Welcome to the BSW Practicum! The practicum is a degree requirement of the Bachelor of Social Work program. Our practicum requirements are based on the accreditation standards set out by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.
The following page will walk you through the process of getting ready for your practicum which takes place in your final year of study. The Field Education Team looks forward to working with you during this very exciting chapter of your social work education experience.
Preparing for Practicum:
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- Ability to assess and understand the impact of political, cultural, racial and economic systems on the lives of people.
- Ability to apply theory into practice.
- Engage in a process of self-reflection.
- Knowledge of social work interventions used in different aspects of the social service sector.
- Knowledge and understanding of community resources and the social service sector to facilitate appropriate referrals.
- Understanding the implications of policy on practice.
Planning for Practicum Orientation
A mandatory Planning for Practicum Orientation audio presentation is shared in the Fall term for students intending to begin placement in the following academic year. This orientation is intended to give students a general overview of the practicum requirement and prepares them to apply for placement.
Applying for Practicum Orientation
A mandatory Applying for Practicum Orientation follows to provide students with an outline of the placement process and the responsibilities of the placement student and the Field Education Office. The online placement application is also discussed.
CAS Information Session (via zoom)
Friday, November 5, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
BSW Applying for Placement (2022/2023) via zoom
Monday, November 8, 2021, 9:30 am-11:30 am Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 11:00am-1:00pm Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 1:00-3:00 pm Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 5:00-7:00 pm
Resume & Cover Letter Writing Workshop (BSW/MSW) via zoom
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ready to Apply?
You can apply for practicum through Experience York.
Beginning Practicum Orientation
Once students are placed, they are required to attend the mandatory Beginning Practicum Orientation. This orientation offers information about the necessary documentation required for placement and the responsibilities of the student, Field Instructor, and Faculty Advisor.
Click the registration button to sign up for the Direct-Entry and Post-Degree Beginning Practicum Orientation on January 11, 2021.
All BSW students must complete 700 hours.
Direct-Entry students will complete these hours 3 days a week, from September through April.
Post-Degree BSW students may begin the practicum in September or January and can complete their practicum by spending a minimum of two full 7-hour days to a maximum of five full 7-hour days per week.
It is important for students to note that while the Field Education Office strives to offer Post-Degree students flexibility in completing their placements hours, flexible placement opportunities such as block (4-5 placement days/week) and evening/weekend placements are limited. Therefore, it is highly recommended that students attempt to make arrangements to complete 3 placement days/week during regular daytime working hours.
A student can request to complete their practicum at their place of work. Students must submit a Work Placement Proposal to their Field Education Coordinator in addition to their online placement application by the specified deadline.
Please note that a work placement is not guaranteed. Certain criteria must be met and Work Placement Proposals are subject to approval by the Field Education Manager. Please refer to the practicum manual and contact your Field Education Coordinator for more information.
Students will be assigned a Faculty Advisor who will lead four Integrative Seminars throughout the placement. These seminars provide a forum for students to share practicum experiences and further reflect and integrate theory with practice. Seminars are mandatory and CANNOT BE included in placement hours.
Contact the Field Education Office
If you have any questions about practicum please contact a Field Education Office staff member.
Field Education Manager
416 317 1923
Field Education Coordinator
Field Education Coordinator
Field Education Program Assistant