ISWK 440

Community Learning

Course details

Integration of theory and practice within the context of the community learning placement.

Elders often advise that when we move beyond discussing concepts and begin to embody our knowledge, we are moving closer to that state of "coming to know our heart." The community learning education component is designed to offer students practical and supervised opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge they require to become competent and ethical generalist practitioners. 

The integrative seminar will facilitate the student's integration of prior learning into their community learning experiences. Students will have an opportunity to reflect upon their community learning experiences in a supportive environment to explore the relationship between social work theory and social work practice. The group setting of the seminar allows students to learn from each other and take advantage of peer support through group discussions and by being prepared to share, listen to classmates, provide honest feedback, and respect confidentiality.

Students will participate in collaborative discussions regarding professional issues, practice situations, and ethical dilemmas from their community learning placement settings. Students are expected to integrate knowledge and skills from (to seek balance) Indigenous social work framework into their own developing practice framework. Emphasis will be placed on integrating social work practice methods (to be in good life) with personal and professional development. Critically reflect upon their own and others' practice experience. Engage in a collaborative learning process. And demonstrate competence in critical thinking and translating theory into practice to consider the economic, social, and political dynamics that impact the delivery of social services.

Integrative seminar learning activities include identifying strategies for developing a social work model of practice founded upon diverse Indigenous knowledge. Utilize Indigenous ways of knowing to inform practice and competency in the community to restore collective healing and well-being. Students will engage in experiential learning and building skills through interaction, self-reflection, case discussion, and transaction among the instructor and students. These seminars occur on a scheduled basis and all students are expected to attend and participate fully. 

Students who successfully complete this course will be provided with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills required to develop and strengthen their professional identity as an Indigenous social worker. 

6 Credits

Course prerequisites:

ISWK 340

This course is featured in the following Yellowhead Tribal College programs: