GWL347 - Integrative Field Work Seminar

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Subject Title
Integrative Field Work Seminar

Subject Description
This subject integrates the student?s fieldwork experience with his/her academic studies. Integrated seminar is a progressive learning experience for students supporting their placement experience with course work and skills.  This seminar focuses on the mental health and wellness issues that older adults experience on a lifespan continuum.  Intervention and contemporary treatment options will be explored. Risk assessments will be practiced.  An overview of the DSM5 as it relates to older adults will be provided and applied to the fieldwork experience. In addition, this course is designed to build on continued field skills in a variety of areas including but, not limited to; team building, networking, interviewing, service coordination, identifying needs and gaps in care for the elderly and their caregivers, effective leadership skills, self-care and time management skills. This program recognises and practices from an empowerment, anti-oppressive, inclusive, and harm reduction framework. 

Credit Status
1 + 1 credit for GWL357

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

  1. demonstrated the ability to integrate contemporary theoretical perspectives with older adults on mental health and wellness with field placement experience; (cognitive: synthesis)
  2. identified common mental health issues that affect older adults (cognitive; knowledge)
  3. identified current evidence-based interventions and treatments with older adults with mental health issues; (cognitive: knowledge)
  4. developed advanced self-reflection skills through the use of self-analytical writing; (cognitive: analysis) (affective: organization)
  5. demonstrated the ability to pursue independent, adult learning initiatives (affective: responding to phenomena)
  6. demonstrated the ability to work within the professional boundaries of the OCSWSSW scope of practice. (affective: internalizing values)
  7. demonstrated the ability to problem-solve professional issues in a multidisciplinary or team setting. (affective: internalizing values)
  8. demonstrated the ability to assess older adults for cognitive and mood disorders use standardized tools of the field i.e. Geriatric Depression Scale, Geriatric Anxiety Scale, Pain Scales, Addiction and Substance dependency tools, the DSM5 to identify mental health and wellness status for individual care planning
Note:  At the beginning of each seminar class there will be a 30-45 minute period of debriefing from placement experiences.  After this will be a content lecture in the second hour.  The third hour of each seminar will be reserved for GPA certifications which will occur at least twice during this semester.  This is a 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 at this time (exemption from placement will be provided and hours will be counted towards placement).  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 exempted with proof.

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