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 their academic studies with a focus on mental health and wellness issues related to aging. Integrated seminar is a progressive learning experience for students supporting their placement experience with group debriefing, 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 practiced.  An overview of the DSM5 as it relates to older adults will be provided and applied to the GWL357 fieldwork experience. This course is designed to build on continued field skills in a variety of areas including but, not limited to; team building, networking, interviewing and assessing, 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 recognises and practices from an empowerment, anti-oppressive, inclusive, and harm reduction framework.

Credit Status
One credit

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

  1. demonstrate the ability to integrate contemporary theoretical perspectives on aging with topics on mental health and wellness in aging in the field placement experience using reflective professional journaling and a summative portfolio; 
  2. identify common mental health issues that affect older adults;
  3. identify current evidence-based interventions and treatments with older adults with mental health issues through various in-class and field 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 rudimentary skills in assessing older adults for 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

Note:  At the beginning of each seminar class there will be a 30-45 minute period of debriefing from placement experiences in small group settings, classroom discussions, followed by a guided lecture on a mental health topic and an in-class activity. 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 during the sign-up opportunities ($60 includes lunch and book, 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.

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.

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.

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