PSW109 - Community Experience Practicum

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Subject Title
Community Experience Practicum

Subject Description
This clinical experience provides an opportunity for students to acquire the knowledge and skills to care for clients in various types of community settings.

Credit Status
One subject credit toward the Personal Support Worker Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Apply theory learned in the classroom to the community placement with evidence of decision making based on sound knowledge base.

2. Accept and follow the directions of the client within the parameters of the supervising agency.

3. Further enhance and reinforce basic skills through practice in the community setting.

4. Set priorities according to own client assignment with flexibility in resetting them when necessary.

5. Communicate clearly to the appropriate community resources.

6. Implement effective time management skills and work habits.

7. Identify and respond to the physical and emotional needs of the client.

8. Practice good effective home management skills.

9. Perform role as it relates to the community.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

All of the following must be completed:

1.  Completion of PSW112
2.  BCLS Level C and Standard First Aid
3.  Completed Seneca Medical Certificate
4.  Criminal Record Screen

Topic Outline

Topic Outline

1. Assess Client's Needs
  • Collects pertinent data from available sources, including taking change-of-shift report
  • Describes basic physical and psychosocial needs of the client
  • Recognizes obvious changes in these basic needs
  • Explains basic principles of skills
  • Adapts to age, culture and different diseases 
2. Plan Client Care Plan 
  • Begins to think in advance, predict and manage problems
  • With guidance, utilizes the client care plan and shift report to determine appropriate client care and goals for the shift 
  • With assistance, sets priorities to reach these goals 
  • Gives rationale for care provided 
  • Locates and uses suitable facilities and equipment in provision of client care 
3. Implement Client Care Plan 
  • Methodical - works in reasonable time 
  • Organizes work assignments and with guidance, set principles based on client's needs
  • Identifies changes in priorities and with guidance reorganize care accordingly 
  • Performs skills utilizing proper techniques and principles 
  • Implements care, providing for the safety and well-being of the client 
  • Communicates with client - empathetic and appropriate to age 
4. Evaluate
  • Assess effectiveness of care given 
  • Assist with the development of alternative interventions and approaches as necessary 
5. Roles as Team Member
  • Adheres to school/agency policies concerning dress code and illness 
  • Is punctual and reliable in reporting to the clinical facility 
  • Is accountable for own actions 
  • Consistently maintains the expected standard of performance with or without supervision 
  • Initiates active problem solving 
  • Recognizes the need for help and guidance and seeks it from appropriate personnel 
  • Reports errors immediately to appropriate health care team member 
  • Uses direction and maintains confidentiality with information
  • Presents detailed individualized verbal and written report to the team


Mode of Instruction
1.   Practical experience 
2.   Scheduled discussions or meetings with Seneca Faculty Supervisor

Prescribed Texts
* Mosby's Canadian Textbook for the Support Worker by Sheila Sorrentino, Elsevier Canada (3rd edition)
* Mosby's Workbook to Accompany Mosby's Textbook for the Support Worker by Sheila Sorrentino, Elsevier Canada (3rd edition)

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Modes of Evaluation
Criteria for evaluation of the student in the clinical setting will be based on satisfactory performance of expected behaviours as outlined in the Field Placement Progress Report. 
A skills checklist will also be provided for each student.  This list contains the skills that P.S.W students will be expected to perform.  In addition, the checklist will assist in the learning process, by providing a record for the student and the instructor .  This record can be utilized in the selection of appropriate assignments and in identifying the student's strength and areas where more practice is required. 
It is recognized that not all students will have the opportunity to practice every skill that is listed in the Skills Checklist.  However, it is expected that they will be knowledgeable in the basic principles. 
Written Assignments will be included. 

Grading Scheme 

Satisfactory      - In all areas of the expected behaviours, the student's performance is safe and at the expected level of                               achievement for the particular point in the program.   Assignments are completed and meet the expectation of                              the course.
Unsatisfactory  - The student's performance pattern is inadequate in one or more areas of the areas of expected behaviour.                                     Unsatisfactory assignments and attendance concerns.

Midterm and Final Progress Report

In order to successfully complete the PSW 112 field placement experience, a student must SATISFACTORILY complete all criteria in the evaluation.   Halfway through the placement, a student will receive a mid-term evaluation. At the end of the placement a student who receives a  SATISFACTORY GRADE  will successfully have completed PSW109 field placement.

Attendance is mandatory.

Approved by: Lisa Somers