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THE COURSE IS AIMED AT PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THEIR WORK OR INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT. WHEN ONE FAILS TO PLAN, FAILURE IS INEVITABLE. THERE WILL BE AN INCREASED OUTPUT IN EFFORTS AND PRODUCTIVITY OF …

THE COURSE IS AIMED AT PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THEIR WORK OR INDUSTRIAL ATTACHMENT. WHEN ONE FAILS TO PLAN, FAILURE IS INEVITABLE. THERE WILL BE AN INCREASED OUTPUT IN EFFORTS AND PRODUCTIVITY OF STUDENTS ON THEIR PRACTICUM WHEN THEY ALREADY HAVE A HINT ON WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE WORK PLACE.


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  • 1. Dr. Henry Sawyerr/ Ms. Yetunde Olulegan. CMH 204: PRACTICUM AND CLINICAL FIELD ATTACHMENT [I]
  • 2. THE AIM OF THIS COURSE IS TO PROVIDE A CLASS-ROOM BASED PREPARATORY ASSESSMENT FOR STUDENTS WHO WILL BE GOING ON THEIR CLINICAL FIELD ATTACHMENTS IN THE COMING YEAR. …
  • 3. … CHM 204: PRACTICUM AND CLINICAL FIELD ATTACHMENT SHOULD PROVIDE:
  • 4. DEFINITION OF TERMS
  • 5. SKILLS TO ACQUIRE DURING WORK ATTACHMENTS
  • 6. WORK ETIQUETTE
  • 7. SKILLS FOR HANDLING DIFFICULT SITUATIONS
  • 8. CASE SCENARIOS
  • 9. DAY 1 …
  • 10. “Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.” ― Ben Carson …
  • 11. “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.” ― Kahlil Gibran …
  • 12. A practicum is an exciting learning experience that affords you the opportunity to observe and participate in diverse experimental community or clinical settings. DEFINITION OF TERMS
  • 13. During the practicum, introspection, personal change, professional growth, and self-assessment will empower your sense of development as a professional. DEFINITION OF TERMS
  • 14. The opportunity to work in a practical setting within your field coupled with supportive guidance from the instructor will give you a strong sense of professional self-growth. DEFINITION OF TERMS
  • 15. A practicum is an exciting opportunity to learn and gain "real world" experience in the field. DEFINITION OF TERMS
  • 16. Although it is recognized that field experience requires time, energy and personal commitment beyond that of traditional University classes practicum are a fun part of the educational program which many students have considered to be a highlight of their education. DEFINITION OF TERMS
  • 17. A practicum is a course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously or concurrently studied theory. DEFINITION OF TERMS
  • 18. Practicums (student practicals/ experiments/ community development projects) are common for improving education and social work majors. It is also called work placement.
  • 19. HOW TO SELECT A PRACTICUM SITE
  • 20.
  • 21. Practicum selection has a lot to do with individual choice. Some questions you may want to ask yourself before selecting a practicum site are: PRACTICUM SITE CHOICES
  • 22. What community of people do I want to work with? PRACTICUM SITE CHOICES
  • 23. What population have I never worked with? PRACTICUM SITE CHOICES
  • 24. What kind of skills do I want to develop? PRACTICUM SITE CHOICES
  • 25. What knowledge am I trying to gain? PRACTICUM SITE CHOICES
  • 26. Your reasons for whichever site you choose will likely shape your focus and goals once you begin, so you may want to identify your interests and goals at the time you decide on your practicum site. PRACTICUM SITE CHOICES
  • 27. CRITERIA FOR FINDING YOUR OWN PRACTICUM SITE.
