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Step One: Criteria and Responsibilities

Field instructors are employed by agencies, or teaching centres, and normally:

  • Complete the Beginning Field Instruction Workshop or an equivalent. Instructors make a commitment to accept a student during the time they are taking this training or the calendar year following it.
  • Are supported by their agencies to undertake this responsibility.
  • BSW: Have a Bachelor of Social Work (or its equivalent).
  • MSW: Have a Master of Social Work (or its equivalent) for advanced or foundational placements, or a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) for foundational placements.

Step Two: Placement Planning Form

The Placement Planning Form collects detailed information about the placement opportunity at an agency. This form provides the Field Office with information needed to build your opportunity into our field database and helps students understand what learning opportunities and experiences will be available at your agency.

Step Three: Experiential Learning Agreement Forms

  • Experiential Learning Agreement
  • Pre-Placement Safety Review and Declaration

The Experiential Learning Agreement outlines our mutual obligations in providing field education and formalizes the partnership between an agency and Wilfrid Laurier University. For FSW students to complete their field placement at an agency, an Experiential Learning Agreement needs to be executed.

The Pre-Placement Safety Review and Declaration is used to document the health and safety instruction provided to the student prior to exposure to hazards in the workplace. The Declaration provides confirmation of whether or not an agency has Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage. This information is required in the event of an incident while on placement.

Contact Us:

MSW Field Education

T: 519.884.0710 x5269

BSW Field Education

T: 548.889.4833