GWL147 - Gerontology Field Work Seminar

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Subject Title
Gerontology Field Work Seminar

Subject Description
This seminar is an orientation to the expectations and demands of the gerontological social service worker field. Students learn the roles, principles, sensitivities, and ethics that guide the social service worker professions. The Ministry vocational learning outcomes and professional expectations will be introduced in this course in addition to an exploration of the health and social agencies that serve the geriatric community. Identifying the differences between residential and community placements settings in order to appropriately select field placements is an essential component of this course. The OCSWSSW Code of Ethics, several human rights codes and relevant legislation will be introduced in this course.This course emphasizes self-reflection on to assist your development as a helping professional.

Credit Status
One credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the roles that a social service worker performs in gerontological settings (cognitive, comprehension, synthesis)
  2. Identify the principles and ethics that guide social service work (knowledge, cognitive, analysis)
  3. Explain relevant legislation related to working with older adults (cognitive, comprehension)
  4. Research at least three social-health agencies that work with the elderly (Knowledge; Cognitive)
  5. Understand the service delivery system for older adults by selecting three potential placements in accordance with program processes for field placement, i.e. one long term care facility, one retirement home and one community agency which provides services and programs for seniors living at home.
  6. Develop a resume, cover letter and student placement preference form In preparation for an interview.
  7. Demonstrate organizational and time management skills by meeting all requirements for entering field placement including submissions of all required documentation, obtaining Vulnerable Sector screening, flu shot, TB test.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.