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Making the Most of Your Field Placement

Making the Most of Your Field Placement: Handbook for Human Services

By Siobhan Maclean, Rob Harrison, and Ronda Monahan

ISBN 13: 978-1-897160-67-1

Pub date: May 2014

Courses: Social Work | Social Work Theory | Social Work Practice

Making the Most of Your Field Placement is designed specifically to support student learning and development as a Social Service Worker, Developmental Service Worker, Child and Youth Worker, and other related human services professionals. The aim of this handbook is to serve as a reference guide and de-mystify the field placement process.

Completing a field placement entails linking theory to the practice required in the field. This straightforward and practical guide can be used by instructors to set up meaningful field placement experiences and by students as an easy reference guide at various points during their placement.

Making the Most of Your Field Placement satisfies the program learning outcomes that are required by The Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and includes the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice outlined by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).


Ronda Monahan adapted the UK edition of this book to fit with Canadian programs, practices, and standards. She has a BA in Sociology and a BSW from McMasters University and a MSW from McGill University. She has taught for over 15 years in Social Service Work, Mental Health and Addictions programs. Her clinical background includes developmental services, employment services, child welfare, forensic social work, medical social work, and more recently in crisis intervention in mental health and addictions.

Siobhan Maclean qualified as a social worker in 1990. She has worked in a variety of settings including children’s services, learning disability services and mental health services. She has been a foster caregiver, an approved social worker and a practice teacher. Siobhan now manages Kirwin Maclean Associates Limited. She acts as a researcher, trainer and consultant for a range of social care and social work organizations. Siobhan is the European Honorary Secretary for the International Federation of Social Workers.

Rob Harrison has worked in the voluntary sector since 1996. He completed his Practice Teaching Award in 2006 and has enjoyed acting as a Practice Assessor for several students, both on and off site. Rob has a particular interest in social work and practice learning in voluntary organizations and children’s services, and in making theory accessible and relevant for students and practice assessors.


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