- Field practice
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
Upon successful completion of this course, within the following content areas, the student will be able to:
- 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
- Administrative Skills:
- prepare accurate, objective, up-to-date file recordings, forms and letters, using appropriate terminology
- 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
- 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
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
- Field assessment
This course is graded Mastery/Non-mastery