bshs415 | undergraduate

Field Experience I

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This is a 15-week course requiring at least 175 hours of field experience, or an average of 12 hours per week committed to a field placement site. Students will work in a human services setting under the supervision of a qualified professional. In addition to providing direct service, students will attend a weekly 2-hour class for faculty supervision and evaluation of core competency development. Typical activities of a field placement involve employing skills acquired so far in the program progression: conducting interviews, working directly with clients and groups, developing action plans and documenting. Students will complete Modules 13 and 14 of the MHF training.



This undergraduate-level course is 15 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 15 weeks

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    Human and Social Systems

    • Describe the stage of human development of the clients at your agency.

    • Explain the environmental factors influencing your agency’s clientele.

    Completing Your Intership

    • Identify future careers goals that have resulted from the internship experience.

    • Evaluate your learning experience and performance throughout the internship.

    • Outline a strategy to implement feedback and skills gained during the internship.

    • Discuss the importance of bringing closure to the relationship with your employer. 

    Ethics and Values for the Human Services Professional

    • Describe the legal and ethical standards practiced at your agency.

    • Evaluate ethical conflicts using an ethical decision-making model.

    • Differentiate between professional and personal boundaries with your agency’s clientele.

    Diversity and Special Populations

    • Discuss the importance of cultural awareness as it relates to your agency.

    • Explain why understanding of diversity is important for your role as a human services professional.

    • Identify uses of language and the connection to cultural competence.

    Delivery of Human Services

    • Describe the human service skills practiced by the professionals within your agency.

    • Evaluate your agency’s role within the community.

    Interpersonal Communication

    • Describe basic communication skills.

    • Differentiate between communicating with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

    Interviewing Skills

    • Differentiate between listening, clarifying, and integrating during the client interview process at your agency.

    • Apply interviewing techniques to help clients identify their experiences, issues and problems.

    Client Assessment Part 1: Process

    • Determine treatment plan goals with your client.

    • Explain the importance of incorporating your clients’ perspectives during the assessment phase.
    • Describe the assessment process used to understand client problems.

    Client Assessment Part 2: Planning

    • Identify clear, attainable, and measurable goals and objectives used to address the clients’ problems.

    • Develop a treatment plan incorporating your clients’ strengths and challenges.

    Client Assessment Part 3: Implementation

    • Identify ways in which your agency determines client services, resources, and support systems.

    • Determine responsibility and ownership for completion of client treatment goals and outcomes at your agency.

    Documentation

    • Explain the importance of maintaining accurate and comprehensive records at your agency.

    • Describe methods for ensuring that confidentiality and ethical standards are practiced at your agency.

    Human Service Information Management

    • Describe how technology is used at your agency.

    • Evaluate the appropriate use of client data, statistical information, and record keeping at your agency.

    Self-Development

    • Discuss the importance of staying current with educational resources and advancements in the field.

    • Discuss the educational resources available through your agency.

    • Explain the importance of self-development and self-awareness in enhancing your human services professional skills.

    Field Experience Standards

    • Discuss student responsibilities and expectations in field experience.

    • Identify the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) and the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) standards.

    • Explain the role of supervision.

    Knowing Your Agency

    • Explain how political and legislative changes have influenced client care at your agency.

    • Identify the range of problems facing the clients at your agency.

    • Explain how your agency engages the clients and the community in the helping process.

    • Identify the mission statement, goals, organizational structure, funding source, and community network of your agency.
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