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HUMS 2601: Human Service Field Education – Year 2

Students participate in a 190-hour supervised practicum at an agency, which delivers community-based services to children and youth, families and others in the community. The focus is on students demonstrating professional and ethical practice, appropriate and accountable professional decision-making; and reflexive practice. Students will explore the social justice factors affecting the service user population in the agency.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate use of the meta-competencies of self-knowledge, professional accountability and integrity, respect for diversity, ethical client-centeredness, and professional judgement and decision making in a conscious way in an agency setting.
  • Practice the use of the meta-competencies of reflexive practice and global social justice in an agency setting.
  • Demonstrate how to use theory to inform practice, and practice to inform theory through positive critical reflection.
  • Provide assessment, treatment, and evaluation services within a relationship between a human service worker and a client.
  • Provide social support to individuals and/or groups including relationship building, life skills instruction, employment support, tangible support including food and financial assistance, and information and referral services.
  • Receive feedback on a range of competencies in attitudes and values, knowledge, and skills areas relevant to the individual practicum.
  • Provide services in organizing and mobilizing community members and/or other professionals in the promotion of social change.
  • Develop, promote, implement, and evaluate social policies aimed at improving social conditions and equality.
  • Provide educational services to social service worker students.

Course topics

  • Lesson 1: Preparing for Human Service Worker Field Education
  • Lesson 2: Integration of Theory and Practice in Field Education
  • Lesson 3: Delivering Services in Micro Direct Practice
  • Lesson 4: Professional Judgement/Decision Making
  • Lesson 5: Advocacy and Social Justice
  • Lesson 6: Final Evaluation and Endings

Required text and materials

The following text would have been purchased in HUMS 1581. If students did not take HUMS1581 and/or don't already own the required textbook, please be aware that students will need to purchase it. To do so, please contact Enrolment Services at or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).

  1. O’Hara, A., Weber, Z., & Levine, K. (2016). Skills for human service practice: Working with individuals, groups, and communities (2nd Canadian ed.). Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-0-19-901182-7.

Additional requirements

The other resources that students need for this course are the following:

  • A computer with Internet access, and audio recording capacity
  • PowerPoint, Prezi, or other presentation software


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory project.

Assignment 1: Self-Assessment of Competencies and Professional Identity 20%
Assignment 2: Micro Direct Practice 15%
Assignment 3: Applying Advocacy and Social Justice 15%
Assignment 4: Final Evaluation 30%
Final Project: Multimedia Presentation (mandatory) 20%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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