TFEL is leading a national study to inform the development of sustainable field education models starting in 2020. The study includes a survey on the state of field education in Canada, interviews on promising and wise practices in field education, and dialogue circles with students.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for social work field education, but also new opportunities. The TFEL project is conducting national surveys on the impact of COVID-19 from the perspectives of students and field instructors.
The Interviewing on Promising and Wise Practices team is collecting interviews from multiple regions across Canada. Promising practices are approaches that show potential for enhancing social work field education. Wise practices are considered approaches that are locally relevant to diverse Indigenous groups and can be implemented in field education. Interviews are being conducted with field education professionals, each of whom has shared promising and wise practices they have encountered in their field education practice. Each region is completing a regionally-specific coding process of each interview, outlining the key themes from participants. The Interviewing project will provide ample knowledge about current promising and wise practices that can we can further implement to transform field education.
Topics of interest include: (1) Field instructor recruitment and retention; (2) Indigenous and anti-colonial field education; (3) Interprofessional practice; (4) International field education; (5) Service user placements; (6) Research-based practica; (7) Field supervision models; (8) Use of technology/simulation; and others.
The working group leading this Stream includes:
Uzo Anucha (York), Marion Bogo (UT), Grant Charles (UBC), Natalie Clark (TRU), Julie Drolet (UC), Sheri McConnell (MU), Eileen McKee (UT), David Nicholas (UC), Michelle Reid (NVIT), Tamara Sussman (McGill), Christine Walsh (UC)
Stream 2 Updates – April
Surveys & Participation
- Are you involved in field education? Do you want your voice to be heard? We want to hear from you! The TFEL partnership has launched a national survey on the perceptions of challenges in social work field education in Canada. If you are a student (BSW, MSW), field director, coordinator, and faculty liaison involved in social work field education in Canada, we invite you to complete our 10-minute online survey! If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (REB19-0901)
- The Student Voices in the Field Education Landscape Webinar was held on March 29, and focused on the findings from a series of dialogue circles in which Social Work students from across Canada came together to discuss the current challenges and ideas for changes within field education. The Zoom recording and PowerPoint are available below.
Webinar: Student Voices in the Field Education Landscape
Webinar: Anti-Indigenous Racism in the British Columbia Health Care System
This webinar presented findings on British Columbia’s Addressing Racism Review inquiry, with a specific focus upon the implications for social work. The inquiry was an examination on BC health care workers, commissioned by the BC Minister of Health, on instances of health care workers guessing the blood alcohol levels of Indigenous patients. This webinar took an in-depth look at Anti-Indigenous Racism in the British Columbia Health Care System and its implications for Social Work.
State of Social Work Field Education
2020 National Survey Report
This is a study designed to provide an assessment of the current state of social work field education in Canada by examining the structure and delivery of field education programs, field resources, and staff. The report details all of the findings from the study, and the infographic visually summarizes the key findings from the report.
This webinar was a presentation highlighting the results of the 2020 National Survey Report.
Impacts of COVID-19 on Field Education
Canadian Social Work Student Experiences in Field Education During COVID-19
This infographic visually showcases the experiences and key takeaways of research performed on Canadian social work students in field research during COVID-19.
Symposium – Social Work and COVID-19
The symposium featured a presentation on the results of a National Survey on the Impacts of COVID-19 on Field Education: Perspectives of Students, and a panel presentation and discussion on how COVID-19 has impacted social work practice and field education.