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Practicum Overview of Courses

There are nine practicum courses facilitated for on-campus and Community of Learner undergraduate students. These courses include the following:

Course #
(Semester)

Title

Objective of Practicum

Practicum
Requirement

CORE 205

(Fall)

History & Systems in Community Rehabilitation

To develop respectful relations with persons with disabilities and observe and participate in learned practices in service settings.
  

24 hours

CORE 207

(Winter)

Introduction to Community Rehabilitation Practice

To introduce students to assessment approaches, person-centered planning tools, interventions and principles consistent with a life span perspective.
  

24 hours

CORE 485

(Fall)

Practicum in Rehabilitation Practice: Individuals

To apply basic principles of assessment, planning and intervention with individuals.
  

130 hours

CORE 487

(Winter)

Practicum in Rehabilitation Practice: Group Settings

To apply basic principles of group dynamics, facilitation, support and therapy within group settings.
  

130 hours

CORE 589.01

(Fall)

Development of Services and Programs

Needs analysis, proposal writing, fund procurement and innovative service design.
  

130 hours

CORE 589.02

(Fall and/or Winter)

Supervision in Community Practice

Leadership, management styles, conflict resolution, clinical supervision and performance appraisal.
  

130 hours

CORE 589.05

(Winter)

Becoming an Ally: New Approaches to Case Management

Mentored practicum in case planning and management that values partnership with clients and other stakeholders.
  

130 hours

CORE 589.06

(May-June)

Block Practicum in Community Rehabilitation

Leadership, management styles, conflict resolution, clinical supervision, performance appraisal, needs analysis, proposal writing, fund procurement and innovative service design.

130 hours


Fall and Winter semesters run in 13-week blocks from early September through early December and early January through early April respectively. Students in 130-hour practicum placements complete approximately 10 hours/week, while students in 24-hour practicum placements complete 2 hours/week.

Spring semester runs for 6 weeks in May and June. Students usually complete 20 hours of practicum per week.

Students with an approved college diploma in Community Rehabilitation complete CORE 569 and two practicum courses selected from the following:

CORE 589.01
CORE 589.02
CORE 589.05
CORE 589.06

Students will want to select the courses which best meet their career choices.

Some students enter the CRDS program following completion of 20 half-courses with General studies or another faculty. As part of their course load, students enroll in the following practicum courses:

CORE 205
CORE 207
CORE 485
CORE 487

Once enrolled in the CRDS program students take the practicum courses as outlined above.

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CORE 205: History and Systems in Community Rehabilitation

Core 205 looks at the social, political, health and advocacy systems that support and empower persons with disabilities and their families. Individuals and their families are examined from early intervention to geriatric support within the framework of empowerment (process and models). Course content includes a 24-hour practicum and students meet once a week for lecture based classroom instruction. Class instruction focuses on:

Current and historical context of services in Canada

Cultural and social change issues of services for children and adults with a range of disabling conditions

Values, goals and policies which facilitate inclusion in a range of service choices: daycare, schools, home support, employment and active living agencies

Emergence of Advocacy groups, seeking equality/citizenship in society

Social policies as inclusionary, exclusionary or silent

Strategies for advocacy at an individual, service and social policy level

Barrier analysis at value, policy and function levels

Inclusion strategies in service sectors


The objectives of the practicum for the student are the following:

Develop respectful relationships with persons with disabilities

Listen to the voice of individual and groups engaged in advocacy

Communicate with staff and clients

Observe practices in service settings

Analyze issues from the perspectives of persons with disabilities and their families


Assignments include completion of the 24-hour practicum and log book, a term paper on disability, mid-term and final examination.

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CORE 207: Introduction to Community Rehabilitation Practice

Class includes assessments, interventions and working partnerships within a life span perspective. Senior students mentor students taking this class through the practicum and tutorial sessions. Concepts presented in class are the following:

Life span perspectives within 'stage of life' contexts including major causes of disabilities (genetics high risk behavior, life style, poverty) and the impact of disabling conditions on personal and work aspects of families and individuals

Assessments encountered in community rehabilitation (diagnostic and screening, developmental, functional, ecological, observations, quality of life)

Interventions encountered in community rehabilitation (therapies, adaptations, teaching and modeling, individual and group counseling and building supports)

Working partnerships and roles in planning (working with specialists, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary teams, individual program planning, person centered planning, case coordination and management, community building)


As well as a practicum, a lecture-based class and a tutorial are held once a week. These are facilitated by senior students. Tutorial classes are a chance for students in the 207 class to learn in a small group setting and to discuss their practicum experiences. The objectives of the practicum for students are to attain the following:

Recognize assessment approaches, tools and principles consistent with a life span perspective in preparation for specific training in administration and interpretation of assessments

Identify effective intervention approaches and participate in supervised implementation

Recognize and describe partnerships evident in a practicum setting

Communicate with professionals, consumers and families within a practice framework


Assignments include completion of the 24-hour practicum and log book, reflective papers and case studies.

