This applied course builds on second and third semester courses and provides opportunities for students to practice skills in selected sites. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal and professional experiences in practicum and seminar.
The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Learning from experience is a characteristic of exemplary practitioners. Practicum settings create opportunities for students to refine their skills of reflection and adaptation in response to their practice experiences.
- Learning in a practicum setting provides opportunities to examine assumptions and to explore creative modes of inquiry that are not available in classroom settings.
- 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 effective in their work.
- A well developed personal philosophy of practice is a cornerstone of competent human service practice. A personal philosophy needs to be informed by and respond to practice experiences. Learning from previous practicums and class work are reflected in current philosophy and practices.
- Experience in the field setting allows learners to demonstrate and enhance their abilities to problem solve, be flexible, think creatively and take responsibility for their actions. Advanced practica provide the learner opportunities to demonstrate increased skills initiative.
- Reflecting on and evaluating practicum experiences with peers and mentors maximizes field based learning experiences.
Means of Assessment
This course uses the mastery grading system and will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:
- Self-assessment and reflection
- Mid-point and final interviews
- Demonstration of skills
- Oral and written presentations
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Practice at Application Level 3, i.e. conceptualizes; explains (interprets, infers, and reasons); interprets patterns & themes within contexts; takes initiative in many areas; demonstrates creatively; practices with minimal supervision; practices with occasional prompting guidance, in the following domains:
- Personal Accountability
- Practice ethically and accurately, assessing the quality of own performance
- Accurately evaluate own practice
- Pursue a professional development plan
- Apply personal and professional values to ethical practice
- Interpersonal Effectiveness & Leadership
- Communicate in a caring, respectful and clear manner
- Effectively communicate for various purposes and audiences
- Facilitate caring respectful interpersonal relationships
- Demonstrate individual leadership as a team member
- Theoretical Reasoning
- Think critically to construct plausible explanations for individual, family and community experiences
- Apply elements of critical thinking when problem solving
- Use theory to explain behaviour and guide actions
- Think creatively in response to individual needs
- Technical Competence
- Use a variety of strategies to contribute to self-reliance, interdependence and quality of life
- Promote wellness of self, others and community
- Build community presence, participation and contribution
- Strategically facilitate learning
- Advocate for individual rights and self determination
- Promote safety of self and others