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Practicum Partnerships

Practicum partnerships are important as they allow students to gain valuable experience in community rehabilitation and disability studies, under the supervision of people currently working in the field. They provide students with the opportunity to learn about current issues and approaches and to apply the theory learned in their courses to professional practice.

The underlying principles of the practicum program include:

Interdisciplinary - grounded in multiple theoretical traditions, course study within numerous disciplines and faculties and diversity in student backgrounds and outcomes. Our students participate in all realms of human services such as, community support services, children's services, vocational rehabilitation, rehabilitation management, inclusive education and health professions.

Collaboration - partnerships between people with disabilities and chronic health concerns, employers/field sites, researchers and CRDS program. One of our most exciting partnerships are those in which senior students in CORE 589.01 and 589.02 tutor and mentor students in CORE 205 and 207 in their practicum placements with community human service organizations.

Consumer-Based - educational platform determined by individuals with disabling conditions and chronic health concerns, advocates and families; instructional delivery formats and locations as well as practice issues informed by student input and prior learning/career experience.

Diversity across the life-span and across disabilities - focus on social construction of disability and chronic illness resulting in array of research initiatives and practice issues. Students gain experience with individuals from all ages and with a wide range of disabling conditions and chronic health concerns.

Effecting social change - seek to "problematize" society rather than the individual; exploring means of breaking down barriers that limit people from full participation in their community and in society in general. Reflective practice and critical thinking - encourages learners to pose questions and relate theory to practice; move learners beyond basic skill 'technologies' in human service work to a broader context of reflective inquiry with research rigor and applied understanding of complex societal issues.

For more information please contact Patti DesJardine by e-mail at padesjar@ucalgary.ca or by phone at 403.220.2416.