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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and
- 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.
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
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
|Assignment 2: Micro Direct Practice
|Assignment 3: Applying Advocacy and Social Justice
|Assignment 4: Final Evaluation
|Final Project: Multimedia Presentation *
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.