Students are required to engage in direct service assignments and other learning tasks/experiences that can provide them with the opportunity to develop as beginning level generalist social workers. Within each semester of the Practicum, assignments are designed to enable students to meet the specific expectations identified as the behavioral and educational objectives of that semester, culminating in the acquisition of the six generalist practice competencies expected of graduates of the Program. In this way, the primary objective of integration of classroom and field learning is achieved.
To allow sufficient opportunity for the student to achieve the expected educational objectives of the Program, the agency is expected to provide learning activities from among the following assignments and experiences:
- A variety of service providing assignments, with different size client systems representing diverse populations, that require:
- A range of interventive modes and worker roles.
- Interactions with other agencies and resource systems.
- Professional teamwork, which may be interdisciplinary in nature.
- Access to information about the agency system, including administrative auspices and funding sources, organizational policies and procedures, formal and informal organizational structure, decision making processes, and service delivery statistics and outcome data.
- Observation of or participation in staff meetings, board meetings, and community meetings related to agency purpose, goals, and function.
- Observation of or participation in committee meetings of board or staff.
- Exposure to and involvement in agency research.
- Observation of or participation in meetings with representatives of other community agencies.
- Field visits to other agencies.
- Access to decision making processes within the agency in order to report on data collection and assessment and to make proposals and recommendations for enhancing agency service delivery and effectiveness in relation to community needs.
- Exposure to and participation in preparation for testimony and reports for presentation to legislative committees, administrators and boards of resource systems, resource allocation committees, and others, in order to influence decision making and allocation processes.