Throughout the year, the TFEL Partnership organizes a series of webinars and upcoming events on social work field education, training and mentorship. All webinars and events are recorded and the links to the recordings, as well as the PowerPoints will be posted below.

Meet the Authors Series

Dr. Kaltrina Kusari, March 7, 2023

The TFEL Project is pleased to announce a new “Meet the Author” series to discuss our recently published book “Transforming Social Work Field Education: New Insights from Practice Research and Scholarship”: https://press.ucalgary.ca/books/9781773854397/. Watch the first event of the series with Dr. Kaltrina Kusari (Sessional Instructor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary) who presented her book chapter “Field Education, Disability, and COVID-19: Navigating a Virtual World” on March 7th at 10 am MST

Dr. Wasif Alif, March 28, 2023

Watch the second event of the TEFL “Meet the Author” series with Dr. Wasif Alif (Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow & Sessional Instructor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary), who presented his book chapter “Advancing Community Development Field Placements in Pakistan: A Case Study on Community Drinking Water” on March 28th at 10 am MST.

Dr. Heather M. Boynton and Emma De Vynck, April 4 2023

Watch the third event of the TEFL “Meet the Author” series with Dr. Heather M. Boynton (Assistant professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary) and Emma De Vynck (MSW Graduate, University of Calgary) who presented their book chapter “Supporting Spiritual Competencies in Field Education and Practice” on April 4th at 10 am MST.

Ricardo Diego Suarez Rojas; April 13th, 2023

Watch the fourth event of the TEFL “Meet the Author” series with Ricardo Diego Suarez Rojas who presented his book chapter “How to Enhance Brain Potential in Fieldwork Education? The Multimodal Integration of Imagination and Trauma (MIIT) Framework” on April 13th at 10 am MST.

Margaret Janse van Rensburg and Christine Jenkins, May 16, 2023

Watch the fifth event of the TEFL “Meet the Author” series with  Margaret Janse van Rensburg and Christine Jenkins, who presented their book chapter “Using an Advocacy Practicum to Establish a Framework for Virtual Community Consultations in the Ottawa Adult Autism Community” on May 16 at 10 am MST.

Dr. Emmanuel Chilanga, September 28th, 2023

Watch the sixth event of the TEFL “Meet the Author” series with  Dr. Emmanuel Chilanga, who presented his book chapter “The Current State of Developmental Social Work Theory and Field Education in Africa: A Scoping Review” on September 28th, 2023.

Karen Lok Yi Wong October 12th, 2023

Watch the seventh event of the TEFL “Meet the Author” series with  Karen Lok Yi Wong, who presented her chapter on “Social Work Field Education Experience with Non-Social Work Field Supervisors in Community Senior Service Setting” on October 12th, 2023.

Previous Webinars


The TFEL Project hosted a webinar on March 21st, 8 am-10 am MDT, to discuss research findings on “The State of Social Work Field Education in Africa.” The final report is available on our website: https://tfelproject.com/tfel-resources-publications-and-reports/

Researchers presented the findings, and TFEL partners led a panel discussion to provide a commentary with Clement Dlamini (University of Eswatini), Adugna Abebe (University of Gondar), and Phyllis Muraguri (Association for Social Work Education in Kenya).

Facilitators: Dr. Julie Drolet (TFEL Project Director, University of Calgary), Dr. Jill Hanley (TFEL Co-Investigator, McGill University), Dr. Uzo Anucha (TFEL Co-Investigator, York University), Dr. Emmanuel Chilanga (TFEL Collaborator, University of Northern British Columbia), Godfrey Makoha (Ph.D. Candidate, McGill University), Kamal Khatiwada (TFEL Mentorship and Training Coordinator, University of Calgary), and Yassannah Nurudeen (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Calgary).

International Social Work Curriculum and Practicum; January 25, 2023

Presenters: Dr. Julie Drolet (TFEL Project Director, University of Calgary), Dr. Aamir Jamal (TFEL Collaborator, University of Calgary), Kamal Khatiwada (TFEL Training and Mentorship Coordinator, University of Calgary) and Eve Xeflide (TFEL Practicum Student, University of Calgary)

The webinar focused on the international social work curriculum and practicum. The facilitators shared key learnings from the international practicum training module and redesign of the graduate program in International Social Development (ISD) at the University of Calgary.

