Newsletter for supervisors - October 2021

Posted on Friday, October 29, 2021


We would like to thank you for accepting to supervise a student this semester, without your help, our students would not have been able to complete their placements and their studies. The School of Social Work of the University of Ottawa appreciates your partnership. We hope you are staying healthy during these challenging times.

Most of activities at the University have been virtual since March 2020. Beginning this fall semester, there has been a progressive return to in person learning opportunities on campus. Some classes are offered in bi- modal format; a portion of the students is in class and the others participate in virtual mode. The professors are in class and teach simultaneously virtually and in person using various technologies. These changes require many adjustments and present challenges. We are hoping for a return to normal in person classes soon, the School of social work is planning full return to on campus classes for September 2022.

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Activities of the School of Social work:

Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) supervision workshops in English: 

  • The Art of Supervising Trainees is a collection of five “basic” and three “advanced” workshops. These stand-alone workshops are offered online, free of charge. They were first introduced as part of a training and research project led by the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS), an initiative supported by Health Canada. New updated content has been added this year. These workshops are intended for professionals who wish to perfect their knowledge and improve their skills in supervising students:
  • Supervision: An asset to my professional journey: In this training video of 20 minutes on the important role of health professionals in clinical training, you will explore aspects that highlight the benefits of supervising students, as well as several potential solutions to alleviate some of the challenges related to supervision:
  • Recognition ProgramSupervisors' Contribution to the Academic Community (ÉCCU): This program aims to highlight your contribution to the academic community by awarding you ECCUs (Equivalencies for Contributions to Colleges and Universities) based on activities you choose to participate in.
    When you participate in supervisory and training activities, you may collect ECCUs. Some of the benefits associated with attaining each of the formal titles are:
       -Certificate attesting the title achieved, and related privileges;
       -Opportunity to take part in an evening of recognition, where honorary plaques are awarded;
       -Article published in the National Review: Mastering the Art of Supervision, highlighting the accomplishments of Master Field placement supervisors;
    For more information and to register,

Interesting resources:

  • New Government of Canada website for Mental Health and Substance Use Support:
  • Institut Universitaire Sherpa: Understanding the intercultural training and resource needs of mental health professionals to inform the development of an interactive web-delivered cultural competence roadmap toolkit:
  • Remote Field Instructor Module offered by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.
    In recognition of the critical role that field instructors play in the education of social work students, this online module addresses how to provide field instruction to social work students remotely:
  • Online course for Field placement supervisors
    We are pleased to announce the 1st session of the online course offered by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education.
    This course is designed specifically for supervisors of social work internships. It is intended to provide you with a solid foundation on which you can rely for supervising students. There are 9 modules and depending on your pace, it will take you about 10 hours in total to complete all the modules. Given time constraints and the many professional and personal commitments of supervisors, CASWE has made the course as concise and attractive as possible. The course will be open from November 1st to December 31st. You must contact Jacynthe Mayer, Senior Field Placement and Education coordinator at Ottawa U. to register. The maximum number of participants who can register for the course per session is 1,000. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

News from the School of Social work: The purpose of this section is to inform you of some news and to introduce briefly some of the School's working committees. If you are interested to join or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please note that some other committees have had to pause their activities due to the pandemic.

  1. New professor at the School:

    Cyndy Wylde joined the team in the spring of 2021. She is from the Pikogan community located in the northeast of Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Cyndy is Anicinape and Atikamekw. She has studied criminology, addictions, mental health and is interested in the issues and realities of Indigenous peoples. For more than 25 years, she has worked with the Correctional Service of Canada, specifically in Aboriginal Initiatives. Until March 2019, she was a member of the research team of the Commission of Inquiry into Aboriginal Relations; listening, reconciliation and progress (CERP), as an expert for the public service of the Quebec Correctional Services. She has also been a political advisor to the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) and a consultant on various Indigenous issues.

  2. New microprogram in Aging Studies:

    This 9-credit undergraduate aging studies microprogram will allow you to distinguish yourself in the job market or in research. It aims for students to acquire knowledge and skills in health and social services related to aging. The program includes a community involvement course in community services for the elderly, therefore consolidating practical and theoretical learning. The microprogram is intended for those (students enrolled in a program at the University of Ottawa, holders of a high school diploma for at least two years, college diploma holders, volunteers, stakeholders and experienced public servants) who wish to improve their knowledge in studies on aging. To facilitate access to the program, some courses are offered in the late afternoon or evening; some courses could also be offered online. This program is available in English and in French. For more information:

  3. Cercle Kinistòtàdimin Circle:


    a. Develop partnerships between the School of Social Work and Indigenous individuals, communities and organizations

    b. Identify the various institutional structures, Indigenous studies programs, and culturally safe practices developed within Canadian universities for Indigenous students

    c. Propose to the 1st and 2nd cycle study committees ways to respond to the recommendations of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action (2015) and the Principles put forward by Universities Canada regarding developing more inclusive indigenous content (autochtonisation) in social work curriculum

    d. Explore the development of an Indigenous studies program in social work

    e. Report to the Assembly on its work and table any proposed program changes to the Undergraduate Studies Committee or the Higher Education Committee

    f. Create internship opportunities for our students

  4. Wellness Committee (Comité Bien-être):

    Main objective: to promote mutual aid between the students of the School of Social Work (to develop a student mutual aid community in social work). 

      a. Create internship opportunities for our students

      b. Maintain relationships between community professionals (graduates and/or internship supervisors) and the School

      c. Support the School's students in their immediate needs for assistance

      d. Direct to relevant resources inside and outside the University of Ottawa

      e. Encourage the collectivization of  problems encountered by the School's students and develop strategies to defend their rights

      f. Develop and distribute a well-being questionnaire for our students.

  5. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee:

    A sub-committee is working to prepare a brochure for students and field placement supervisors.

    At the organizational level, Professor Boulou Ebanda de B'béri will be the University of Ottawa's first-ever Special Advisor on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence.

Important dates for internships:

Field placement coordinators will be in contact with you a few months before each of these internships to ask if you would agree to supervise a student.

Timing of placement process
Internship duration
Bachelor: 1st internship (in 3rd year)
October to December
January to April
Annie Mercier
Bachelor: 2nd internship (in 4th year)
March to August
September to December
Annie Mercier
Master: 1st internship (in 1st year)
January to April
May to July
Jacynthe Mayer
Master: 2nd internship (in 4th year)
September to December
January to April
Jacynthe Mayer

Jacynthe Mayer

Senior Field Placement and Education Coordinator

Annie Mercier

Field Placement and Education Coordinator 

Monique Gibbens

Project coordinator(CNFS)


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