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The purpose of SWB314 Human Services Practice Placement 2 is to prepare you for employment as a competent human services professionals. This unit enables you to further develop professionalism: notably your communication, assessment and intervention skills along with their your own practice framework while undertaking 350 hours of work practice in a human services agency supervised by an experienced practitioner. The development of a Learning Plan (LP) will provide guidance in achieving the core competencies required for effective human service practice. You are able to undertake your placement in urban, regional, rural, national or international arenas. Overseas travel documents must be completed prior to approval being given for overseas placement. Students wishing to undertake a regional or overseas placement must contact the Field Education Unit Team at least 6 months prior to the semester their placement is planned for.
The purpose of SWB314 Human Services Practice Placement 2 is to prepare you for employment as a competent human services professional. This unit enables you to further develop your assessment and intervention skills along with your own practice framework while undertaking 350 hours of work practice in a human services agency supervised by an experienced practitioner. The development of a Learning Plan (LP) will provide guidance in achieving the core competencies required for effective human service practice.
You are able to undertake your placement in urban, regional, rural, national or international arenas. Overseas travel documents must be completed prior to approval being given for overseas placement. Students wishing to undertake a regional or overseas placement must contact the Field Education Unit Team at least 6 months prior to the semester their placement is planned for.
This is a designated unit.
Designated units include professional experience units, units requiring the development of particular skills, and units requiring demonstration of certain personal qualities, and are deemed to be critical to progress in your course. Students who receive two fail grades in a designated unit will receive an unsatisfactory academic performance notice and could be excluded from the course. Supplementary assessment is not available on designated units.
This unit aims to provide you with a self-directed learning opportunity in which to develop your human services practice knowledge, skills and cultural sensitivity, particularly in relation to:
The learning outcomes in this unit are the achievement of a level of competency or higher in relation to the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) core competencies for professional practice which were introduced to you in your initial professional practice unit along with the learning outcomes.
To successfully complete this unit, you will:
1. Practise social welfare in an ethical manner in accordance with values and ethics of the profession;
2. Communicate with a broad spectrum of people and organisations using appropriate techniques and media;
3. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate programs, projects and work programs with clients;
4. Plan, organise and carry out work autonomously and as part of a team;
5. Use your personal attributes to effect in dealings with clients, colleagues, employers and the general community and demonstrate an awareness of both formal and informal societal structures and systems and their implications for clients, workers and community services organisations.
Learning outcomes link to:
ACWA Core competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
ACWA Field Placement Requirements (HE level courses): 1-10
You are exposed to practice realities and dilemmas in your first placement (SWB208 or SWB201), having explored one or more agency contexts, practice interventions and the skills required to practice in these areas. This unit continues that developmental process, albeit in a more intensive and directed manner. You are required to hold a valid Blue Card (Working with Children Check) and provide evidence of Hepatitis B immunity, along with other required immunisations, before commencing placement in QHealth and hospital placements.
The placement opportunity is guided by the development of a comprehensive Professional Learning Plan (LP) that specifies learning goals and tasks consistent with the ACWA core competencies, in consultation with your agency supervisor and university liaison staff.
The unit consists of:
· Three hundred and fifty (350) hours of direct practice experience in a human services agency with supervision by an experienced practitioner;
· Pre and during placement compulsory integration workshops that prepare you for placement and provide opportunities for ongoing support, assistance and direction in your learning.
· Ongoing liaison by a member of the university staff and regular contact, both in person and online, to provide support to both student and supervisor; and
· Peer support, both informal as directed by the students, and formal as part of the university workshop activities.
The placement unit focuses on integrating the practice and theoretical aspects of the Human Services degree, providing you with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in working in human services organisations in a real world setting.
You will undertake experiential learning strategies in your agency setting in conjunction with the four interactive workshops that you must attend. This unit is taught under a blended learning approach whereby you will access a range of learning materials via Blackboard including lecture notes, podcasts and readings. Discussion boards will enable you to share your placement experiences and learnings with your peers. Workshops will provide hands-on interactive activities aimed at gaining practical and real-life work-related skills, beneficial to human service practice.
You must enrol in the unit and attend a planning/preparation workshop and pre placement interviews approximately five months prior to the commencement of placement. You are emailed information about an information workshop and interview dates and must comply with the process to ensure the university is able to secure you an appropriate agency. This process has been established to enable sufficient time to organise a suitable placement to meet the needs of each student.
QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.
A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.
Cleak, H., & Wilson, J. (2007).
Making the most of field placement (3rd ed.). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.
Chenoweth, L. & McAuliffe, D. (2012).
The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice (2nd ed.). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.
Maidment, J., & Egan, R. (Eds.). (2009).
Practice skills in social work and welfare: More than just common sense (2nd ed.). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
While there is no set text for this unit you are encouraged to purchase one of the above. Also an extensive reference list can be found on the unit Blackboard site. Appropriate reference materials will be handed out at the student workshops. If you have received advanced standing for SWB201 (or its antirequisite) it is important that you examine the reading list for that unit prior to the commencement of Human Services Practice Placement 2.
You will be required to participate in 350 hours of off-campus practice experience. When undertaking field education placements you are automatically subject to the Workplace Health and Safety Policies, Procedures and Regulations operating within these particular agencies. You are required by law to comply with these policies and procedures at all times. Measures undertaken to minimise risks encountered during the off-campus field education placement include: