Social Work | Social Work Practicum I
S381 | 8944 | Pam Huggins

The practicum experience in the junior year of the Bachelor in Social
Work Program develops beginning practice proficiency, laying the
foundation for the more intensive field experience in the senior
year. This work builds upon the theoretical and experiential learning
of both S231, Generalist Social Work Practice I: Theory and Skills
taught in the first semester of the junior year and S332, Generalist
Social Work Practice II: Theory and Skills offered concurrently with
this course. Social Work Practicum I affords the student the
opportunity to make application of such knowledge and skills within
an organizational structure of a human service agency.  In the agency
settings, students are expected to demonstrate beginning ability to
work with clients, utilize community resources, interact with other
professionals, and function effectively within an organization.
Furthermore, students are expected to identify and work to alleviate
(at a beginning level) oppressive conditions in the lives of clients.

As an integral part of Social Work Practicum I, each student will
participate in a seminar every other week during the semester. The
seminar is geared to help the student conceptualize his/her practice
with the projected aim of professional integration. Seminar
activities are designed to be compatible with and supporting of major
areas of content found throughout all social work courses. Special
attention will be given to de-briefing and discussion of challenges
presented in the practicum.  Group process skills will be utilized as
students provide peer consultation.

The student is at the practicum agency for an average of 12 hours per
week for the 15 week semester. The average time allows students
flexibility to attend additional special learning events that may
occur during particular week(s).  Students complete a total of 192
hours for this course which includes 176 hours at the agency and 16
in seminar sessions.