Are you a candidate for a field education placement with Foundry Kelowna?

Please read the following information about Foundry Kelowna. If you are interested in a field education placement with Foundry Kelowna, please indicate so on the Field Education Application Form. If you are uncertain if it’s the right fit for you, we encourage you to express your interest and allow the interview process to help guide your decision.

About Foundry Kelowna

New to Kelowna, Foundry Kelowna is a new service for youth (aged 12-24) and their families. Foundry Kelowna follows a ‘HUB model,’ where multiple services and agencies co-locate to provide one-stop services for youth and families. The services follow a stepped-care model of service approach so that presenting service users can receive the level of service they need, without referral in many cases.  The main area for care are related to mood/anxiety/distress, substance use and early psychosis – and follow an assessment, intervention and/or referral pathway.

What Students Must Consider

This assigned field education placement will be a team-based placement. There are two options to complete the Foundry Kelowna placement:

  1. September to April (multi-term, part-time), and
  2. May to August (Summer term, full time).

M.S.W. field education students assigned to Foundry Kelowna will be participating in walk-in counselling and service hours, as well as community and organizational development opportunities.

For a multi-term Foundry field education placement, students should expect to take three core classes and a required elective (specific to Foundry) in Winter Term 1 and one core course and one elective alongside their advanced integrative seminar in Winter Term 2. Any remaining elective courses will be taken in Summer Term. Students will establish a field schedule that allows them to be at Foundry Kelowna from 1-6 pm, 2-3 days per week.

Training is a specific requirement for a Foundry Kelowna placement and entails training on Step-Care Model, Brief Intervention, Suicide Risk and Substance Use, as well as a variety of clinical social work mental health skills that will be obtained in a special topics elective offered in the first two weeks of Winter Term 1 (i.e., September).  Concerns with these training dates should not dissuade students from expressing interest in a placement with Foundry Kelowna. This can be discussed during the interview process.

This is a team placement, which will require participation in some group supervision, debrief, and regular training in addition to direct supervision. Students will collaborate in a team environment whereby they both give and receive clinical feedback, through direct observation, shadowing and case note review. Students will be responsible for supporting the access clinicians with walk-in services. In addition, on a rotating basis, students will have the opportunity to gain community and organization development skills working alongside Foundry Kelowna’s executive director.

There is also an expectation that students will be able to arrange their schedule to prioritize being on-site during periods of high activity, typically afternoon and early evening. There is also the expectation that students would be able to be on-site during some statutory holidays, or other breaks when Foundry Kelowna is open for services different from the academic calendar, such as reading break or finals break.

Foundry Kelowna is a unique setting, in that M.S.W. students will make up the core of the service/clinical intervention provided, within a framework of supervision. Thus, it is incumbent upon the students to work closely with Foundry Staff and the Field Education Office to ensure no gaps in service exist. As with the Social Work Mental Health Clinic, students comprise the service team and are therefore required for the on-going provision of service, more specifically the walk-in service.