To further strengthen and facilitate the process of learning in a field placement, Laurier's Faculty of Social Work assigns a field advisor for each instructor and student during the placement. The field advisor is an experienced social worker employed by the Faculty of Social Work. The field advisor provides a connection between campus and field for the student and placement setting. Each term the field advisor is assigned to a group of students placed at an agency.
Field advisor overall responsibilities include:
The field advisor meets virtually with both the field instructor and the student at the beginning of the placement. Instructors and students also reach out to the advisor for consultation on any matter pertaining to a student’s performance in the placement. At least one site meeting is required for each placement setting. These meetings are held via zoom or phone conferencing.
Field advisors initiate and implement field resolution procedure in situations where the field instructor has identified that the student is not meeting expectations. This procedure is also initiated to report any conflict that arises between a student and the field instructor, or when a student identifies learning issues or challenges within the placement. If issue is not resolved, the placement dissolution procedure may be initiated as per the recommendation of the agency, instructor, or field manager.