SWL347 - Field Work Seminar III

Outline info
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Subject Title
Field Work Seminar III

Subject Description
The fieldwork seminar has a two-fold purpose.  First it gives the students an opportunity to discuss their learning experiences in the field with the faculty and each other and to relate them to the academic part of the curriculum.
The second purpose is to develop professional attitudes, examine feelings about specific learning experiences, develop self-awareness, and relate to others with insight, empathy and understanding.  Students will develop their knowledge of the field of social services in general in order to understand the implications of the worker?s role in service delivery.
Add to the students? use of technology within Social Service Work

Credit Status
One credit in the Social Service Worker Diploma Program. Students must successfully complete both theory (SWL347) and fieldwork (SWL357) to receive a credit in both subjects. Failure in one will result in failure in both subjects.

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

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:
1) Identify social service worker skills competency
2) Identify social service worker supervisor’s role in practice development
3) Demonstrate constructive use of field supervision
4) Identify challenging emotions encountered during field practice
5) Identify resources for resolving challenging emotions during field practice
6) Identify values and ethics require within intra agency interaction
7) Demonstrate productive intra agency/organizational interaction skills
8) Demonstrate the ability to function as an active member of a consultation group.
9) Actively reflect on the professional and personal significance of the
themes emerging through field experience.
10) Analyze the structure of one social service work agency/organization
11) Analyze one social service work agency/organization’s programs
12) Demonstrate on-line social service worker collaborative research

Aligned with Employability Skills
1 Communication
2 Numeracy
3 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
4 Information Management
5 Interpersonal
6 Personal
Aligned with Vocational Outcomes SSW
1 Develop and maintain professional relationships which adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work
2 Identify strengths, resources, and challenges of individuals, families, groups, and communities to assist them in achieving their goals
3 Recognize diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families, and communities to promote accessible and responsive programs and services.
4 Identify current social policy, relevant legislation, and political, social, and/or economic systems and their impacts on service delivery
5 Advocate for appropriate access to resources to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities.
6 Develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and community partners.
7 Develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self-care, improved job performance, and enhanced work relationships
8  Integrate social group work and group facilitation skills across a wide range of environments, supporting growth and development of individuals, families, and communities.
9 Work in communities to advocate for change strategies that promote social and economic justice and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.
[*select elements of each standard are met through SSW 347-H, but not all elements]

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 http://library.senecacollege.ca 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 student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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 Module 2 subjects and SSW312

SWK 357 

Topic Outline

  1. Counselling Skills
  2. Confidentiality
  3. Burn Out
  4. Supervision
  5. Intake and Assessment
  6. Case Scenarios
  7. Practicum Related Issues:
    • Case Management
    • Time Management
    • Conflict Resolution

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, readings, small group discussion, role play, and assignments.

Prescribed Texts
Pearson Custom Social Work, Pearson, ISBN # 978-0-558-73108-3

Reference Material

Required Supplies

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 (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:

To pass this subject, students must achieve the learning outcomes specified in this subject outline.  This achievement is determined through the completion of all subject components.  Students must pass both term work and final exam or final assignment (if the final assignment is in lieu of the final exam) in order to pass the subject.

If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.


All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

All assignments must be correctly documented using APA and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise noted.

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.


Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty.

For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy http://www.senecac.on.ca/academic-policy/acpol-08.html.

NOTE: A final grade is given at the end of placement after the second semester. Students must keep a copy of all final assignments submitted, as originals are not returned. "Students must successfully complete field placement and accompanying fieldwork seminar to receive a passing grade."

Grading is based on the following marking scheme: 

Semester 1  
Learning Contract 20%
Case Study - Group Presentation 30%
Semester 2  
Professional Portfolio 30%
Learning Contract Evaluation 20%
Total 100%

Note:  SWL347 and SWK357 run concurrently over 2 semesters.  Students both SWL347 and SWK357 at the same time.  Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and complete all placement hours by the end of the semester - failure to do so may affect the student's ability to recieve a passing grade in these subjects.

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.


Approved by: Sandra Noble