The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Learning from experience is a characteristic of exceptional 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 biases.
- 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 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 maximizes field based learning experiences.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Professional Skills
- demonstrate ethical behaviour
- use supervision and colleagues effectively by seeking and accepting feedback
- demonstrate changes in performance asked on feedback
- evaluate and articulate personal strengths and set goals for development
- establish effective and professional working relationships with colleagues
- manage personal needs in relation to workplace and clients
- demonstrate mental and emotional well-being
- Work Habits/Accountability
- complete assigned workload
- deal with time and stress pressures (including keeping personal problems from affecting work)
- demonstrate appropriate work habits (punctuality, attendance, dress)
- maintain energy and enthusiasm
- demonstrate initiative and responsibility (i.e., learning, seeking out work during unstructured times)
- design, implement and evaluate a plan to address a difficulty currently
- Problem resolution
- design, implement and evaluate a plan to address a difficulty currently being experienced by an individual or group in your setting
- describe a crisis and discuss problem solving strategies to support resolution of the crisis
- specify the supports necessary for a client who has experienced abuse to resume a healthy developmental pathway.
- Basic Knowledge of Agency and Community Resources
- demonstrate basic knowledge of the agency, its history, philosophy, organizational structure, funding programs, and personnel
- demonstrate basic knowledge of legislation affecting the agency and the people it serves
- demonstrate knowledge of community resources and the referral process
- Interviewing & Counselling Skills
- be versatile by changing personal style and language to meet the unique needs of individual clients
- assess and understand client needs
- demonstrate genuineness
- communicate with clarity and precision
- use probing skills
- demonstrate assertiveness
- recognize and manage personal biases and assumptions
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
- Evaluation on this practicum is designed to produce a letter grade in accordance with Douglas College grading policy.
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