Presentation on theme: "Your Learning Contract"— Presentation transcript:
1 Your Learning Contract Juliana West, MSW, PhD (Cand.) Maureen Kalloo, MSWFaculty of Social Work Faculty of Social WorkUniversity of Manitoba University of ManitobaRevised May 2012/ Al Curtis and Joan Churley
2 “The learning contract is due”If you are in placement 2 days a week your learning contract is due 4 weeks after start dateIf you are in placement 4 days a week your learning contract is due 3 weeks after start dateYour learning contract can be amended anytime2 days a week (4 weeks after start date) 4 days a week (3 weeks after start date)
3 What is the Learning Contract? A “roadmap” to guide the student and instructor in the learning process;It is a combination of what you want to learn, what the field instructor is willing to teach and what the agency is mandated to allow.Developed on a template of five categories:learning objectives;learning activities;resources;methods to measure objectives;timelinesThe learning contract is an opportunity for student in conjunction with the instructor to:Set goals for learning.Discuss expectations of sup Set goals for learning.Discuss expectations of supervision.Connect supervision to student learning and learning contract.
4 HOW do you prove that you have successfully achieved the objective LEARNING OBJECTIVES(Professional & Personal)LEARNING ACTIVITIESRESOURCES(Resource Aids)METHODS TO MEASURE OBJECTIVESOBJECTIVES ACCOMPLISHED22.214.171.124.5.WHATis to be learnedWHENtimelinesWHO/WHERE will you go/ask for help?HOWWill you learn this?What activities are required?HOW do you prove that you have successfully achieved the objective
5 HOW WHEN timelines HOW WHAT WHO/WHERE will you go/ask for help? Observables,hard proofHOWWHO/WHERE will you go/ask for help?WHATWHENtimelinesLEARNING OBJECTIVES(Professional & Personal)LEARNING ACTIVITIESRESOURCES(Resource Aids)METHODS TO MEASURE OBJECTIVESOBJECTIVES ACCOMPLISHEDFamiliarize myself with the mandate,structure, and legislation that govern the agency.Discuss with Field InstructorCFS Act,Adoption ActDiscuss interventions as related to mandateAttend monthly social work conferencesAttend courtRead CFS ActRead Adoption ActAttend Provincial Family CourtTalk to Field Instructor,lawyer,Crown AttorneyTo be able to identify how a case decision relates back to the mandate:Case notes,Process notesJournalingSupervisionSept/read actsOct attend courtNov case presentation re above to field instructorLINK to evaluation2.1It is important to remember that you do not have to discuss every competency, many are connected link to section 2.1 and 2.2 of field evaluation document
6 PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES 12345N/AUnsatisfactoryPerformanceMarginal OrInconsistentHas Understanding OfAnd Is Beginning ToUndertake ActionUsually Consistent AND Reliable Performance,Action IndependentlyBeginning To InitiateExceptional PerformanceThat Shows ConsistentInitiative And AnalyticAbilitiesNotApplicableUNSATISFACTORY (FAIL)SATISFACTORY (PASS)PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES2. EFFECTIVENESS WITHIN AGENCY AND COMMUNITYMIDTERMFINAL2.1 Understands the purpose, mandate, and function of the agency. (1)INSTRUCTORSTUDENT2.2 Is able to articulate the concerns of the client population serviced by the agency. (1)2.3 Understands the relationship between policy and practice as it relates to agency functions. (2)2.4 Understands the strengths and limitations of the service delivery system. (2)2.5 Is able to describe power structure and understands the lines of authority within the agency. (2)2.6 Develops effective working relationships with agency personnel. (2)2.7 Can describe linkage between agency and community. (2)2.8 Demonstrates a sound knowledge of community resources. (2)2.9 Refers people appropriately and effectively to community resources.(3)2.10 Develops effective working relationships with community residents and when necessary may be involved in conflict resolution with residents/clients, agency, and community. (4)
7 The Learning Activities Leave room for the student and the field instructor to be innovative.You can read about intervention with children and families but you can do far more.....Meet with the police, lawyers, psychologists, or anyone who is involved in the process of working with children and families.Shadow as many workers as possible and try documenting what you see by applying theory to practice ( this is a great way to learn and a great deal of discussion will occur at supervision between student and instructor.
