 696 - 525 hours; includes ~30 hours integrative seminar
    (i.e., students with BSWs or who have completed Foundation curriculum)

BSW Practicum

Field Education Manual and IPT Instruction Booklet

Other Forms and Policies

BSW Field Education Course Description

SOWK 410 - Introductory Practicum

The Introductory Practicum is required of students in the University Transfer Route, not of students in the Post-Diploma route. SOWK 411, Integrative Seminar, is co-requisite with the practicum.

The purpose of initial practicum in the BSW is to provide students with an introduction to professional social work practice in a specific setting. The student's time at practicum is spent according to the particular requirements of the setting and learning needs of the student, and includes direct and indirect social work practice opportunities.

Note: Students with extensive social work experience may be eligible to receive credit by special assessment for the Introductory Practicum. Details regarding this possibility are included in the BSW Field Education Manual.

SOWK 412 - Senior Practicum

The Senior Practicum is required of all students in the BSW program. SOWK 413, Integrative Seminar, is co-requisite with the practicum.

The purpose of the second practicum in the BSW is to provide students with an intensive experience in the delivery of professional social work practice in a specific setting.

Agency-Based Learning Programs Requirements

BSW (Edmonton-based and Learning Circles)

  • Post-Diploma route: SOWK 412 - 400 hours; co-requisite with SOWK 413, Integrative Seminar
  • University Transfer route: SOWK 410 - 300 hours; co-requisite with SOWK 411, Integrative Seminar and SOWK 412 - 400 hours; co-requisite with SOWK 413, Integrative Seminar

MSW Practicum

Field Education Manual and IPT Instruction Booklet

Other Forms and Policies

MSW Field Education Course Description

SOWK 633 - Foundational Field Practicum

The Foundational Field Practicum (425 hours) is normally required of students with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than social work. The purpose of the foundational practicum is to provide students with opportunities to develop, integrate, and reinforce social work competence through supervised practice in an agency setting.

The foundational practicum course requires students to complete 425 placement hours. Students in the Edmonton program typically complete the practicum in the winter semester of their second year in the program.

Note: Students with extensive social work experience may be eligible to receive credit by special assessment for the Foundational Practicum. Details regarding this possibility are included in the MSW Field Education Manual.

SOWK 696 - Advanced Practicum

The Advanced Practicum (525 hours) is required of all students in the MSW program. The purpose of the course is to develop students' existing social work knowledge and skills to a specialized level. The practicum promotes integration of the theory and skills students learn in the classroom with their professional practice and social work identity.

The Advanced Practicum course requires students to complete 525 placement hours. Students in Edmonton typically start their Advanced Practica in the summer between their first and second years.

Practicum Database

www.runiptca.com

Tutorials

View and listen (you will need speakers or a headset) anytime to the following tutorials on using the IPT database:

Completing Forms Using the IPT System (6 minutes)
https://connect.ucalgary.ca/formsonipt/

Course Book

IPT Instruction Booklet 

International Field Opportunities

Please check back for international field opportunities.

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