Field Orientation L earning Contracts. Title of presentation. umanitoba.ca. Welcome to the Field Orientation Session. Please feel free to ask any questions throughout the presentation If you do not have microphones please use the chat to ask questions. Joan Churley
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Field Orientation Learning Contracts
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Field Instruction SWRK 3150 Concurrent with Field Focus SWRK 4200
Field Instruction SWRK 4120 Concurrent with Field Focus SWRK 4300
Your Field Focus is a seminar that teaches social work practice skills in the context of a field or focus of practice. The course you are taking doesn’t have to match where you are placed placed in your field.
Student in the accelerated program take 2 sections of Field/Focus during the regular session from September to April.
You must be registered in Field and your Field Focus course
This is your first educationally directed Field experience in which the student will have the opportunity to assume responsibility for social work engagement, assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation, integrating theory from class.
The required hours are calculated as:
28 weeks X 2 days per week x 7.5 hours= 420 hours
This is a reminder that this Field is counting as 12 credits.
This is a very important part of your Social Work degree.
You will be required to put in a great deal of time and energy into Field and Your Field Focus course.
A reminder that you must pass both / if you fail one you do NOT get credit for the other.
An educationally directed practice experience building on SWRK 3150.
The required hours are calculated as:
28 weeks X 2 days per week x 7.5 hours= 420 hours
Your 3150 final evaluation follows you to your next Field placement.
It is important to use this evaluation and build on your strengths and develop the areas requiring improvement.
So what will I do in FIELD?
There are many things that will happen while you are in Field.
Time management, self care,
Good communication with family members and support networks and your Field Placement team are all very important
Orientation to the Agency is very important. Orientation should include:
We strongly suggest
That you familiarize yourself with all of the agency policies and procedures at the beginning of practicum.
Spend several hours/days whatever it takes to feel somewhat comfortable with the policies and go back and re read them once you are working in the placement for awhile.
Must be made up by the student.
If you are sick you must make up the time.
If you take a few days off you must make up the time.
You must ok all time off with your Field instructor.
It is between you and your Field instructor to ensure that you complete 420 hours……..
We will be discussing time logs in more detail.
Students can be FAILIED for breeching confidentiality
A student can be deemed professionally unsuitable if they Breech confidentiality
If you are not sure who you can share information with please discuss with your supervisor. When writing your journals please ensure they are vetted.
The following guidelines are based on general best practices. The Faculty recognized that circumstances can vary and encourages consultation with your field instructor, field liaison, advisor or course instructors
The Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) Standards for Accreditation (May, 2012) state that:
The academic unit has a policy regarding ethical use of all forms of social media to ensure the privacy, confidentiality, and interests of the academic unit and its field practicum community and demonstrates how the policy and procedures are consistent with the relevant human rights legislation, with the mission of CASWE- ACFTS, and with the mission of the academic unit concerned
The following guidelines for social media interactions with current and past clients are based on general best practices. The Faculty recognizes that circumstances can vary and encourages consultation with your field instructor, advisor or field liaison.
Students are expected to interact with the key people (admin, other discipline programs, other professionals, clients) in the field setting appropriately and sensitively.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the agency’s structure, mandate, mission and objectives as well as the service delivery system.
demonstrate a commitment to the importance of self awareness as a means to effective professional involvement. Professional Reflective journaling will be used to consciously reflect self awareness throughout the placement.
Students will develop the ability to respect clients’ rights through an understanding of the CASE Code of Ethics 2005
Students will build on the skills identified in SWRK 3150
Students will initiate and sustain supportive and responsive relationships and facilitate effective communication.
Students will be able to assess, plan and intervene in increasingly complex situations.
Students will place a high value on providing relevant information and service to clients.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the conflicting expectations in placement.
Students will demonstrate a range of contracting skills;
Students will take responsibility for their ongoing professional development.
Our manual is presently under construction and is being updated.
Field manager and Liaison for the summer
Site Resource Person
All Field instructional staff are University- Appointed instructors. As such they are required to meet the standards of practice required of all University teachers in their relationships with students.
Roles of the manager of Field :Communicates and provides support to students and Field instructional site.Develops formal Faculty/agency legal arrangementsEnsures all agreements are in place for all studentsOrients students and Field Instructors on AdobeRefer to manual (online) for further duties.
Roles of the Faculty Field Liaison:Provides support consultation, mediation and negotiation to for the student and Field InstructorMonitors students progress through use of Professional Reflective Journals, Time logs,Adobe sessions.See manual online for more detail
Roles of the Field InstructorResponsible for orienting the student to the Practicum site.Develops a Learning Contract in conjunction with student.Assumes responsibility for supervising the student on a day to day basis.Takes responsibility for evaluating studentProvides a minimum of one and half hours of direct supervision.Refer to manual for further information on roles of the Field instructor (on line)
Roles of the on-site Agency Program SupervisorAssists Field Instructor in providing student Field experience and assumes day to day responsibility and supervision of student.Provides feedback for evaluation purposes.
Refer to manual for further information on roles of the on –site Agency Program Supervisor (online)
It is important to sit down with your Field Instructor and discuss what he/she expects of you the student as well as what you can expect from the instructor, the Liaison and the resource person.It is important to read over the Agencies policies and procedures manual within the first week of Field to ensure you understand the “rules” of the agency.It is important to understand mutual expectations regarding preparation for student/instructor supervision this is where you will be assigned cases and receive feedback.
This summer you will be required to fill out one form, that includes your time sheet and your reflective journal. This Journal will note the main activities and connect theory to practice.It is important to let Joan know as soon as possible if there are any concerns and we will address them as a team. Your field instructor, you, the student and I will discuss and decide what needs to be done to deal with the concern.