8 ResourcesNetworking in the community and the office will provide students with valuable informationBring in your books from field focus and other courses and try to apply the theory to practice. What are you learning?
9 Deadlines, timelines, completions.... It is important that your learning contract be realistic and your learning goals be achievable and measurable.Ensure that the deadlines and timelines you incorporate into your learning contract are realistic.Remember you can always add to the learning contract.Students and Field instructors should discuss timelines and document when learning objectives have been achieved. (This is very helpful when midterm and final evaluations are due)
10 Field Instruction SWRK 4120 5. Learning ContractField Instruction SWRK 4120Administrative Arrangements(a) Scheduled placement days: __identify days and time Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-4:30_________(b) Meeting times with field instructor ___Tuesday Morning; Thursday Morning____9:00 to receive cases and debrief_______LEARNING OBJECTIVES(Professional & Personal)This is where you set your goals. What it is you would like to learn in your placement. What skills would you like to develop?Ensure that you connect your learning goals to your 3150 placement experience. Anything that was identified as an area for development in your 3150 could be identified in your new learning goal for 4120LEARNING ACTIVITIES(Tasks & Experience)Time LinesWhat is it that you will need to do, read, attend (conferences, training) to achieve the goal that you have just set. How long will it take to achieve the goal? Learning about Policy and procedures of the agency will take you the full term, reading the policies and procedures may take 2 hours. Identify time lines; what would you like to learn by mid term?RESOURCES(Resource Aids)What is it that you will need?Who will you have to meet with?Do you have to visit agencies to learn about their resources?METHODS TO MEASURE OBJECTIVES(Date/Comments)How will you know that you are achieving the goals that you have set? The goals should be tied into your evaluation. If you look on the evaluation form, the competencies identify skills that will be evaluated. How many reports do you need to write before you feel competent writing reports? How will you be given feedback? How will you measure improvement?OBJECTIVES ACCOMPLISHEDWhat will this look like? How will you know that you have accomplished the goal you just set?Comply with the standards in the code of ethicsRead the Code of ethicsUnderstand the difference between competency and capacity as it relates to right of choice.Code of ethicsConsultation and discussion with other social workersBe aware of the code of ethics and feel comfortable discussing them with my field instructor6. Complete a biopsychosocial assessment on clientsObserve field instructor administering an assessment from interview to final reportComplete an assessment on five clients.Weekly field instruction, consultation and review assessments. April 2012
11 METHODS TO MEASURE OBJECTIVES Sample 1 - Learning Contract (Evaluation Form Format)LEARNING OBJECTIVES(Personal)WHAT is to be learnedLEARNING ACTIVITIES(Tasks, Projects,Timelines)How will you learn thisRESOURCES(Resource Aids)METHODS TO MEASURE OBJECTIVES(Date/CommentsOBJECTIVES AACCOMPLISHED(Outcomes/1. Professional ValuesTo demonstrate respectful and ethical behaviour in all aspects of work at all levels of the organization and in the community-To take responsibility for professional developmentReading the CASW guidelines (Sept.)Participating in field orientation/asking questions, clarifying understanding (Sept.)Reviewing the agency’s policy manual (Sept)-Researching information about legislation and procedures governing the agency’s work (Sept.-Oct.)-Seeking out training opportunitiesField instructor and field supervisorOther agency staffAgency policies and procedures manualsInternet search re governing legislation and proceduresCASW Code of Ethics-Client and community feedback-Discussions with Field Instructor – integration of values and concepts in discussions, interpersonal communication, written reports-Log recordings and/orjournals-Reflections with Field Instructor-attendance and participation in training opportunities-Knowledge of CASW guidelines (Sept.)