Course Code: SSW 157
Academic Year: 2020-2021
Students will be placed in a social services agency to observe and acquire practice-based experience. They will work under the direct supervision of a professional staff person, have the opportunity to observe social services procedures and practices and take part in serving clients with direction from agency staff. Students will also be expected to maintain a record of their placement activities through the submission of a field contract, time sheets and other documentation. During seminar classes, students will integrate learning acquired from academic courses with practical experiences in the field. A range of topics discussed will include, but are not limited to, ethical and legal issues in social service, work practice relationships with peers, relationships with supervisors, discovering how a social service agency works, where the placement agency fits in the scheme of human services delivery; dealing with professional concerns and self-care issues; and how to separate personal beliefs from professional behaviour.