Practicum in Co-Occurring Disorders

Applied Community Studies
Co-Occurring Disorders
Course Code
CODS 5240
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 6 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
30 1/9.3
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides opportunities for students to practice skills in selected sites under supervision. These sites may include current/past employment in which case the practicum will focus on specific roles not similar to current/past employment. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal and professional experience in the practicum and associated seminar.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Learning from experience is a characteristic of exceptional practitioners.
  • Practicum settings, specifically developed for working with co-occurring clients, create opportunities for students to refine their skills of reflection and adaptation in response to their practice experience.
  • 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 are crucial for effective practice.
  • Practitioners who regularly and accurately assess their performance and who set goals for their ongoing professional development are more likely to be effective in their work.
  • A well-developed personal philosophy of practice is a cornerstone of competent human service practice.
  • 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 actions.
  • Reflecting on and evaluating practicum experiences with clients, colleagues and mentors maximize field based learning experiences.
Methods Of Instruction
  • Seminar
  • Field practice
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Practice reports
  • Self-evaluation
  • Field assessment
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a range of professional skills (e.g., ethical behaviour, use of supervision, self-awareness, self-evaluation, working as a member of a team).
  2. Demonstrate work habits/accountability (e.g., completing work assignments in a timely manner, managing stress, maintaining energy and enthusiasm, demonstrating initiative and responsibility).
  3. Demonstrate administrative skills (e.g.,  reports, letters, use of computer, agency policy)
  4. Demonstrate basic knowledge of  the agency,  client population and community resources
    • demonstrate knowledge of specific issues affecting co-occurring clients of the agency (e.g., abuse, poverty, unemployment, etc.)
    • identify lifespan issues when working with clients and evidence age appropriate planning for treatment and support
    • understand and identify best practice approaches to treatment and support for individual clients and to facilitate access to these services
  5. Demonstrate interviewing and counselling skills
    • demonstrate ability to understand and utilize assessment tools
    • demonstrate versatility by changing personal style and language to meet the unique needs of individual clients and cultures
    • demonstrate advanced skills such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and work with families and in a group setting.
    • demonstrate skill and competency in engaging multiple-barrier clients in a treatment/support process
Textbook Materials





No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU CSWC 1175 (2.5) 2007/09/01 to 2019/08/31
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit 2007/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU PSYC 3XX (3) 2007/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) No credit 2007/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit 2007/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.