GWL347 - Integrative Field Work Seminar

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Subject Title
Integrative Field Work Seminar

Subject Description
This subject continues to integrate the student?s fieldwork experience and academic studies with a focus on mental health and wellness issues related to aging. This seminar is a progressive learning experience for students supporting their placement experience with weekly online debriefing activities, constructive peer feedback, course work, and aging related skills in the industry. Assessment, identification, interventions and contemporary treatment options for older adults with mental health issues will be explored and practiced in the field. In addition, risk assessment and interventions to lower risk will be identified and practiced. An overview of the DSM5 as it relates to older adults will be provided and applied to the GWL357 fieldwork experience. A particular focus on the impact of pandemics on this population, living and dying in isolation and the COVID-19 related trauma experienced by this population and their caregivers will be discussed.  Placement/adjustment trauma and isolation trauma will be covered in this course along with marginalization of specific populations. This course is designed to build on continued agency field skills in a variety of areas including but, not limited to; team building, networking, interviewing and assessment, service coordination, identifying needs and gaps in care for the elderly and their caregivers, effective leadership skills, self-reflection and awareness, the giving and receiving of feedback, self-care and time management skills. This program recognizes and practices from empowerment, anti-oppressive, inclusive, and harm reduction frameworks.

Credit Status
One credit

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

  1. Integrate contemporary theoretical perspectives on aging and mental health in their field placement experience using reflective professional journaling and a summative portfolio.
  2. Identify common mental health issues that affect older adults and apply them to their fieldwork.
  3. identify current evidence-based interventions and treatments with older adults with mental health issues through a variety of online activities.
  4. Develop advanced self-reflection skills through the use of self-analytical writing, reflective journaling, peer feedback, and group debriefing activities.
  5. Apply independent adult-learning skills including progressive levels of leadership and initiative-taking behaviours.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to work within the professional boundaries of the OCSWSSW scope of practice through debriefing group activities, learning contract goals, and progressive performance evaluations in the field.
  7. Develop problem-solving skills related to professional issues in a multidisciplinary or team setting and interpersonal communications evaluated in the classroom and field settings through reflective journaling and progressive field evaluations.
  8. Perform a variety of mental health and wellness assessments and referrals on older adults to identify (not diagnose) possible mood disorders and other mental health issues using standardized tools in the field i.e. Geriatric Depression Scale, Geriatric Anxiety Scale, Pain Scales, Aging Addiction and Substance dependency tools, the DSM5, Sexuality Assessment, and the MDS to identify mental health and wellness levels for individual care planning.
  9. Identify COVID19-related trauma issues resulting from isolation protocols and provide resources to support the client and family impacted by pandemics e.g. influenza and COVID-19.

Note:  At the beginning of each seminar class there will be a 60-minute period of debriefing from placement experiences in small group settings guided by the weekly topics, followed by 60 minutes to complete an online blog. The content portion of the seminar can be found in the weekly modules which will run asynchronously. The third hour of each seminar will be reserved for GPA certifications which will occur at least twice during this semester. This is an online full-day 8hr certification workshop and it is mandatory. Students may sign up for the course in the first and second seminar classes. Payment can be made during the sign-up opportunities ($60 includes book, training and certification). There will be two opportunities in the fall semester to attend GPA. If you have your GPA certification within this past year you may be exempt with proof. Students can also take this course online through for approx. $99.

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