The Role of Liaisons in Field Instruction

The liaison is part of the Field Team and serves as an important communication link between the School, agency and student.  The field liaison provides support to the field instructor at the agency and serves as a mentor to the student. Liaisons are assigned to agencies at the beginning of their field placements and continue working with the students and field instructors until the end of the school year. 

Field liaisons serve as the first contacts when challenges emerge in field.  Liaisons consist of social workers with years of supervisory experience in social work practice and faculty of the School of Social Welfare.  They are resources for students and field instructors throughout the duration of the field placement. They can be consulted on the development and review of performance evaluations, provide guidance on ethical dilemmas or assist in the development of learning agreements.  Liaisons contact the field instructor and student a minimum of once per semester, but can be contacted at any time during the field assignment. 

Field Team Rubric



Field Instructor





Task Supervisor
(When Indicated)


Field Liaison




Field Education Team

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