  • 28. THE SELECTED SITE MUST:
  • 29. Present an opportunity to work with or for people with disabling conditions and /or chronic health concerns THE SELECTED SITE MUST:
  • 30. Pose learning opportunities within an educational context THE SELECTED SITE MUST:
  • 31. Challenge you with new learning skills THE SELECTED SITE MUST:
  • 32. Facilitate assignments and responsibilities consistent with the course of enrolment THE SELECTED SITE MUST:
  • 33. The Practicum Learning Program is usually comprised of four learning areas: …
  • 34. Proposed Activities: this is what you will be doing while at your practicum site, this includes your role and responsibilities. …
  • 35. Student Goals - skill development: this is what skills you are looking to improve or develop during your time at the practicum site. …
  • 36. "Student Goals - Professional Development" differs from the previous "Skill Development" student Goals, in that "Professional Development" goals are comprised of transferable skills such as time management, understanding of professional roles, and assertiveness. …
  • 37. "Professional Development" goals could be worked on within any practicum site whereas "Skill Development" goals are site and content specific. …
  • 38. Written Assignment: this is your opportunity to make a contribution to the practicum site. Together with your Site Facilitator you negotiate a work- related project with practical application to the site. …
  • 39. RESPONSIBILITIES OF A PRACTICUM STUDENT
  • 40. Your role within the PRACTICUM SITE may affect how smoothly the community or establishment runs, so being clear about your availability and the length of your stay will be important to the agency and its clients. …
  • 41. Commitment is not just about completing your hours. Punctuality, dedication and responsibility are also involved. If at anytime you experience troubles, have questions or concerns regarding your placement, it is your responsibility to talk to your Practicum Instructor or Coordinator. …
  • 42. KWASU (CEERMS) is always willing and ready to help you with any needs that you have. We cannot stress enough how important it is for you to take your own role in your practicum. It is after all, your practicum experience, your learning and you shaping your future. …
  • 43. As a practicum student at an agency, community or establishment, you will most likely be placed in the role of 'helper'. This is a caregiving role that is based on a number of attributes: …
  • 44. Being an effective helper is being a good companion. Companionship involves feelings of unconditional acceptance and valuing, relatedness, mutual support, empathy and warmth, dialogue, sharing and trust towards individuals or groups you are working with. FEELINGS OF COMPANIONSHIP:
  • 45. The installation of feelings of companionship may ask us to express warmth to those who have been marginalized, shunned and who may not trust. This may not always be easy, however, we must endure difficult times in order to reach a place where our giving is reciprocated. FEELINGS OF COMPANIONSHIP:
  • 46. We are no more and no less than any other. The purpose of caregiving is not to rid people of behavioral difficulties, nor to instruct them to obey. It is most important to help others to live, work and play within family and community. It is vital, in order to develop companionship, to teach and reciprocate respect, not because anyone earned it, but because we are all human. This means acceptance with dignity. BEING HUMAN
  • 47. Empathy is not pity. It is a feeling of being one with others. It is about understanding the wholeness of an individual, including their past, their reality, vulnerability, strengths, and weaknesses. It involves a spirit of common humanity and the belief that we all exist interdependently. Empathy understands. EMPATHY:
  • 48. Values must be closely examined, especially to avoid being overpowering, punishing, and controlling. Our values must convey a message of acceptance of the full human being that we all are - in mind, body and spirit. Remember no action is value-free. All of our interactions communicate what we feel or believe about each other. VALUES AND ACTIONS
  • 49. There are four steps in the process of establishing companionship. …
  • 50. Creating a feeling of companionship is the primary goal of being a helper. We need to support the individual or group of people to feel safe and to develop trust. We must show, through our actions, that we support and value the individuals and that we represent sources of companionship; not as sources of power that oppress but rather using our personal power to become allies. PRIMARY GOAL:
  • 51. As a helper, one must commit to making certain that our presence signifies feelings of safety and security. Our interactions must signal warmth, serenity, and tolerance. This can only be demonstrated through a true reflection of our values of equality. FEELINGS OF OUR PRESENCE
  • 52. Human engagement is teaching the belief that it is good to be with and participate with other human beings. Human engagement involves a desire to be with another, not a desire to do a particular task. FEELINGS OF HUMAN ENGAGEMENT
  • 53. Instead of making an individual comply by giving rewards and punishments, a good helper values the individual and allows them the opportunity to be together, because both individuals want to. Rewards and punishments are built of power, not equality. FEELINGS OF HUMAN ENGAGEMENT
  • 54. To value another is to uplift, honor, respect, listen, empower, reflect, and share feelings regardless of deeds alone. Value should not be contingent on behavior or earning this respect. Being valued and valuing others is the central dimension in the establishment of companionship. THE MEANING OF UNCONDITIONAL VALUING
