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:
All students are required to complete two field placements in the BSW program, one in the third year and one in the fourth year. 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 placements require students to continually process the learning that is taking place.
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.
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 (third year placement):
SOWK430 (fourth year placement):
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.
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.
The 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.
A formal letter of request to Challenge SOWK 330 is submitted to the Field Education doordinator and is reviewed by the Field Education committee. If approved, students will submit a portfolio including written reflective learning papers, evaluations, and videos. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to further inquire about the SOWK 330 challenge process.
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.