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Field Placement

Apply your classroom learning to real-life work!

As part of any BSW program found in Canada, all students must successfully complete 700 hours of field placement directly related to their studies in social work with established professionals. The purpose is for students to demonstrate their competence to connect theory, skills, and knowledge from classes to the field as well as display an understanding of the professional core values, standards, and ethics of social work practice. Students complete their field placement in the final year of the BSW program.

We offer a variety of field placement settings to students

The School of Social Work acknowledges the educational and practice benefits of supporting a variety of field placement settings for students that reflect the diversity of social work practice in northern, rural, and Indigenous contexts. Field practicum settings may include social service organizations, community coalitions and/or projects, community development organizations, and various citizen participation, social policy, and clinical practice settings. Examples include: mental health, addictions, child welfare, counselling, non-profit sector, housing, youth shelter, food bank, hospital social work, school boards, legal clinic, culture-based programs, organizations supporting children with exceptionalities, domestic violence, etc.

Benefits for college graduates and people working in the social services field

College graduates of Social Service Worker, Indigenous Social Service Worker, or Child and Youth Care programs or prospective students who have the equivalent of 3 or more years of full-time work experience may be eligible for a reduction in their field placement hours.

Students are well supported and have high employability after graduation

Algoma University’s BSW program benefits from having a high demand for social work students within organizations across the Algoma region. Graduates are eligible to be registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) professional organization. The BSW program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). The School of Social Work hosts information sessions for students planning to apply for their field placement and the Field Coordinator will support you through this process.