Practicum III

Applied Community Studies
Community Social Service Work
Course Code
CSSW 2440
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides opportunities for students to build on their practice skills from Practicum I and Practicum II in selected sites under supervision. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.
Course Content

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

  • Practicum settings create opportunities for students to apply skills in a social service setting while benefiting from the expertise of skilled mentors in the field.
  • Students gain both insight and practice knowledge from field experiences.
  • Practitioners who regularly and accurately assess and reflect on 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.
  • Relationship is the foundation for effective interaction with colleagues, clients and groups
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

This course is graded Mastery/Non-mastery

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, within the following content areas, the student will be able to:

  1. Professional Skills:
    • demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour consistent with the Canadian Association of Social Worker’s Code of Ethics
    • establish effective, professional working relationships with practicum supervisors, agency staff, clients and colleagues
    • demonstrate ability to complete assigned workload in a timely and professional manner
    • demonstrate ability to deal with time and stress pressures with professionalism
  2. Administrative Skills:
    • prepare accurate, objective, up-to-date file recordings, forms and letters, using appropriate terminology
  3. Agency and Community Resources:
    • demonstrate knowledge of the agency and its strengths and limitations for meeting the needs of the clients it serves
    • analyze legislation and policies affecting the agency
    • identify specific community resources related to the agency and its mandate
    • explain and demonstrate best-practice strategies for making referrals
    • develop and implement a project or activity related to the needs of the agency’s clients
  4. Interviewing and Communication Skills (colleagues and clients):
    • conduct effective interviews with clients using skills differentially based on client need and context
    • communicate effectively with a wide range of clients and groups utilizing an empathic, problem-solving and strengths-based approach
    • demonstrate assertiveness, self-awareness and appropriate personal boundaries
    • selectively utilizes knowledge derived from evidenced-based practice
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
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

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