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School of Social Work (2016/2017)
4 Description of Programs

All courses of the School are designated by the abbreviation SCWK.

4.1 Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work is a full-time program that is offered as a first or a second degree program and is comprised of course work and two practica. The degree qualifies graduates for beginning professional practice in social work settings. The objectives of the liberal education aspect of the undergraduate program includes the achievement of: general knowledge of people and nature, analytical and critical thinking and communication skills and knowledge of social, political and economic impacts in society. The objectives of the undergraduate program are to prepare students to: promote social justice and social well being and creatively challenge oppression; acquire and apply knowledge, skills, values, professional ethics and critical thinking abilities; recognize limitations and strengths as a beginning social work practitioner; integrate reflexively critical self-awareness; assume leadership in collaboration and interdisciplinary practice; utilize and participate in innovative and traditional inquiry and research models; creatively practice with diverse individuals and collectives; promote and critique the social work profession on, regional, provincial, national and global levels; commit to the process of lifelong learning; participate collaboratively and respectfully in innovative teaching and learning processes; and address issues of transition and crisis in diverse contexts (individuals, families, groups, communities, formal organizations and society).

The aim of the program is to develop social workers with generically based skills for working with individuals, families, communities, and groups. Students receive an education which prepares them to work in urban centres and rural settings. A special emphasis is placed on the importance of identifying local needs and developing the means of meeting these needs in the context of available resources.

There is a Program Residency Requirement for both the First and Second Degree programs requiring students to take specific courses on the St. John's campus. Although the majority of courses are taught on-campus, selected courses are occasionally taught by distance format.

4.1.1 Social Work Practica
  • In addition to their course work, students are required to complete two supervised 350 hour practica which normally occur in Fall and Winter semesters. Students are expected to be available to engage in the practicum for 28 hours each week during the semester in which the practicum is scheduled.

  • Each practicum is to be conducted in a setting and supervised by a qualified field instructor approved by the Field Education Coordinators, in compliance with the CASWE Standards for Accreditation and the relevant provincial legislation governing the practice of social work. Field instructors must possess, as a minimum qualification, a Bachelor of Social Work and/or a Master of Social Work from an accredited social work program plus a minimum of two years post-degree social work employment. Qualifications will be assessed in the case of international practica.

  • Students normally are expected to be available for field practica throughout the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Field practica may be offered in whole or in part outside the normal start and end dates of a semester.

  • The Field Education Coordinators are responsible for facilitating appropriate matches among students, field instructors, and field practicum settings. Although consideration will be given to all factors affecting the location and type of practica, final approval of field practica rests with the Field Education Coordinators. Students who refuse a practicum deemed suitable by the Field Education Coordinators may be delayed in their program or prevented from completing their program of study.

  • Students are responsible for all costs associated with practica including travel, immunizations, police records/vulnerable sector checks and accommodation.

  • Students shall submit an application, including Student Brief Resume, to the Field Secretary in the preceding January for Fall semester field practica and the preceding April for Winter semester field practica.

  • Students shall complete agency specific requirements, such as Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Check, Child Protection Records Check, or Health Check, before starting the practicum. Students unable to meet the agency's requirements may be delayed in their program or prevented from completing their program of study. Students are required to complete and update these requirements in a timely fashion and at their own expense. The requirements and procedures of any given agency may change from time to time and are beyond the control of the University.

4.1.2 Field Practicum Preparation Seminars

In the semesters prior to their first practicum, students are required to participate in six field preparation seminars. These seminars review the field practicum requirements, aid students in writing resumes and preparing for interviews, and discuss ethics, professionalism, and respectful workplaces. Students who do not complete all six seminars may be delayed in starting their practicum.

4.1.3 Bachelor of Social Work Pledge of Professionalism Ceremony

In the Winter semester prior to their first practicum, students are required to participate in the Bachelor of Social Work Pledge of Professionalism Ceremony. Students who do not meet this requirement may be delayed in starting their practicum.