Presentation Title

Self-directed Practicum: Finding One's Passion in Social Work Education

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Abstract

As a third year practicum student, I have been challenged with a self-directed placement. The reason for the practicum is that students get a chance to apply their theoretical knowledge in the real work settings and to develop professional skills. Normally they are placed in an agency where they learn and develop their professional skills under the supervision of a social worker. I actually got a chance to enhance my practical skills under the supervision of Dr. Sasha Kondrashov, but in a very unique way.

In my self-directed practicum, which will be discussed in this presentation, I created my own practicum activities, goals and projects which were linked to the course learning objectives. With the guidance of Dr. Sasha Kondrashov, I was able to create activities and tasks to meet my learning needs. Together we connected each activity to performance indicators to evaluate the practicum learning experience. Currently I am working on the project called Voices Social Work where I am connecting with Social Workers and get to know about their professional experiences. I am helping Sasha in Welcome to Kamloops program that is offering in March and is open for public free of cost to learn more about Kamloops. I am gaining hands on experience as well by volunteering at Kamloops Hospice Association as a child support worker. I am also leading a project that is to create a spreadsheet for the Funding opportunities for Social Work. Overall it’s a practicum opportunity full of learning and gaining a lot of different experiences to meet course outcomes.

Department

Social Work

Faculty Advisor

Sasha Kondrashov

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Self-directed Practicum: Finding One's Passion in Social Work Education

As a third year practicum student, I have been challenged with a self-directed placement. The reason for the practicum is that students get a chance to apply their theoretical knowledge in the real work settings and to develop professional skills. Normally they are placed in an agency where they learn and develop their professional skills under the supervision of a social worker. I actually got a chance to enhance my practical skills under the supervision of Dr. Sasha Kondrashov, but in a very unique way.

In my self-directed practicum, which will be discussed in this presentation, I created my own practicum activities, goals and projects which were linked to the course learning objectives. With the guidance of Dr. Sasha Kondrashov, I was able to create activities and tasks to meet my learning needs. Together we connected each activity to performance indicators to evaluate the practicum learning experience. Currently I am working on the project called Voices Social Work where I am connecting with Social Workers and get to know about their professional experiences. I am helping Sasha in Welcome to Kamloops program that is offering in March and is open for public free of cost to learn more about Kamloops. I am gaining hands on experience as well by volunteering at Kamloops Hospice Association as a child support worker. I am also leading a project that is to create a spreadsheet for the Funding opportunities for Social Work. Overall it’s a practicum opportunity full of learning and gaining a lot of different experiences to meet course outcomes.