Office of the Registrar
School of Social Work (2017/2018)
4.2 Social Work Practica
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.