The State of Social Work Field Education in Africa; October 25, 2022

Presenters: Dr. Julie Drolet, (Project Director); Dr. Emmanuel Chilanga, (Assistant Professor); Dr. Jill Hanley (Professor); GodfreyMakoha (Ph.D. Student); MissaMvuezolo (MSW Practicum Student); Kamal Khatiwada (TFEL Training and Mentorship Coordinator).

Discussant: Clement Dlamini

This webinar discussed the findings from the State of Social Work Field Education in Africa survey. The survey was conducted to learn and understand the current context of the state of social work field education in Africa, including placement models, logistics, and resources, and to explore the perspectives, experiences and challenges from the field education coordinators and directors of social work education programs across Africa.​

Presenters: Evalyna Bogdan and Elaine Miller-Karas

Evalyna Bogdan is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. She and Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW and key developer of CRM, facilitated a workshop on the Community Resiliency Model© wellness skills developed by the Trauma Resource Institute to re-establish nervous system regulation after stress and trauma.

Presenter: Dr. Haorui Wu

Dr. Haorui Wu is a Canada Research Chair in Resilience at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He facilitated a workshop regarding building resilience in hazards and disaster research and practice. 

Social-Ecological Factors That Contribute to the Resiliency and Recovery of Children and Youth Who Experience Disaster; October 7, 2021

Presenter: Dr. Caroline McDonald-Harker

Dr. Caroline McDonald-Harker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Director for the Centre for Community Disaster Research at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. In her presentation, she discussed her research findings on child and youth resilience in disaster contexts.

22nd ICSD Biennial Conference – Social Work Field Education during COVID-19: Learnings for Social Development Agenda; July 13, 2021

Presenter: Dr. Vibha Kaushik

As presented by TFEL post-doctoral scholar, Dr. Vibha Kaushik, and co-authored by project director, Dr. Julie Drolet and co-investigator, Dr. Grant Charles, the findings of Social Work Field Education during COVID-19: Learnings for Social Development Agenda, were presented at the 22nd ICSD Biennial Conference. 

Social Work and Disaster (SWAD) Network Launch; June 22, 2021

Presenters: Dr. Lena Dominelli, Dr. Robin Ersing, Dr. Amy Fulton, Dr. Golam Mathbor, & Dr. Miriam Samuel

Hosted in partnership with the Transforming the Field Education Landscape (TFEL) Project, the SWAD Network launch featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Lena Dominelli, Chair of Social Work and Programme Director, Disaster Interventions and Humanitarian Aid, University of Stirling, Scotland, titled Green Social Work: Responding to the Challenges of COVID-19. This presentation was followed by a panel discussion on the role of social workers in disasters, with panelists, Dr. Robin Ersing (USA), Dr. Amy Fulton (Canada), Dr. Golam Mathbor (USA), Dr. Miriam Samuel (India) and a presentation from the network co-chairs on the research findings on disaster social work in Alberta.

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Integrating Practice Research into Social Work Field Education; June 3, 2021

Presenters: Sheri M. McConnell & Jill Hanley

Presented at the CASWE-ACFTS Conference, this presentation examines two questions. Do Canadian social work programs support and encourage BSW and MSW students in engaging in research projects and/or research activities during field practica? Do learning contracts (through learning objectives and activities) support the integration of research into social work field education?

Two student researchers – Melissa Noble (Memorial) and Vanessa Finley-Roy (McGill) reviewed the websites of CASWE-ACFTS accredited programs, which included 30 BSW programs and 23 MSW programs at 32 anglophone universities, and 11 BSW programs and 10 MSW programs at 11 francophone universities, alongside a concurrent review of French and English literature, to put together answers to those questions.

 CASW-ACTS Webinar on Spirituality and Social Work; May 18, 2021

TFEL Presenters: Heather Boynton, Fiona Edwards, Cassandra Hanrahan, and Indrani Margolin

Spirituality is a key component of the human experience and human identity. In this webinar, the panel of four members of the Canadian Society for Social Work and Spirituality will present an overview of the relevance of spirituality to social work practice. Heather will present about children’s spirituality. Fiona will talk about the impact of religiosity and spirituality in addressing the mental health experiences of youth from an Afro- Caribbean background. Indrani’s presentation will concern meditation and trauma-informed practice and research.

Cross-National Analysis of Social Work Field Education; April 21, 2021

Presenters: Tara Collins (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Calgary), Jeff Walsh (Ph.D. Student, McGill University), Ellen Mi (BSW student, University of Calgary)

Discussant: Marion Bogo (MSW, RSW, Professor, University of Toronto)

Host: Dr. Vibha Kaushik (PhD, University of Calgary)

This webinar was a discussion and comparison of the data regarding Canada and the U.S and their relative states of field education. Major themes of field education were looked at in a Canadian and American context, as well as existing placement models in field education, and the impacts of neoliberalism for Canada and the US in field education. The above was discussed in the context of what these findings mean for the future of field education.

