- On-Site Practice and Guidance
The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Learning from experience is a characteristic of exemplary practitioners. Practicum settings create opportunities for students to refine their skills of reflection and adaptation in response to their practice experience.
- Learning in a practicum setting provides opportunities to examine assumptions and to explore creative modes of inquiry that is not available in classroom settings.
- Field settings provide opportunities to synthesize personal and classroom experiences and create openings for new learning. Learners gain both insight and practice knowledge from field experiences.
- Observing, participating with, and receiving guidance from experienced practitioners is crucial for effective practice.
- Practitioners who regularly and accurately assess their performance and who set goals for their ongoing professional development is effective in their work.
- A well developed personal philosophy of practice is a cornerstone of competent human service practice. A personal philosophy needs to be informed by and respond to practice experiences.
- Experience in the field settings allows learners to demonstrate and enhance their abilities to problem solve, be flexible, think creatively and take responsibility for their action.
- Reflecting on and evaluation practicum experiences with peers and mentors maximizes field based learning experiences.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students are expected to meet the following program learning outcomes at “participation” level, i.e.:
- Explores, assists, understands, describes, categorizes, classifies, prioritizes
- Identifies patterns and themes
- Takes initiative in some areas
- Compares and contrasts alternatives
- Practices with moderate supervision
- Practices with clustered guidance
- Personal Accountability
- Practice ethically and accurately assesses the quality of own performance.
- Accurately evaluates own practice
- Pursues a professional development plan
- Applies personal and professional values to ethical practice
- Interpersonal Effectiveness and Leadership
- Communicate in a caring, respectful and clear manner.
- Effectively communicates for various purposes and audiences
- Facilitates caring and respectful interpersonal relationships
- Demonstrates individual leadership as a team member
- Theoretical Reasoning
- Think critically to construct plausible explanations for individual, family and community experiences.
- Applies elements of critical thinking when problem solving
- Uses theory to explain behaviour and guide actions
- Thinks creatively in response to individual needs
- Technical Competence
- Use a variety of strategies to contribute to self-reliance, interdependence and quality of
- Promotes wellness of self, others and community
- Builds community presence, participation and contribution
- Strategically facilitates learning
- Advocates for individual rights and self determination
- Promotes safety of self and others
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.
- Self Assessment
- Oral and Written Presentations
- Mid-point and Final Interviews