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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Training opportunities are provided for new field instructors each year. Periodic workshop activity involving all instructors are usually offered by the faculty once a year. All new instructors are expected to take the “Beginning Field Education Instruction" workshop series prior to or while providing field instruction to their first student. Instructors who have completed similar training at another school or faculty of social work may be exempt. There is no fee for this workshop.

Beginning MSW Field Instruction Training: Fall 2017

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

  • Session 1: Getting Started
    • Aug. 22, 2017
    • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • FSW-101 (Auditorium)
  • Session 2: Supervision, Integration and Diversity
    • Sept. 19, 2017
    • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • FSW-101 (Auditorium)
  • Session 3: Evaluation, Ending and Special Issues
    • Oct. 24, 2017
    • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • FSW-101 (Auditorium)

These workshops are designed for new field instructors and are open to Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work instructors. The focus is on developing knowledge and skills to facilitate adult learning in field 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 field teaching as both learners and instructors.

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


Registration is open. Email to confirm registration.


TBD. MSW Field Education Office.


Note: subject to change.

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere."

– Proverb

Session 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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.

Beginning MSW Field Instruction Training: Winter 2016

The winter 2017 beginning field education instruction workshops are hosted by Renison College at the University of Waterloo.


  • Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
  • Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
  • Friday, March 10, 2017

Contact Ann Dennis at for more information about this program or to register.


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