In the second practicum, students will be able to move back and forth between classroom study and the reality of direct practice. It is expected that students will achieve even stronger integration between classroom learning and field instruction, particularly in relating their social work studies to their practicum. Given that students have already had their initial exposure of working as a staff member in a social work agency, the novelty of taking up a social work role in a social work agency will diminish and they will be less preoccupied with adjustment to the practicum setting. Thus, students are expected to concentrate more in advancing their practice competence which may now build on a broadened and more differentiated knowledge base with special focus on theoretical systems underlying specific practice approaches/models and how they are translated into client-specific and setting-specific social work interventions.
This course aims to enable students to
- Discover practice theory by generalizing from practice experiences;
- Assess critically the application of knowledge and skills in practice;
- Develop competence in performing the professional role and staff role in host agencies;
- Develop competence as a reflective professional practitioner.