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May 3, 2016

Canadian Excellence

Beginning Practicum Instruction Workshops

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. - Proverb

The Faculty of Social Work has developed 3 training sessions to prepare new instructors for the responsibility of supporting students through their Master of Social Work education.

Session 1: August 27, 2015
Session 2: September 25, 2015
Session 3: October 15, 2015

These workshops are designed for new practicum instructors and are open to MSW & BSW instructors. The focus is on developing knowledge and skills to facilitate adult learning in practicum education and to narrow the gap between field and classroom, practice and theory.

In the form of interactive instructor presentations, large group discussions, and small group activities, participants are invited to share their experiences of practicum teaching as both learners and instructors.

Participants will be expected to complete brief readings and exercises between sessions.




Thursday, August 27, 2015

Getting Started

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

FSW-101 (Auditorium)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Supervision, Integration and Diversity

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

FSW-101 (Auditorium)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Evaluation, Ending and Special Issues

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

FSW-101 (Auditorium)

Registration is now closed.


Session I: Getting Started

  • Roles, responsibilities and primary tasks of Field Instructors
  • Models and strategies of field education/supervision
  • Effective vs. ineffective supervision
  • Planning your student's orientation to the agency

Session II: Supervision, Integration and Diversity

  • Transition from practitioner to educator
  • Recommendations from successful field instruction
  • Teaching adult learners
  • Goodness of fit and making adjustments
  • Developing the Learning Plan
  • Evaluation process

Session III: Evaluation, Ending and Special Issues

  • Principles for evaluation
  • Giving effective feedback
  • Ethical issues and strategies
  • Areas of potential liability
  • Incorporating awareness of diversity
  • Challenges
  • Dealing with stress in yourself and your student
  • A method for critical reflection on practice

About the Facilitator:

Dr. Deena Mandell, PhD, MSW - Associate Professor