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BSW field placements in a nutshell...

Objectives:

At the Bachelor's level… Achieve your goal to become a modern, professional social worker by taking the school's Bachelor of Social Work. We offer a wide range of academic courses and experiential field training including individuals and families, child protection, groupwork, community organization, advocacy, social policy and a range of contemporary social issues such as domestic violence, aboriginal issues, international social work, refugees, health and social care.

The BSW practice courses provide an opportunity for the student to apply concepts and theories learned in the classroom under the guidance of a qualified field instructor. The goal of the field education program at the undergraduate level is also to provide field placements that may allow students to acquire skills and experiences with diverse communities and settings. Students will develop practice competence in psycho-social and community assessment, evaluation, intervention and planning as an entry level professional within the agency or community organization. BSW practice courses may include work with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities. Students are expected to vary their field experiences and expand their professional repertoire in both direct and indirect practice.

Grading:

Field practice courses are not awarded a letter grade, they are evaluated on a pass/fail basis.


Two-Year BSW

As of September 2012, the 2 year 60-credit BSW program is being replaced by the Qualifying Year pragram. The following information pertains to students completing Year 2 of the 2 year, 60-credit BSW program.

About Y2:

  • Y2 students spend 2 days per week, from September to mid-April in the field for a total of 400 field hours (200 hours per course/term).
  • Field days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • The field placement will be carried out in one field setting during the whole academic year even though it represents two courses.
  • Y2 students can do their field placement in a Block, in which case the placement will be completed after all the academic requirements are done.

Y2 students cannot:

  • End the practicum early regardless of hours accrued.
  • Do their field placement in an agency/setting in which they have worked or are currently working.

Required Courses:

  • SWRK 420 Advanced Field Practice 1
  • SWRK 421 Advanced Field Practice 2

Three-Year BSW

In the 3 year, 90 credit program, Year one, two and three will be referred to respectively as U1, U2 and U3.

U1

Required Courses:
  • SWRK 222 Introduction to Practicum

U2

U2 Program Criteria:

Students must have completed a minimum number of 24 of the 90 credits of study in order to begin the second year (U2) of field placement.

About U2:

  • U2 field placements are generally carried out in a community based setting where the student may be exposed to the following activities: outreach, advocacy, program planning and implementation, working with groups of individuals and different systems (e.g. welfare, health), participating in meetings, analyzing policies and their implications for practice, providing information, referral services, case management and needs and/or psychosocial assessments.
  • The field placement will be carried out in one field setting during the whole academic year even though it represents two courses.
  • U2 students are in field 2 days of the week, from September until mid-April and must complete successfully 400 hours (each course represents 200 hours) of field practice in an organization.
  • Field days are Tuesday and Thursday.

U2 students cannot:

  • End the practicum early regardless of hours accrued.
  • Do their field placement in an agency/setting in which they have already worked, or are currently working.
  • U2 placements cannot be done as a Block.

Required Courses:

  • SWRK 322 Field Practice 1
  • SWRK 323 Field Practice 2

U3

U3 Program Criteria:

Students must have completed a minimum number of 54 of the 90 credits of study in order to begin the third year (U3) of field placement.

About U3:

  • BSW U3 field placements are generally carried out in public service institutions that address physical and mental health, child protection, and disabilities, to name a few areas of practice. These placement opportunities emphasize developing competence for direct intervention with clients, specifically related to psychosocial assessment, intervention and evaluation.
  • Students may be involved in any of the following activities: formal psycho-social assessments, counseling, group work, interdisciplinary work, working in teams, presenting at case conferences, understanding accountability structures, implementing intervention plans with clients or groups.
  • The field placement will be carried out in one field setting during the whole academic year even though it represents two courses.
  • U3 students are in field 2 days of the week, from September until mid-April and must complete successfully 400 hours (each course represents 200 hours) of field practice.
  • Field days are Tuesday and Thursday.
  • U3 students can do their placement as a Block at an approved social service agency outside of Quebec once coursework is completed.

U3 students cannot:

  • End the practicum early regardless of hours accrued.
  • Do their field placement in an agency/setting in which they have already worked, or are currently working.

Required Courses:

  • SWRK 420 Advanced Field Practice 1
  • SWRK 421 Adv Field Practice 2

 

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