  • 55. Expectations of the student within the practicum setting: …
  • 56. Respecting policies and procedures of the agency/ Establishment or organization. EXPECTATIONS
  • 57. Maintaining attendance and punctuality. EXPECTATIONS
  • 58. Informing the site facilitator/ Practicum Instructor of all expected absences. EXPECTATIONS
  • 59. Interacting respectfully with all supervisors and colleagues. EXPECTATIONS
  • 60. Seeking and accepting feedback from Practicum Course Instructor/ Coordinator. EXPECTATIONS
  • 61. Exerting maximum effort in completing tasks and assignments. EXPECTATIONS
  • 62. Asking questions whenever unsure of any and all policies, procedures, assignment guidelines, and expectations. EXPECTATIONS
  • 63. Understanding your level of competence. EXPECTATIONS
  • 64. Upholding a level of professionalism in attire, language, attitude and respecting all matters of the agency/ organization or establishment as confidential. EXPECTATIONS
  • 65. Good Time Management Skills; most students have full course loads and some have part time jobs - being effective in time management skills will not only make more efficient use of your time but helps you prioritize what you want to accomplish EXPECTATIONS
  • 66. A practicum is always time limited. From the time you begin you know that your stay with your practicum host is temporary. While you are involved with an organization you become a part of its functioning, and the organization depends on you. CLOSURE
  • 67. Rewards may be professional, personal or both. Personal rewards include skill development, greater awareness of likes and dislikes and more. REWARDS OF PRACTICUM EXPERIENCES
  • 68. Professionally, a practicum can build networks, increase employment leads and contacts, lead into job opportunities, increase our knowledge in a particular area of the field and provide opportunities to develop personal philosophies and practice. …
  • 69. The most important reward may be life experience and enjoyment. Helping another person, participating in your community and sharing who you are with others will intensify your life experience. …
  • 70. Rewards are reciprocal; your energy rewards others. A practicum is a mutually beneficial experience. Your time, input, commitment and energy contribute to the operation and growth of an agency. …
  • 71. As much as you learn from them they learn from you as well. More specifically, the individual person or persons you work with benefit. In a practicum placement, you have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of another person. That is quite an accomplishment! …
  • 72. New experiences often lead to growth and development, challenging us to learn and perhaps change how we do some things, and review our values and beliefs. These challenges can assist you in your professional and personal development. Challenges may evoke feelings of discomfort and anxiety as you chart new territory or go beyond your comfort zones. …
  • 73. Perhaps the simple recognition of a situation or circumstance that is new or unknown to you can help you to move into it with less anxiety. A practicum will often require you to go beyond your previous experience and challenge you to learn. …
  • 74. HOW TO WRITE A PRACTICUM REPORT
  • 75. A practicum report is an explanation of what an individual did during a practical experience and the outcomes of that experience. …
  • 76. They combine academic knowledge with applied experience in professional settings, giving students the chance to work in areas such as formative research or program implementation. A formal practicum report should include several parts and usually requires several double-spaced, typed pages. …
  • 77. Create a title page, making sure the title briefly describes the nature of the assignment. Type your name on the title page along with the semester you plan to file the formal practicum report, and mention the college program for which you are writing the report. 1.
  • 78. Write a brief description of what the practicum report is about. This paragraph should be about 150 words or less and basically serves as your summary, or abstract. Then, create a page for your introduction. On this page, describe the nature of the practicum and the supervising agency that provided you the opportunity to complete the practicum 2.
  • 79. Explain the practical and theoretical value of the practicum experience. Compare what you did during your practicum to coursework you did prior to the work experience. Describe what outcomes you expected and what results you actually achieved during this experience. 3.
  • 80. Also, explain recommendations for future practicum improvements. In addition, describe how your practicum experience influenced your professional or academic goals. End the practicum report by providing summary statements that recap the content of your report. 3. [CONTD.]
  • 81. Attach a practicum agreement or job description as an appendix if these are available. Include other attachments that are relevant to your practicum, such as any work you actually completed -- grants you wrote or reports/evaluations you produced. Also, include a bibliography of references citing any information you used for your report. Read through the report for errors in spelling, grammar or punctuation. 4.
  • 82.  TROY UNIVERSITY: COUNSELING PROGRAMS PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP HANDBOOK.  EMORY ROLLINS SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH: PRACTICUM HANDBOOK: A GUIDE FOR STUDENTS  THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS: COUNSELING PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP MANUAL  www.ehow.com/how-to-write-a-practicum-report REFERENCES