The effectiveness of social work education depends on a number of factors; particularly the skills and knowledge students develop through engaging in a process of practice-based education and learning. The School would like to thank their community partners and field instructors for their support in this process!
Both students and Field Instructors benefit from practicum placements. Field Instructors contribute to the ongoing development of professional social work practice; while students share with them up-to-date academic knowledge that often directly impacts the workings of their organization.
The Field Education Manager and the Field Education Coordinators are continuously searching to locate agencies where students can engage in challenging learning opportunities.
Organizations selected for field instruction are chosen based on the following guidelines:
Criteria for Placement Sites/Settings
- The School generally looks at non-profit agencies.
- The agency is willing to provide a learning environment for the student, including accepting them as a member of the placement setting and as a learning professional.
- The agency can give the Field Instructor some time for supervising the student and completing the mid-point review and final evaluation.
- Field instruction responsibilities may be shared between more than one Field Instructor.
- Suitable space and working facilities should be available for students. The School recognizes that agencies may have to be creative and students may have to share space and sometimes desks because of the lack of space and stringent cutbacks in some settings.
- Ability to agree to a legal agreement between the practicum agency and York University. Each agreement is valid for three years, but doesn’t obligate the agency to take students every year.
- York University provides insurance coverage for social work students during practicum hours. Practicum partners are required to report any incidents to York University immediately.