Related Literature: Bogo, M., Sewell, K. M., Mohamud, F., & Kourgiantakis, T. (2020 Online). Social work field instruction: A scoping review. Social Work Educationhttps://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2020.1842868

Atlantic Canada Discoveries – Promising & Wise Practices in Field Education; April 15, 2021

Presenters: Amy Martin (BSW, RSW, MSW); Jamie Maher (BSW, RSW, MSW) & Sheri M. McConnell (MSW, PhD, RSW, Assistant Professor, Memorial University SSW)

This presentation described the results of ten interviews with field education coordinators and field instructors across Canada across Atlantic Canada, which is part of the TFEL national study on informing the development of sustainable field education models. 

Building Capacity from Within; April 8, 2021

Presenters: Eileen McKee (Assistant Dean, Field Education, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto); Dr. Sheri McConnell (Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Memorial University)

This webinar described the roles and benefits of being a field instructor; shared opportunities for skill development and enhancement, including an overview of the CASWE-ACFTS Online Field Instructors Course; explored models for mentoring social work students to become field instructors, and addressed systemic challenges and opportunities for advocacy and change.

Student Voices in the Field Education Landscape; March 29, 2021

Presenters: Monika Pakstas (MSW student, University of Calgary); Allison Iriye (MSW student, University of Calgary), Dr. David Nicholas (PhD, RSW, Professor, University of Calgary)

This webinar discussed the findings and themes 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.

A Meeting of the Minds: Mentorship & Leadership; March 23, 2021

PresentersJackie Fields (PhD, University of Calgary), Diana Adamo (MSW Candidate, University of Calgary), Beatrice Leja (MSW, BSW, Wilfrid Laurier University), Sarah Rienzo (4th year BSW student, Wilfrid Laurier University)

This webinar examined how mentorship can serve as the pathway to demonstrated leadership in social work education and field education.

The State of Field Education and Emerging Best Practices: A Scoping Review; March 11, 2020

Presenters: Marion Bogo (Professor, FSW University of Toronto) & Dr. Karen Sewell (Assistant Professor, SSW, Carleton University)

This webinar provided a scoping review of the contemporary evidence-basis of field education. Synthesizing the empirical literature (n = 99) provided them with an understanding of emerging trends and best practices that can guide field instructors and support schools of social work in strengthening field education. 

What is Social Work;  February 16th, 2021

Presenters: Cyndi Hall (Field Education Coordinator, SSW, Dalhousie University); Nancy Ross (Assistant Professor, SSW, Dalhousie University)

“What is Social Work?” was a webinar on a video documentary, with commentary. In this webinar, the presenters described the creative process they undertook in the creation of this documentary and discussed some of the emerging themes from the interviews and implications for field education.

Anti-Indigenous Racism in the British Columbia Health Care System;  February 11th, 2021 

Presenter: Dr. Grant Charles (Associate Professor, SSW, University of British Columbia)

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 of 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.

Research as Daily Practice; January 26th, 2021 

Presenters: Dr. Sally St. George (Professor, FSW, University of Calgary) / Dr. Dan Wulff (Professor, FSW University of Calgary)

In this webinar, presenters Dr. Sally St. George and Dr. Dan Wulff showcased their recent ideas on the distinction between practice and research and provided examples across many areas of social work practice for which this can be useful.

Near Peer Mentorship Program + Field Image Showcase – December 8, 2020

This webinar presented the structure and lessons of the Near Peer Mentorship Program, which aimed to foster the growth and talent of social work students in a new mentorship program. This webinar will also feature the Field Image Showcase, which was an opportunity for social work students to showcase a unique experience in practicum, course work or research activities. 

State of Social Work Field Education in Canada; December 8th, 2020

This webinar was a presentation of the results of the survey on the State of Social Work Field Education in Canada. 

The Role of Service Users in Social Work Education; November 25th, 2020

This webinar was a presentation on the findings of a literature review, conducted on the role of service users in social work education. A discussion was facilitated on how service users have the potential to transform field education, prepare students for practice and expand learning in social work.

Practice Research Module in Field Education; July 15th, 2020

This webinar highlighted practice research in social work field education. The topics of discussion included definitions of practice research, the integration of practice research in field education, and the understandings of practice research in diverse contexts.

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