Field placement occurs under the supervision of agency staff and MacEwan’s field placement coordinator. Each of the field placements is accompanied by an integration seminar that provides an opportunity to link course learning with field experience. Taking the skills you have learned in the classroom and applying them to real life situations gives relevance and context to course work. You will have multiple opportunities during the course of the program to enjoy work experiences in a few of the following settings:
- Community programs
- Group care
- Residential care
- Community treatment programs
- Family support programs
- Foster care
Students are required to complete a placement in residential group care in either first or second year. You will spend 240 hours in field placement your first year, 480 hours in your second year, and 260 hours in your fourth year.
Fourth year placements require advanced fieldwork to apply and integrate course work completed in years three and four, and generally place more emphasis on developing leadership qualities. A wide variety of placement options are offered and these are typically tailored to meet the individual student's learning needs and goals.
Preparation for Field Placement
Many agencies require their employees to complete training in cultural awareness, crisis and suicide intervention, and safe physical restraint of youth in high-risk situations. You are recommended to access this training in preparation for fieldwork. You are also required to have a First Aid Certificate, Police Security Clearance, and Child and Family Services Intervention check. Contact the program for more information.