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Practicum Staff & Faculty Roles

MSW Practicum Coordinator oversees Practicum Office and provides direction to practicum staff and Field Advisors.

Yumna Al-Adeimi
(519) 884-0710, ext. 5274

MSW Associate Practicum Co-ordinator assists with Practicum Office related functions including placing students. Works closely with agencies, practicum instructors, and students.

Nancy Schwindt
519-884-0710, ext. 5274

International Practicum Coordinator oversees International Practicum Program. Works with all students planning international practicum and collaborates with international agencies and universities.

Yumna Al-Adeimi
(519) 884-0710, ext. 5274

Practicum Assistant, provides administrative support to the practicum program.

Lauren Price (Acting Practicum Assistant)
(519) 884-0710, ext. 5269 &

Caroline Hissa (on leave until April 2017)
(519) 884-0710, ext. 5269 &

Practicum Instructors

The role of the Practicum Instructor in the education of social workers is crucial.  He or she teaches complex skills, models professional behaviours, and facilitates the growth and development of values and ethics in the intern.

Responsibilities include:

  • Cooperate with the Faculty with regard to educational content and educational methods in functioning as a teaching supervisor.
  • Cooperate with the Faculty and its practicum representatives in determining the kinds of assignments to be selected for intern practice, the size of the interns' practice load and the diversity of intern practice loads.
  • Conduct a regularly scheduled weekly meeting with each intern and to be available for unscheduled conferences as needed within available time.
  • Submit mid-term and final evaluation reports as requested by the Faculty.

Field Advisors

The Field Advisor provides a connection between campus and practicum learning for both the intern and the practicum setting.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist agencies and instructors to feel positively connected with the Faculty of Social Work.
  • Establish and maintain an atmosphere of trust, supportiveness and openness with instructor and intern.
  • Ensure early in the placement those practicum goals as required by the curriculum will be met.
  • Ensure that specific intern educational needs and/or problems in learning are being dealt with.
  • Provide relevant support for practicum instructors and other agency personnel
Please consult correspondence from the Practicum Office for the name of the Field Advisor assigned to your placement.