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CORE 485: An Introduction to Community Rehabilitation Practice and Professional Conduct

This class focuses on the practical application of basic principles of assessment and intervention with individuals. Content of this class includes a 130-hour practicum in a community-based agency, planning supports with agency staff, consumers and families and facilitating professional support and consultation. Tutorial-based classes are held every two weeks. The material covered in tutorial is:

Exploring the nature and dynamics of helping relationships

Facilitating effective collaboration with consumers, families and multi-disciplinary professionals

Critical examination of mission statements (personal and agency based) and goals of practice

Strategies related to professional conduct (e.g. proactivity, priority setting)


The objectives of the practicum for students to attain are the following:

Demonstrate sensitivity in the initiation and closure of supports

Engage in peer processing and problem solving

Facilitate case-conferencing, reflective analysis and critical thinking

Facilitate case-conferencing, reflective analysis and critical thinking

Plan and implement individual supports (understanding, deciding, doing, and reviewing)

Collaborate with consumers, families and multi-disciplinary professionals

Demonstrate intervention strategies such as teaching, modeling and facilitating natural supports

Display reflective analysis and journalling skills


Assignments include an in-class presentation, completion of practicum hours and Student Learning Contract and contracted project/written assignment.

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CORE 487: An Introduction to Community Practice and Professional Conduct (II)

The 487 practicum focuses on group settings under the supervision of qualified personnel. Content includes a 130-hour practicum in a community-based agency, which facilitates individual progress within a group setting. Along with the practicum, a tutorial is held every two weeks. Themes discussed at the tutorials include:

Group dynamics

Facilitation of groups, including transitions and closure

Overview of group therapy


The objectives of the practicum for students to attain are the following:

Demonstrate peer processing and problem-solving

Reflective analysis and critical thinking

Participate as an effective group member

Co-facilitate and leads group

Apply psycho-social implications of group membership to rehabilitative practice


Assignments include an in-class lab, completion of practicum hours and Student Learning Contract and contracted project/written assignment.

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CORE 589.01: Development of Services and Programs

The content of the tutorial includes topics in needs analysis, proposal writing, fund procurement and innovative service design. Students work on a project for the agency or group. The time commitment of the class involves a 130-hour practicum and a tutorial, which is held once every two weeks. The focus of the tutorials are the following:

Consultation with agency staff

Program evaluation

Needs assessment

Registration and incorporation

Funding bases and securement

Developing funding proposals


The objectives of the practicum for students to attain are the following:

Demonstrate knowledge of administrative procedures in a social service agency

Describe funding options for social service agencies and strategies for procuring funds

Demonstrate effective team skills

Consult with agency staff

Establish and manage goals, objectives and a work schedule related to an agency need


Assignments include an in-class presentation on a topic related to Student Learning Contract, completion of practicum contract and hours and a contracted/written assignment.

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CORE 589.02: Supervision in Community Practice

The content of the class includes topics in leadership, management types, conflict resolution, clinical supervision and performance appraisal. Students supervise agency staff, volunteers or students. Time commitment to the class includes a 130-hour practicum and a tutorial held every two weeks. Content of the tutorial includes:

Leadership and management as supervisory styles

Conflict resolution

Transition from direct service to supervisory positions

Planning and time management of staff supervision responsibilities

Clinical supervision models Appraisal alternatives

Dealing with change

Employee relations and communications


The objectives of the practicum for students to attain are the following:

Demonstrate knowledge of administrative procedures related to practicum

Analyze personal effectiveness as a supervisor

Demonstrate effective supervision skills

Establish and manage goals and objectives of supervision practicum


Assignments include a presentation to agency on a topic related to contract, completion of Student Learning Contract and practicum hours, and a reflective paper on supervisory experience.

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CORE 589.05: Becoming an Ally: New approaches to Case Management

Course content includes a team taught mentored practicum in case planning and management that values partnership with clients and other stakeholders. Course includes a 130-hour practicum and weekly lecture based classes. Subject material covered includes:

Historical, cultural and personal interpretation of such terms as: Client-driven, client-centered, client choice, dignity of risk, least intrusive, case and management gifts. Roles and responsibilities associated with each will be considered

Strategies to ensure client participation and leadership in conferencing (Conferencing for people who are illiterate, blind, deaf or medically fragile) e.g., PATH, videotaping, life-style and values, mapping based on familiar history

Strategies for facilitating a sense of cooperation and collaboration among conference team members and methods for handling differences of opinion

Assessment and Interventions historical, current and client centered approaches

Transition assessments one transition in depth

Goal planning and documentation

Monitoring and negotiating change within confines of funding, service guidelines


The objectives of the practicum for students to attain are the following:

Facilitate a client centered case conference

Prepare, implement and monitor a service or support plan

Demonstrate knowledge of funding alternatives related to assessment and service provision


Assignment is a formal documentation of case planning and implementation process and completion of practicum hours.

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CORE 589.06: Block Practicum in Community Rehabilitation

Content deals with topics in leadership, management types, conflict resolution, clinical supervision, performance appraisal needs analysis, proposal writing, fund procurement and innovative service design. Students work on a project for an agency or group, or supervise agency staff, volunteers or students. Needs and composition of the group determine content of this course. Students must complete a 130-hour practicum and attend weekly tutorials.

The objectives of the class are the following:

Demonstrate knowledge of administrative procedures related to practicum

Analyze personal effectiveness as a team member and supervisor

Demonstrate effective supervision skills

Establish and manage goals and objectives of supervision practicum


Assignments include a project presentation to the class, a contracted assignment for the agency and completion of Student Learning Contract and hours.

NOTE: Course outlines are subject to change prior to the beginning of each semester. Notice of courses content, objectives, and assignments will be given to students at the beginning of each class.

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

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