Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Field Education and Human Service Diploma Program

Field Education is provided to students in the Human Service diploma program through the field learning experiences in HUMS 1600 and HUMS 2600. There are many and diverse field placement opportunities available through our community partners who help in providing human service work education to students in our Human Service diploma. Practicum provides a real world look at the field of human service work, and many students identify their field experience as the most significant learning of their educational program.

Field education is a unique classroom setting that brings the student together with the field, the school and the community in a rich relationship where knowledge, skills and values can be questioned, enriched and integrated.

  • HUMS 1600 First Year Community Service Learning

    The Community Service Learning practicum is a model of field education/experiential learning that combines classroom learning with volunteer work in an agency. Community Service learning links real life experiences in the community to academic content. The primary goals of this practicum are:

    1. To contribute to the achievement of a community/organizational goal or project;
    2. For students to understand how their coursework relates to critical social issues;
    3. For students to both observe and utilize professional knowledge, skills and values “in action”.

    Some specific learning for students in this practicum includes the development of knowledge about:

    • specific social issues e.g. homelessness, poverty, mental health etc
    • understanding of agency operations
    • the development of team work and collaboration skills
    • theory practice integration
    • the acquisition of a range of professional human service skills.
  • HUMS 2600 Second Year Practicum

    This course involves a supervised practicum at an agency which delivers community-based services. Students will be additionally required to attend practicum seminars on campus during the semester. Additional workshops will be provided for students within the month of September prior to the formal start of practicum site hours. Students will complete 190 hours of practicum time. Refer to the TRU course calendar and the Human Service Program Student handbook for attendance regulations.

    Course Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this practicum course, students will be able to:

    1. Use theory to inform practice and practice to inform theory through positive critical reflection;
    2. Apply a normative developmental approach to assessment, intervention, and evaluation of client’s growth; nurture and support children, youth, individuals, families, self, and peers within the context of caring and respectful interpersonal relationships;
    3. Respect and encourage human diversity and unity within an inclusive environment;
    4. Apply effective behaviour management and intervention strategies covered in other Human Service course work;
    5. Integrate and apply knowledge, skills, and self-awareness covered in other CYC and HUMS course work;
    6. Demonstrate attainment of Human Service competencies as stated in the HUMS 2600 –Practicum Manual