- On-Site Practice and Guidance
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 practicum’s 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.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Practice at Application level 3, i.e.,
- Explains, interprets, infers, reasons
- Interprets patterns & themes within contexts
- Takes initiative in many areas
- Demonstrates creatively
- Practices with minimal supervision
- Practices with occasional prompting guidance
- Personal Accountability
- Practice ethically and accurately assesses the quality of own performance
- Accurately evaluates own practice
- Pursues a professional development plan
- Applies personal and professional values to ethical practice
- Interpersonal Effectiveness & Leadership
- Communicate in a caring, respectful and clear manner
- Effectively communicates for various purposes and audiences
- Facilitates caring respectful interpersonal relationships
- Demonstrates individual leadership as a team member
- Theoretical Reasoning
- Think critically to construct plausible explanations for individual, family and community experiences
- Applies elements of critical thinking when problem solving
- Uses theory to explain behaviour and guide actions
- Thinks creatively in response to individual needs
- Technical Competence
- Use a variety of strategies to contribute to self-reliance, interdependence and quality of life
- Promotes wellness of self, others and community
- Builds community presence, participation and contribution
- Strategically facilitates learning
- Advocates for individual rights and self determination
- Promotes safety of self and others
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:
- Mid-Point and Final Interviews
- Oral and written presentations
This is a mastery course