Field Education: BSW

What is practicum?

Practicum placements are an opportunity for students to gain work experience in the social work field under the supervision of an experienced professional. Placements are completed in a wide range of community and government agencies and can usually be done in your home community. Normally students complete a practicum in a single semester. We do, however, offer a two semester, part-time, option from September to April only. 

Contact

For General enquiries about practicum please contact our Field Education Assistant:

 

Pre-Requisites:


Students can choose the semester they wish to complete their practicum in; however, students are responsible for ensuring they have successfully completed their prerequisite courses prior to beginning their placements. (e.g. 311 and 312 must be done before starting SOCW 304 or 304A) Prerequisites, for your year of entry to the program, are listed in the UVic Academic Calendar

  • Students will complete two placements (350 hours per placement) over the course of their program. A practicum seminar is also required.
  • All BSW students are required to complete either a 3rd year practicum placement (SOCW 304) or a 3rd year Prior Learning Assessment (SOCW 304A). The Prior Learning Assessment is an option for students who already have at least two years of social work employment or volunteer experience.
  • All BSW students are also required to complete a 4th year practicum (SOCW 402, 404A or 404).
  • Child Welfare/Indigenous Child Welfare Specialization students need to complete a SOCW 404 (protection) or SOCW 404A (non-protection).
  • Availability of practicum placements differs depending on your area, access to qualified supervisors and time of year.

For questions about BSW pre-requisites, please contact
For questions about MSW pre-requisites, please contact

SOCW 304:


The School of Social Work requires BSW students to submit applications for SOCW 304 six months in advance. Students need to apply for SOCW 304 by the following deadlines:

September Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is March 1st

January Practicum Placements:
Application Deadline is July 1st

May Practicum Placements:
Application Deadline is November 1st

 

Steps for applying for Practicum

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a practicum in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual.
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum. (For PLA, please see SOCW 304A)
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application.

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a field education coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your field education coordinator about the process for successfully securing a practicum placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest of learning the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register for your practicum.

SOCW 304A (Prior Learning Assessment):


The PLA application process is under review - new information will be posted by November 15th, 2019.

 

 

 

SOCW 402:


The School of Social Work requires BSW students to submit applications for SOCW 402 six months in advance. Students need to apply for SOCW 402 by the following deadlines:

September Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is March 1st

January Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is July 1st

May Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is November 1st

Steps for applying for Practicum

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a practicum in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a field education coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your field education coordinator about the process for successfully securing a practicum placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest of learning the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register for your practicum.

SOCW 404/404A and Health Authority Placement:


The School of Social Work requires BSW students to submit applications for SOCW 404/404A eight months in advance. Students need to apply for SOCW 404/404A or Health Authority Placement by the following deadlines:

September Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is January 1st

January Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is May 1st

May Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is September 1st


Steps for applying for Practicum

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a practicum in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a field education coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your field education coordinator about the process for successfully securing a practicum placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest of learning the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register for your practicum.

International Placements:


The School of Social Work permits international practicum placements for 4th year BSW and MSW students only. The process of securing and confirming international placements can be challenging, and as such, we require applications to be submitted twelve months in advance. Students need to apply for their international placements by the following deadlines:

September Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is September 1st

January Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is January 1st

May Practicum Placements: Application Deadline is May 1st


Note:
As we are an English speaking university, the practicum supervisor must be able to read, write, and speak in English.

Steps for applying for Practicum

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a practicum in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a field education coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your field education coordinator about the process for successfully securing a practicum placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest of learning the process and timing will look different.
  4. When registration opens you will be required to register for your practicum.