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SSWD 220 - Practicum and Seminar
Students will demonstrate human service worker competency in knowledge, skills and values through the integration of seminar concepts in a practicum setting. During the practicum placement students will develop and apply their skills as helping professionals by directly engaging in supervised practice work. Individualized learning goals and objectives will be developed to suit the students’ personal interests and learning needs. 

Credits:  3  

Hours: 200 (Lecture Hours 20; Practicum Hours 180) 

Total Weeks:  15

SSWD 110 Introduction to Human Service Work, SSWD 120 Ethics and Practice, SSWD 210 Methods of Intervention and Practice Areas

In addition, students must have an overall program GPA of 2.33, or permission of instructor.


Non-Course Prerequisites:



Course Content:
- Overview of practicum expectations
- Reflective journal writing
- Student practicum readiness
- Orientation to agency, mandate, programs and team member roles
- Discussion of student roles in a practicum setting
- Confidentiality and personal boundaries
- Assess personal learning goals & evaluation
- File documentation
- Safety
- Ethical practice
- Client assessment
- Review student challenges in the helper role
- Self-care in a helping profession
- Issues of supervision in practicum

- Termination


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful competition of this course students will be able to achieve competency in the following areas:
- Describe the role of each team member in the practicum agency
- Explain the student role and specific duties in the practicum placement
- Recognize personal feelings about initial client contact at the placement
- Illustrate a therapeutic use of self in a helping relationship
- Demonstrate effective communication and conflict resolution skills
- Evaluate and assess their progress towards obtaining personal learning goals
- Demonstrate effective work habits and responsible behavior towards clients, peers and the community
- Demonstrate an ability to constructively analyze their own practice
- Apply the British Columbia Social Work Code of Ethics in a practice setting

Grading System: Pass/Fail

Passing Grade: Pass


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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