The Learning Contract is a tool designed to keep the student and the Field instructor focused on goal oriented learning.We will be spending an hour with you in our next adobe session going over the learning contract and its importance.
“The learning contract
is to be learned
WHO/WHERE will you go/ask for help?
Will you learn this?
What activities are required?
HOW do you prove that you have successfully achieved the objective
WHO/WHERE will you go/ask for help?
Leave room for the student and the field instructor to be innovative.
You can read about intervention with children and families but you can do far more.....
Meet with the police, lawyers, psychologists, or anyone who is involved in the process of working with children and families.
Shadow as many workers as possible and try documenting what you see by applying theory to practice ( this is a great way to learn and a great deal of discussion will occur at supervision between student and instructor.
Networking in the community and the office will provide students with valuable information
Bring in your books from field focus and other courses and try to apply the theory to practice. What are you learning?
It is important that your learning contract be realistic and your learning goals be achievable and measurable.
Ensure that the deadlines and timelines you incorporate into your learning contract are realistic.
Remember you can always add to the learning contract.
Students and Field instructors should discuss timelines and document when learning objectives have been achieved. (This is very helpful when midterm and final evaluations are due)
5. Learning Contract
Field Instruction SWRK 4120
(a) Scheduled placement days: __identify days and time Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-4:30_________
(b) Meeting times with field instructor ___Tuesday Morning; Thursday Morning____9:00 to receive cases and debrief_______
Sample 1 - Learning Contract (Evaluation Form Format)
How is progress Monitored?The Field Instructor is responsible for developing appropriate methods in which your progress can be monitored.This may include verbal reports, logs, summary recordings, two way mirrors, process recording. (more information in manual on line.
Student/Instructor individual supervision conferencesThe most common method of providing an opportunity for student growth and professional development is through the individual supervision conference.While the demands of the student placement and pressures on the instructional staff may suggest that mini sessions “teachable” moments are most convenient, experience has confirmed that, beyond these “teachable moments, a student’s learning is best served if pre-planned regular scheduled times are established on a weekly basis, in privacy, with a minimum of interruptions, and in a comfortable environment.
Face to face: weekly: minimum of one to one and a half hours.
Field Instructor/student is familiar with the evaluation form and should link this to the learning contract.
Remember your time logs
Remember your Professional Reflective Journals and the importance of sharing the journals during Supervision.
Professional Reflective JournalsJournaling is a helpful way for students to process what they are learning in their practicum placement.Documenting learning/experiences on a regular basis provides them an opportunity to…………………..
IDENTIFY/Reflect on the skills that they are developing
Connect their learning to the evaluation process
The electronic version allows for expanding boxes and revisions!
One activity may meet several learning objectives;
The learning contract should be developed by student and Field Instructor together.
All forms are available on our website
Identify/discuss and reflect on cultural, economic, political, interpersonal, ethical etc. factors that impact their experience in placement.
Identify/discuss and reflect on their feelings.
Identify/discuss and reflect on what they did ie. Applying theory to practice.
Identify/discuss and reflect on what they learned
Identify what they need to do to improve……
Are not helpful if students just record activities/activities are important to document in the time log
Are a way to teach students how to reflect on the activities
Allow the students an opportunity to take risks and use their reflection to express themselves professionally.
Where have you made progress this week?
What theories have you applied to practice?
What would or could you do differently?
Are you feeling more confident in Your placement setting?
How has your skill set improved?
To Field Placement
Important for students, field liaisons, field instructors to talk about what students are doing and learning in their field focus course………………….
Remember this is a co requisite, you must receive a passing grade in both to get a credit. Are you all registered in your field focus courses?
If a critical incident occurs please contact Joan by telephone or email
Contact your Field instructor, deal with the issue and then contact us.
Examples, you get hurt on the job, bit by a dog, assaulted by a client OR
If you are asked to something that is out of the ordinary, acupuncture, stay over night in an institution, you are being threatened, feel unsafe because of harassment of a client……… please speak to me…..
Students are expected to complete weekly journals and hand them in to their Field Instructors at supervision.
Students are expected to complete a monthly report and summary of their journals and send in to Joan on a monthly basis.
Students may be asked to hand in ALL of their journals should an issue arise during placement.
The journal can be used as a way to:
Compare student-instructor views and perceptions,
Identify issued, difficulties and areas for work
Assist in evaluating student performance.
The monthly report is to be completed and submitted to Joan by email on a monthly basis. Use the electronic form. Fill in the top part addressing the tasks you have completed and then complete a summary of your journal.
The time log is a document that identifies the activity of the student and the time spent at the agency.
It will be completed and sent to Joan at the end of every month.
can assign students to work with individuals, couples or families
Are responsible for assigning cases to students and then ensuring they are supervising the student
Ensure that students are applying theory to practice
Ensure students develop case management skills.
Be involved with outside community agencies in many different roles
Work on policy and program planning and or research
Once again Field instructors would be responsible for connecting this learning to practice at the placement level.
All documentation belongs to the agency
Students could be called to court many years from now and asked about their documentation
If you are not sure about something please ask your Field instructor
Your professional reflective journals are also considered a document (not a diary)
All of this information including this PowerPoint is on line.
Our manual and all forms are also on line. http://umanitoba.ca/social_work/programs/ddfieldinfo.html
Please use online forms as much as possible.
Send Joan the online forms without the signed off signatures (time logs) if a problem occurs you will be asked to provide the signed copies to us…..
Online is faster and easier and the forms are user friendly.
Joan and the Distance delivery team
Would like to welcome you to your Field Practicum and hope that you have a wonderful experience.
We would like to thank all Field Instructors for accepting and supervising our students,
Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns.
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