Practicum

Practicum Deadlines
Canadian Practicum:
Mar. 1 Fall Practicum
Oct. 1 Winter Practicum
International Practicum:
Mar. 31 Fall Practicum
Jun. 30 Winter Practicum
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2019 Field Manual

Professional social work education involves the acquisition of knowledge and skills through academic study and through supervised practice, which is called practicum. In the BSW Program, students will complete two of these field education experiences in SW 348 & SW 448.

Practicum involves direct practice in social work agencies and other settings in which students are exposed to situations that call for their active engagement in a helping role. Students are also expected to carry a reduced workload, subject to close supervision by the agency.

Seminars are conducted to provide students with an additional source of theoretical learning related to the practicum experience. Opportunities to share learning are also provided to students through case presentation and the study of emerging practice issues amongst a group of peers experiencing practicum in different agency settings.

Academic Eligibility Requirements:

SW 348: Practicum I
Courses:  SW 100, SW 346, SW 390 and 6 other SW credit hours
GPA: 70% on the Social Work section of the BSW

SW 448: Practicum II
Courses:  SW 100, SW 202, SW 346, SW 347, SW 348, SW 350, SW 390, SW 421, SW 451, SW 460 and SW 469
GPA: 70% on the Social Work section of the BSW

*Students are required to have successfully completed the courses listed prior to enrolling in practicum.
** Students must have a minimum grade point average of 70% in the Social Work section of their BSW.

Practicum Placement Process

Students who are ready to enter the practicum stage of the BSW are required to attend a practicum information session as the first of many important components in the placement planning process. Sessions are offered in September for winter placements, and January for fall placements.  Upcoming session dates and times are posted to the events calendar on our website. During each session, information regarding academic eligibility requirements, student responsibilities and deadlines will be provided. Students unable to attend must contact their Practicum Placement Coordinator (PPC) prior to the application deadline.

Those students who have met the academic eligibility requirements, as confirmed by the PPC, will be expected to prepare three documents in preparation for an interview with the PPC:

  • Placement planning document;
  • Updated resume;
  • Cover letter.

Following the interview stage, a matching process will occur to determine the best possible fit between students and available placements. Students are placed into practica by a PPC. Students are asked not to independently pursue a practicum placement.

International Placements

International placement opportunities may be available to students enrolling in SW 448 (Practicum II). Students with an interest in an international placement for Practicum II (Major Practicum) will be required to complete an application and proposal outlining the details of their placement request. International practicum placements are unique experiences that require thorough pre-planning and goal setting on the part of the student and supervisors (local and international). The proposal must be submitted at least six months in advance of the placement start date to ensure that all relevant matters related to the placement have been addressed by the student.

Application Deadlines

*Please note that placements are not guaranteed simply by meeting the application deadline due to unpredictable placement availability.

Canadian Placements

  • March 1st for Fall term (September to December)
  • October 1st for Winter term (January to April)

International Placements

  • March 31st for Fall term (September to December)
  • June 30th for Winter term (January to April)

Placement Settings

Practicum placements are available in a diverse range of practice settings, including direct practice, policy, community development, and research.  Within these areas of practice students may be placed in government or community-based agencies, in locations throughout Saskatchewan and Canada, and across a variety of fields including health care, social services, education, and corrections. As part of the placement process, students will be guided through a series of steps aimed at identifying the types of placement settings that interest them, the geographic location(s) they are seeking, as well as the communities or populations that they hope to work with during their practicum placements.

Important!

  • Students are not permitted to register for any other courses during a full-time SW 448 practicum semester without written permission of the Associate Dean of Social Work.
  • All students must have a minimum GPA of 70% in the social work portion of the BSW program, and must have completed the prerequisite courses to be eligible for enrolment in SW 348 or SW 448.
  • Application for practicum placement must be completed by the deadlines listed above.
  • SW 448 may be attempted on a P/T basis over two semesters starting in the Fall semester only. Practicum enrolment limits are determined by the availability and suitability of placement settings.
  • SW 348 and SW 448 are offered in the Fall and Winter terms. Practicum is not offered in the Spring/Summer term unless a Faculty member has a special project. In those cases, students will be made aware at their placement interview that there may be an opportunity.
  • Students are required to participate in practicum workshops prior to commencing in their placements; details will be provided during the practicum information sessions.

Please contact your Field Education team for further information regarding practicum and the placement process.