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Field Placements and Forms

Agency field instructors

The field component of social work education has consistently been reported to be one of the most rewarding experiences of the degree. Students interface with outstanding social service agencies and social work practitioners and clients in a real world setting and develop direct practice skills to prepare for career opportunities after graduation.

Many individuals throughout the municipality, province, and country contribute to the education of Social Work students through offering and supervising student placements. They represent a wide range of agencies and organizations including: community based, non-profit, government, physical/mental health and addiction prevention and treatment services. Their invaluable assistance is gratefully acknowledged and appreciated.

Field education

Students should note that the 0.5 credit field education course includes a field seminar and a field placement of 450 hours in an appropriate agency normally other than the student's place of employment. The Field education course is undertaken between January and end of June (on-campus) and between September and April (distance) concurrently with a bi-weekly field education seminar, which is online for distance students.

Placement agencies set their own criteria for accepting MSW student placements. For example, placements in physical and mental health typically require MSW students to have at least 2 years of direct social work experience.

Confirmation of field placements requires advanced planning as there is considerable coordination required for each student placement. Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted.

Field Placement Forms

MSW Campus Forms:

MSW Distance Forms:

MSW Agency Instructor Forms:

Field Placements are organized by the Field Education Coordinator at the School of Social Work:
Cyndi Hall

Field Education Coordinator
cyndi.hall@dal.ca
902-494-6354