A needs assessment of supports and services available to master of social work students attending the University of Regina, Saskatoon campus
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This study used a qualitative research methodology and a needs assessment research design to assess the relevance and adequacy of supports and services accessible to Master of Social Work (MSW) students, attending the Saskatoon Campus (SC) at the University of Regina (U of R). Interviews were conducted with service providers to gather information about their experience providing supports and services to MSW students at the Saskatoon campus. A discussion was held with MSW students attending the Saskatoon campus, to gather information about their experience accessing services from the U of R. Data gathered from the interviews with service providers and MSW students were analyzed separately through a content thematic analysis. The themes developed from the service provider data were compared to themes developed from the focus group data. Comparison of data collected between these two participant samples revealed common themes between service provider data and MSW student data. The comparison of themes between the two samples identified both the strengths and the needs of supports and services provided to MSW students attending the SC. MSW student data, service provider data, and the combined data are depicted in a concept map to provide a visual representation of the data. MSW student data identified what support services were desired and the service provider data identified what was available. Differences between what was available and what was desired highlighted areas of need. These needs are depicted in a fishbone analysis that utilizes both service provider and MSW students’ data. Recommendations are provided for the Faculty of Social Work (FSW) at the U of R to consider as well as a comprehensive list of supports and services accessible to MSW students for future students.