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SSWD 220 - Practicum and Seminar

Students will demonstrate Social 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 student's’ personal interests and learning needs.




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

Total Weeks:  15




Non-Course Prerequisites:
n particular, students must have a minimum program cumulative grade point average of 2.33 ("C+") to register for the SSWD 220 capstone practicum course.




Course Content:
Students will understand the following topics in a practice setting:
- 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 completion 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
- Describe 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
- Adhere to the British Columbia Social Work Code of Ethics in a practice setting
- Recognize boundary issues in the workplace

- Demonstrate the ability to critically think about Social Work theories and Practice


Grading System: Pass/Fail


Passing Grade: Pass


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


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