GWL447 - Integrative Field Work Seminar

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Subject Title
Integrative Field Work Seminar

Subject Description
This subject integrates the student?s field work experience with their academic studies at an advanced level. The content of this course focuses on issues that arise in placement, the development of professional interactions as the students prepare for a career in the geriatric field. Students will begin to understand issues surrounding the allocation of resources and funding for seniors as this is a critical component of this course. Continued skill-building in reflective-practice exercises for the purpose of integrating field experiences with classroom material will be covered. Contemporary issues and modernized skills in the field will be further discussed and practiced. Emphasis is on developing self-reflective practitioner skills within an inclusive and anti-oppressive framework. This seminar will focus on preparing the student for the leadership skills required in the professional workplace. Please note that confidentiality is of the greatest importance therefore, please do not use any names and try to change any identifying features of the client or issues you are discussing if you are to raise questions about individual issues in class. This includes written, verbal, and or electronic forms of communication.

Credit Status
One Credit

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

  1. Provide evidence of the ability to integrate theoretical perspectives with field experience and complete all 8 Vocational Standards and their corresponding elements of competencies required by completing the current published MTCU SSWG-Vocational Standards of Proofs Portfolio
  2. Identify resource and allocation issues that affect older adults by identifying funding bodies i.e. LHINs, United Way etc. and by completing a mock grant proposal and/or a actual fundraising Proposal for an NPO agency of their choice
  3. Develope advanced self-reflection skills through the use of self-analytical writing and weekly small group peer-led evaluated discussions
  4. Demonstrate the ability to pursue independent, adult learning by problem solving issues related to placement, building professional relationships, taking initiative in both placement and course work, active involvement in group work in the weekly small group discussions
  5. Demonstrate the ability to work within the boundaries of the social service worker profession by connecting OCSWSSW Code of Ethics to practice
  6. Demonstrate competency in knowledge of the agency with which the student has been placed through public presentations e.g. poster presentation forum and agency outreach initiatives
  7. Demonstrate ability to work with a diverse population in an inclusive and anti-oppressive framework through in-class assignments
  8. Prepare herself/himself/person to enter the field by reviewing and revising a resume, identifying opportunities in the field

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.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

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.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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