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.




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


Total Weeks:  15


SSWD 110, SSWD 120, and SSWD 210, or permission of the Chair


Non-Course Prerequisites:
Students must have a minimum program cumulative GPA of 2.33 (C+) to register for SSWD 220; students must have a current CRC filed with the Registrar's Office.




Course Content:
- Overview of practicum
- Journaling
- Starting the practicum
- Conflict resolution
- Student readiness
- Student roles in practicum
- File documentation
- Safety
- Harassment in the workplace
- Ethical practice
- Confidentiality I
- Issues of supervision
- Client assessment
- Practicum challenges
- Assess personal goals
- Stress & self-care
- Termination
- Self-reflection
- Evaluation
- Reflection and closure


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


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


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