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Greetings from the Office of Field Education! Field education (i.e. practicum) is the signature pedagogy for social work. This means that field education is the key method of instruction and learning through which our profession socializes its students to become practitioners. Because it is such a critical part of becoming a social worker, the practicum is often considered the 'heart' of social work education.

Field Education Manual and Other Forms and Policies

Note: In order for forms to be fillable, they must be opened with the Adobe Acrobat browser. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat program, the forms will need to be manually filled in and presented to the social work office.

Instructions For Using A Fillable PDF Form

Field Education Manual and Other Forms and Policies

Note: In order for forms to be fillable, they must be opened with the Adobe Acrobat browser. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat program, the forms will need to be manually filled in and presented to the social work office.

Instructions For Using a Fillable PDF Form

What is a Field Instructor?

Field Instructors are agency-based social workers who supervise and instruct students in their field placement or practicum. All BSW and MSW students at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, complete at least one practicum. The goal of practicum is to provide opportunities for students to develop as professional social workers within supervised practice contexts. A primary focus of the practicum is to enhance students' abilities to integrate or make linkages between theory (e.g., classroom learning) and social work practice

If you:

  • hold a BSW (RSW) or MSW (RSW)
  • have 2 or more years of social work experience, and
  • have a commitment to excellence in social work education

please consider becoming a field instructor for a BSW or MSW student completing practicum.

In their role, field instructors:

  1. administer the tasks associated with the field placement;
  2. teach students to integrate social work knowledge, skills, and values into social work practice;
  3. ensure the quality of student service to agency client systems; and
  4. evaluate students' performance and progress.

Field instructors are supported by Faculty Liaisons, who make regular visits to placements to meet with field instructors and students, and are available to provide information, guidance and consultation to field instructors. Faculty liaisons also facilitate integrative seminars for students in order to facilitate and promote the linkages between theory and practice. Field instructors are supported by the Office of Field Education through the provision of training and professional development opportunities, as well as consultation with the Administrator, Coordinator and Director of Field Education, as needed.

Benefits for Field Instructors

The Faculty of Social Work is committed to providing training and professional development opportunities to field instructors. The Faculty recognizes and appreciates field instructors' contributions by providing:

  • ACSW continuing competency credits - Field instructors receive up to 20 Category A credits for supervising a practicum student. Additional competency credits may be gained through attending workshops or participating on field education committees.
  • Opportunities to attend training workshops spon¬≠sored by the Faculty at no cost or discounted cost.

Documents to be Completed by Field Instructors:

Note: In order for forms to be fillable, they must be opened with the Adobe Acrobat browser. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat program, the forms will need to be manually filled in and presented to the social work office.

Instructions For Using A Fillable PDF Form

Intern Placement Tracking Software: http://www.runiptca.com

IPT Instruction Booklet