Students participate in a 190-hour blended community service learning practicum to establish
linkages between human service knowledge, values, and skills. Students experience supervised
opportunities to demonstrate self-knowledge and self-awareness, professional integrity, and
positive working relationships in a human service agency. The focus is on the application of core
human service concepts and the recognition of the knowledge to practice relationship.
- Demonstrate self-knowledge and self-awareness in human service interactions and
- Demonstrate professional accountability and integrity in a human service practice
- Demonstrate professional conduct, boundaries, ethical behaviour, and a positive attitude
towards clients, peers, and the agency.
- Work collaboratively as a member of a team to promote project objectives.
- Demonstrate professional, effective communication skills with clients, agency personnel, and
- Provide examples self-knowledge and self-awareness as they occur within worker—service user
- Demonstrate respect for clients and an acceptance/understanding of differences in culture,
lifestyle, and beliefs.
- Achieve responsible self-care throughout the practicum.
- Lesson 1: Preparing for Social Services Worker Field Education
- Lesson 2: Entering the Field Agency and Developing a Field Learning Plan
- Lesson 3: Ethical Client-Centeredness
- Lesson 4: Addressing Diversity in Practice
- Lesson 5: Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution
- Lesson 6: Final Evaluation and Endings
Required text and materials
The following materials are required for this course:
- Fujishin, R. (2020). Natural bridges: A guide to interpersonal communication. (2nd
Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-0-367-18577-0
The following text would have been purchased in HUMS 1581. If students 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 email@example.com or
1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000
- O’Hara, A., Weber, Z., & Levine, K. (2016). Skills for human service practice: Working
with individuals, groups, and communities (2nd CDN ed.). Oxford University Press.
Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-0-19-901182-7
- 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: Orientation to Field Experience
|Assignment 2: Midpoint Evaluation
|Assignment 3: Interpersonal Communication
|Assignment 4: Final Field Evaluation
|Final Project: Media Presentation (Mandatory)
Please note that for this course to apply to the completion of your Social Service Worker
Certificate, you must obtain a C grade (60%), or higher, overall in the course.
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.