Field Education

Our goal is to provide learning opportunities that engage students in diverse direct and indirect practice activities that reflect principles of social justice, equality and respect for diversity.

Master of Social Work Degree

Bachelor of Social Work Degree

Social Services Diploma

Social Services Diploma: First Nations Option 

Aboriginal Culture and Language Support Diploma

Community Support Worker Certificate

Master of Social Work Placement Overview

The Master of Social Work program at the University of the Fraser Valley is an accredited program of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). The School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of the Fraser Valley adheres to the standards and requirements of theCASWE.

The intent of Field Education at the Master of Social Work level is to:

  • Build upon existing knowledge, theory, and practice to develop advanced practice
  • Engage in advanced critical thinking about service delivery and policy issues
  • Demonstrate professionalism and uphold the BCCSW Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Promote social justice
  • Seek opportunities to develop leadership skills
  • Critically reflect on one’s role in supervision

All students are required to complete one field placement over the last two semesters of the MSW program. Students are placed in an agency or community setting to integrate their classroom learning with practice based situations.The Field placement is an applied, practical course. Field placement requires students to continually process the learning that is taking place through reflective activities.

Important Considerations:

  • Acceptance into the MSW program does not guarantee the student a field placement.
  • Students who are on Academic Warning or Academic Probation or subject to academic or non-academic student conduct proceedings will not ordinarily be permitted to register in the field placement.
  • Social Work Students are expected to adhere to the Social Work Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and the SWHS Field Practice Guidelines while in their field placement.
  • Field placements typically take place Monday – Friday during regular agency hours and must take a minimum of 21 weeks to complete.  The School is not able to facilitate evening or weekend placements and students need to plan their commitments accordingly.
  • Sites have strict placement application processes in place. Students are not to contact agencies directly to set up a placement but can suggest potential placements to the Field Education Coordinator. 

Pre Placement Activities 

Attendance is required at pre-placement activities that take place in the semester before your placement. These activities can include but are not limited to interactive workshops, panels with professionals, and themed sessions designed to help you get the most out of your placement.

Field Placement Format

The MSW field placement is formatted as a concurrent model that runs over two semesters. Students are enrolled in an online seminar as part of their field placement. Participation in the online seminar, attendance at scheduled face to face sessions, and completion of assignments are required to receive credit for this course.

  • 450 hours over two semesters
  • 2 days per week
  • 21 week minimum to a 28 week maximum

The days of field placement are flexible and may be negotiated between the student and supervisor based on the student’s and supervisor/agency schedule. Students are to contact the Field Education Coordinator if variations to the concurrent model are requested.

Field Practice Guidelines and UFV Policies

Field Practice Guidelines and UFV Policies are in place to ensure student success, and provide support and guidance to students, Field Instructors, and Faculty Liaisons during the field placement. 

These resources provide a detailed description of student responsibilities in the field placement. Students are expected to read and understand the guidelines and policies prior to the field placement and refer to them throughout. Students will be asked to sign a form indicating they have read and understood the field placement guidelines and will be held accountable for any breaches.

MSW Field Placement Application Steps

Complete a criminal record check online through the Criminal Records Review Program.
*see note 1 for details

Each student is responsible for completing the online application and for providing the $28 payment.

The Field Education assistant will email the online link and access code to all students
Complete the MSW Field Placement Application form in the IPT database.

Each student will complete the online MSW Field Application form before their interview.

The Field Education Assistant will provide IPT login details.
Submit an up to date resume and cover letter to the Field Education Assistant.
*see note 2 for details
Each student will complete and submit an up to date resume and cover letter to bswmswfield@ufv.ca
Schedule an interview with the Field Education Coordinator.
*see note 3 for details
The Field Education Assistant will provide available interview dates and will coordinate the interview schedule.
 Attend Pre-Placement Activities
Pre-placement activities take place the semester before the placement.
 
Attendance is required at pre-placement activities and dates will be provided.

