Curriculum Guideline

Practicum

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
No
Course Code
CYCC 1242
Descriptive
Practicum
Department
Child and Youth Care
Faculty
Applied Community Studies
Credits
4.50
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
PLAR
Yes
Semester Length
5 week block placement (full-time) or 15 weeks part-time
Max Class Size
24
Contact Hours
Seminar: 10 hours Clinical: 150 hours
Method Of Instruction
Seminar
Practicum
Methods Of Instruction
  • Seminar/Field practice
Course Description
This course provides opportunities for students to translate theory into practice. Students will practice skills 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 experiences offer students the chance to learn through observation, reflection, and practicing new skills, as well as to refine existing skills and give to the community.
  • Field experience also allows learners to demonstrate and enhance their abilities to problem solve, approach situations creatively, and to take responsibility for themselves as professionals.
  • Examining personal assumptions, biases and cultural awareness will allow the students to become good practitioners.
  • Receiving feedback from experienced and knowledgeable practitioners is crucial for good practice.
  • Reflecting on and evaluating practicum experiences with clients, colleagues and mentors increases learning and good practice.
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Professional Skills
    • Articulate personal strengths and set goals for learning
    • Establish cooperative and effective working relationships with colleagues
    • Seek and accept feedback from supervisors and coworkers
    • Demonstrate learning from feedback by changing workplace behaviours
    • Demonstrate ethical behaviour
    • Manage personal needs in relation to workplace and clients
    • Demonstrate mental and emotional well-being and self-care
    • Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with people from a different cultural background than your own
    • Articulate an understanding of the impact of colonization on Canada’s first peoples
  2. Work Habits/Accountability
    • Demonstrate an ability to complete tasks as assigned
    • Demonstrate an ability to cope with stress and time pressures
    • Demonstrate appropriate work habits
    • Demonstrate initiative and responsibility
  3. Cultural Programming
    • Participate in cultural programming
    • Examine the goals of the cultural programming and assess the effectiveness/li>
  4. Basic knowledge of Agency and Community Resources
    • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the agency, its values and mission statement, funding  source, programs, and organizational structure
    • Demonstrate an ability to explain which legislation affects the agency and the people it serves
    • Demonstrate knowledge of community resources and the referral process
    • Describe how the agency works with Aboriginal clients and communities in a culturally relevant way
  5. Client Skills
    • Assess and understand client needs from a holistic perspective
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the unique physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and  cultural needs of clients
    • Adapt personal style and language to meet the unique needs of individual clients
    • Demonstrate empathy and genuineness
    • Communicate effectively
    • Recognize and address personal biases and assumptions
    • Describe a crisis situation and discuss problem solving strategies to support resolution of the crisis
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Means of evaluation could include:

  • Practice reports
  • Written assignments
  • Self-evaluation
  • Field assessment

CYCC 1242 is a letter graded course.

Textbook Materials

No text required.

Prerequisites
Corequisites
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