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First Steps Fieldwork

First Steps Wellness Centre (FSWC) offers students in kinesiology or related fields the opportunity to participate in a fieldwork semester where students are provided practical, hands-on experience working with clients that have varying levels of spinal cord injuries or associated disorders. As an organization, our purpose is to educate our clients, community, professionals, and future professionals with the leading research, methods, and recovery techniques used to work with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and associated disorders.
FSWC aims to provide prospective applicants with the following:
  • Safe transfer & lifting techniques
  • Learning about the theory and methods behind the Dardzinski method
  • Learning about specialized equipment used at FSWC
  • Why exercise-based methods may lead to recovery
  • Published research pertaining to improved function in SCI & associated disorders
  • What being a non-profit & charitable organization entails
  • How to carry out an exercise plan for our clients
  • How to plan a session with a client based on their goals
FSWC has the following expectations of students during their fieldwork:
  • Learn and be comfortable doing transfers/lifts involving people with a disability
  • Be active both with suggestions, ideas, and participating in client’s sessions
  • Assist, carry out, and eventually develop exercise prescription for people with a SCI
  • Be aware of the current research regarding exercise as a functional recovery option for people with a SCI and associated disorders
  • Participate in activities that FSWC supports, such as fundraisers, support of clients, wheelchair athletics, etc.

Here are testimonials from previous fieldwork students:

This experience has not only substantially contributed to my professional knowledge but has given me the opportunity to undergo valuable personal growth. The ability to create a genuine bond with the clientele at FSWC has undoubtedly been the most.

Jamie Prisciak

Being able to work so closely and independently with clients was one of the best parts of completing my fieldwork at First Steps, as it gave a realistic taste of what it would be like to work as a therapist and use my degree regarding therapy for neuromuscular conditions.

James Hill

Doing my fieldwork placement at First Steps Wellness Centre was the most valuable portion of my undergrad degree. It allowed me to take what I learned in class and apply it to real work situations. Not only did First Steps put me in positions to further my education,

Matthew Lueck

My fieldwork placement at First Steps Wellness Centre was by far the most rewarding part of my degree. First Steps gave me the opportunity to build upon the information I had learned in the classroom, and apply it to a unique population of clients. Their knowledge of

Adam Benjamin
    If you are interested in completing your fieldwork requirements at First Steps Wellness Centre Regina, please contact Taylor Halvorson: taylorh@fswcregina.ca. If you are interested in completing your fieldwork requirements at First Steps Wellness Centre Winnipeg, please contact

    First Steps Wellness Centre

    First Steps Wellness Centre (FSWC) is a non-profit organization with charitable status. We opened our doors in 2010 and have become the leading facility in Canada for spinal cord injury and neurorehabilitation. We provide innovative activity-based therapy (ABT) for people with spinal cord injuries and associated disorders.

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