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Field Placements

Lawrence Danso, participating at a Hear our Voices, a student program, held at the Montclair Residence

As a BSW or MSW (Practice Option) student in the School of Social Work you will be required to take field courses where, under the guidance of a qualified field instructor, you will apply and hone theoretical concepts learned in the classroom.

Field Practice Education (also referred to as: field practicum, stage, internship, field education, or field course) is teaching and learning that takes place directly in a social service setting to give the student experience in social work practice. All field placement settings are selected on the basis of their ability to provide a quality learning experience for students. The range of field placement settings available to social work students is reflective of a diverse array of social work and related services.

This section covers field placement at the BSW and MSW (Practice Option) levels, safety issues, the agency selection process, and a guide for how to make the most of your field supervision. The section also explains the work of Indigenous Access McGill.

Objectives for Field Practice Education


At the undergraduate BSW level, the program aims to provide field experiences to prepare students for the generalist practice of social work.

Qualifying Year (Q Yr)

At the Q Yr level, the aim is for students to learn generalist social work practice and to prepare students for advanced practice opportunities at the MSW level.


At the graduate MSW level, the focus is on advanced practice. Students will build on their skill base and develop a stronger theoretical and critically reflective approach to practice and research.

Programs at all levels seek to:

  • Develop practice competence.
  • Prepare students to become self-evaluating, knowledgeable and developing social workers.
  • Provide students with the experiential opportunity to integrate theory, values and skills.