Note 1:                

  • This is not the same as a police detachment or RCMP record check. Record checks completed through these agencies are not accepted by the University.
  • With conditions The School will accept a shared letter of a valid record check completed through Criminal Records Review Program.
  • Students will not be placed with an agency until the School of Social Work and Human Services has received their clearance letter.

Note 2:

  • We cannot secure your placement without your cover letter and resume.

Note 3:

  • Interviews will be take place over the first semester of the MSW program.

Bachelor of Social Work Placement Overview

The Bachelor of Social program at the University of the Fraser Valley is an accredited program of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).  The School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of the Fraser Valley adheres to the standards and requirements of the CASWE.

The intent of Field Education is to:

  • Apply theory to practice skills
  • Learn to use supervision effectively
  • Practice self-reflection
  • Demonstrate professionalism and uphold the BCCSW Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Promote social justice
  • Develop a professional identity

All students are required to complete two field placements in the BSW program. Students are placed in an agency or community setting to integrate their classroom learning with practice based situations.  The Field placement is an applied, practical course. Field placement requires students to continually process the learning that is taking place.

Important Considerations:

  • Acceptance into the BSW program does not guarantee the student a field placement.
  • Students who are on Academic Warning or Academic Probation or subject to academic or non-academic student conduct proceedings will not ordinarily be permitted to register in the field placement.
  • Social Work Students are expected to adhere to the Social Work Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and the SWHS Field Practice Guidelines while in their field placement.
  • Placements are Monday-Friday, during field placement setting hours.  The School is not able to facilitate evening or weekend placements and students need to plan their commitments accordingly.
  • Recommendation is to take no more two courses alongside the field placement.
  • SOWK 430 must be completed in the last semester of your BSW program.
  • Sites have strict placement application processes in place. Students are not to contact agencies directly to set up a placement but can suggest potential placements to the Field Education Coordinator. 

Pre Placement Activities 

Attendance is required at pre-placement activities that take place in the semester before your placement. These activities can include but are not limited to interactive workshops, panels with professionals, and themed sessions designed to help you get the most out of your placement.

Field Placement Format

BSW field placements are set up as block placements that take place over one semester. Students are required to attend an integrated seminar on campus alongside the field placement. Attendance, participation, and completion of assignments are required to receive credit for the course.  Seminar hours are in addition to the hours completed in the field placement setting.

SOWK 330 (3rd year placement):

  • 315 placement hours
  • 3 days per week
  • 7 hours per day
  • 13 week minimum to a 15 week maximum

SOWK430 (4th year placement):

  • 420 placement hours
  • 4 days per week
  • 7 hours per day
  • 13 week minimum to a 15 week maximum

Field Practice Guidelines and UFV Policies

Field Practice Guidelines and UFV Policies are in place to ensure student success, and provide support and guidance to students, Field Instructors, and Faculty Liaisons during the field placement. 

These resources provide a detailed description of student responsibilities in the field placement. Students are expected to read and understand the guidelines and policies prior to the field placement and refer to them throughout. Students will be asked to sign a form indicating they have read and understood the field placement guidelines and will be held accountable for any breaches.

3rd and 4th year BSW Field Placement Process

Complete online criminal record check through the Criminal Records Review Program.
*see note 1 for details
Each student is responsible for completing the online application and for providing the $28 payment.
 
The Field Education assistant will email the online link and access code
Complete the BSW Field Placement Application form in the IPT database.
*See note 2 for details
Each student will complete the online BSW Field Application form before their interview.
The Field Education Assistant will provide IPT login details.
Submit an up to date resume and cover letter to the Field Education Assistant.
*see note 3 for details
Student will complete and submit an up to date resume and cover letter to bswmswfield@ufv.ca using the required templates provided by the School.
Schedule an interview with the Field Education Coordinator.
*see note 4 for details
The Field Education Assistant will provide available interview dates and coordinate the interview schedule.
Attend Pre-Placement Activities
Pre-placement activities take place the semester before the placement
 
Attendance is required at pre-placement activities and dates will be provided.

Note 1:                                

  • This is not the same as a police detachment or RCMP record check. Record checks completed through these agencies are not accepted by the University.   
  • Students will not be placed with an agency until the School of Social Work and Human Services has received their clearance letter from the Criminal Records Review Program.

Note 2:

  • Some agencies will only consider 4th year students for placement and require an additional application process.

Note 3:

  • We cannot secure your placement without your cover letter and resume.

Note 4:

  • Planning begins in the preceding summer semester for a placement in the winter semester.

Challenge SOWK 330

The School of Social Work and Human Services recognizes that some students bring with them rich experience in social work practice as they enter the Bachelor of Social Work degree program and have a process in place for prior learning assessment for students to receive credit if eligibility requirements are met.

School commits to working individually with BSW students to ensure their field placements meet their individual learning needs and build upon their existing knowledge, skills and experience.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A minimum of five years of full time, paid, and supervised social work experience is required.
  • Students must have received regular social work supervision during their full time paid social work experience. 
  • Students must have successfully completed all pre and co-requisites and have met a 2.67 GPA requirement (SOWK 300, SOWK 311, SOWK 320, SOWK 312, SOWK 392) to enroll and complete the SOWK 330 Challenge.
  • A student cannot challenge SOWK 330 with the same experience that the student used to challenge a related Diploma level practicum.
  • The 4th year or MSW placement is not eligible for prior learning assessment/challenge.

Process

A formal letter of request to Challenge SOWK 330 is submitted to the Field Education Coordinator and is reviewed by the Field Education Committee. If approved, students will submit a portfolio including written reflective learning papers, evaluations, and videos. Contact bswmswfield@ufv.ca to further inquire about the SOWK 330 Challenge process.

Prepare for the Licensure Exam and Registration

For details about the licensure exam and registration please visit the British Columbia College of Social Workers website. The website outlines the process for the exam and for registration.http://www.bccollegeofsocialworkers.ca/

Social Services Diploma Placement Overview

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Social Services Diploma: First Nations Option Placement Overview

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Aboriginal Culture and Language Support Diploma Placement Overview

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Community Support Worker Certificate Placement Overview

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UFV Policies

As a student at UFV it is your responsibility to read, understand and be aware of the many university policies that apply to you and your studies. Please take the time to carefully review and understand policy 70 Student Academic Misconduct and policy 204 Student Non-academic Misconduct. These policies deal directly with Academic and Personal Misconduct. They define plagiarism and cheating and outline the procedures and guidelines for dealing with these matters. Academic dishonesty and professional suitability are taken seriously by the School of Social Work and Human Services and the School firmly implements these policies. 

Other policies to read include:

  • 18 Discrimination,Bullying Harassment Prevention
  • 22 UFV Statement of Institutional Ethics
  • 57 Field Placement
  • 62  Attendance
  • 81  Course Withdraw
  • 92 Undergraduate Continuance
  • 93 Accommodation of Students with Disabilities
  • 217 Final Grade Appeals

The complete list of UFV policies can be found at http://www.ufv.ca/secretariat/policies/ 

Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Office

The University of the Fraser Valley is committed to providing an environment supportive of working, teaching, scholarship and research, and the fair treatment of all members of the University community. The basis for interaction among all members of the University is mutual respect, co-operation, and understanding.

Harassment of any kind violates fundamental rights, personal worth, and human dignity. All members of the University community are entitled to an atmosphere free of harassment while pursuing university-related activities. The Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Office provides confidential services to students, faculty, staff, and administrators at the University of the Fraser Valley, who seek advice, assessment, and assistance in the resolution of interpersonal conflicts between members of the University community.

The Office is responsible for ensuring that the University's Harassment Prevention Policy is enforced and that members of the University community comply with British Columbia's Human Rights Code.  The Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Office will assess complainants to determine whether their request falls within the jurisdiction of the Office and, if not, where they might be referred in order to address their concern. If the issue does fall within the jurisdiction of the Office, the Officer will offer services to assist the individual to seek redress for his or her concerns.


HRCRO can be found on line at http://www.ufv.ca/hrcro.htm

 

 

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