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.

Objectives

  • 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 outline

  • 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 student@tru.ca 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.
    ISBN: 978-0-19-901182-7.

Additional requirements

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

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

Assessments

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 * 20%
Total 100%

*Mandatory

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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