BSW Guidelines

Practicum Guidelines for BSW Students

The Practicum course is a requirement in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program.

Knowledge and Practice Objectives of the BSW Practicum

  • Ability to assess and understand the impact of psycho-social, political, cultural, racial and economic systems on the lives of people.
  • Ability to understand and apply theory into practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in a process of self-reflection.
  • Knowledge of various strategies of social work intervention with community and institutional systems, small groups, families and individuals and the theoretical bases of these strategies.
  • Ability to conduct culturally sensitive interviews, give and receive information and communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the human resource and service network to facilitate appropriate referrals and understand policy and practice implications.
  • Understanding of policy and practice implications in human service organizations and the impact on the lives of clients.

The Practicum Process

Each BSW student must complete a field placement as a requirement for graduation. Please check the various BSW streams at the end of this page for further information:

A Planning For Placement Orientation Session is organized in the Fall term for all students planning to begin placement in the following academic year. It is intended to give students a general overview of the practicum requirement in the program and the steps involved in successfully receiving a placement.

A mandatory Applying for Placement Orientation Session is organized for BSW students in the Fall term for all students who plan to participate in the practicum during the upcoming Fall and Winter terms. At the Orientation Session, students are provided with an outline of the placement process, the responsibilities of the placement student and the School.   A tutorial on the on-line database placement application will also be given.   All students looking to start their placement are required to submit an on-line placement application.

Social Work Events
Workshops  are typically held in the Fall or Winter term for students  to learn what social work looks like in the field.

Beginning Placement Orientation
This session is offered at the beginning of each term for students beginning field placement in that term. This session provides a more in-depth discussion of specific issues related to the practicum including a review of necessary documentation and an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the student, field instructor and faculty advisor.