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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.


A significant part of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) learning experience happens outside of the classroom. All social work students are required to complete work placements in the field, allowing them to integrate the skills they learn in school and develop their identities as professional social workers. The success of our BSW practicum and MSW practicum programs rely heavily on field agencies that dedicate their time, resources and staff to the education of social work students.

In appreciation of the hard work our field agency partners do in providing excellent learning opportunities for our BSW and MSW students, the Faculty of Social Work offers Professional Development (PD) dollars. Each agency that takes a field placement student receives PD dollars that can be used toward almost any workshop offered by the Faculty of Social Work.

PD dollars are awarded as follows:

  • 65 PD dollars for BSW placements.
  • 85 PD dollars for foundational MSW placements.
  • 100 PD dollars for advanced MSW placements.

The Fine Print

  • PD dollars are awarded in December and May, upon completion of placements.
  • PD dollars are given to the agency rather than individual practicum instructors.
  • Dollars expire after five years.
  • No cash value.

Contact Us:

Lynne Jordan, Coordinator, Professional Development

E: ljordan@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x5265


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