- Demonstration of ethical and respectful behaviour (ongoing)-Attendance & participation in Workshop on Refugee issues (Dec.) – contributed to the discussion and provided additional information2.Effectiveness with Agency and CommunityTo familiarize myself with the agency’s policies, programs, client population, programs and services population, programs,To learn about immigrant trends (includes refugees) and presenting issuesTo increase my knowledge of community resources for refugeesTo demonstrate ability to use appropriate boundaries in my work-Same as above; additionally:Reviewing the agency’s last annual reportDiscussing & reflecting on appropriate boundaries with my field instructorShadowing staff, asking questionsKeeping a log; using it for reflections with field instructorObserving (case consultation, committee meetings, a Board meeting)Agency policy and practice manualsAgency’s materials – annual report, program reports, filesField Instructor, supervisor, other staffInternet search re trends and issues facing refugeesManitoba Labour & ImmigrationVisits/discussions with relevant other agencies & services-Observation-Log recordings & reflections with Field InstructorClient and community feedback-Materials reviewed-Knowledge shown in discussions, in meetings, with clients, with other agencies-Knowledge of community resources-Understanding of, and ability to work within the agency’s policies procedures, & governing legislation,-Respectful and appropriate responses to refugees seeking services-Appropriate and relevant referral s and coordination with other community workers
12 (Professional & Personal) METHODS TO MEASURE OBJECTIVES Sample 2 – Learning Contract (Free-Flowing Format)LEARNING OBJECTIVES(Professional & Personal)LEARNING ACTIVITIES(Tasks, Projects,Timelines)RESOURCES(Resource Aids)METHODS TO MEASURE OBJECTIVES(Date/CommentsOBJECTIVES AACCOMPLISHED(Outcomes/To practice within professional ethicsReading the CASW guidelines (Sept.)Participating in field orientation/asking questions, clarifying understanding (Sept.)Reviewing the agency’s policy manual (Septt.)-Researching information about legislation and procedures governing the agency’s work (Sept.-Oct.)ETC.To take initiative for professional development-Reviewing the agency’s last annual report-Seeking out training opportunities-Shadowing staff at intakes –Attending a group activity with refugees-Observing (case consultation, committee meeting, a Board meeting)To learn how to work effectively with refugees in a supportive, respectful and appropriate manner-Shadowing - intakes (Sept.-Oct); counselling sessions(Nov.-Dec.)-Reviewing case files (Oct.-Dec.)
13 3150 4120 1 2 3 4 5 N/A 1. PROFESSIONAL VALUES UnsatisfactoryPerformanceMarginal orInconsistentHas Understanding OfAnd Is Beginning ToUndertake ActionUsually Consistent and Reliable Performance,Beginning To InitiateAction IndependentlyExceptional PerformanceThat Shows ConsistentInitiative And AnalyticAbilitiesNotApplicableUNSATISFACTORY (FAIL)SATISFACTORY (PASS)PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES1. PROFESSIONAL VALUESMIDTERMFINAL1.1 Verbalizes understanding and knowledge of Social Work principles and values. (1)INSTRUCTORSTUDENT1.2 Strictly complies with confidentiality guidelines. (1)1.3 Is able to provide information about services to the client. (1)1.4 Demonstrates non-prejudiced and respectful behaviour for diverse cultural norms, value systems, ethics, and moral beliefs in interaction with client groups, co-workers, and collateral systems. (2)1.5 Is committed to ongoing professional development. (2)1.6 Demonstrates the ability to differentiate the role and activities of social workers from other helping professionals. (2)1.7 Focuses on client empowerment, self determination and respects individuality. (3)1.8 Demonstrates sensitivity to ethical issues, seeking consultation as necessary. (3)1.9 Demonstrates ability to use and become comfortable with authority when appropriate; (a) agency purpose & program; (b) professional role. (3)1.10 Knows how to plan and organize field placement responsibilities. (3)1.11 Takes initiative and responsibility for all aspects of own professional role. (4)12345N/AUnsatisfactoryPerformanceMarginal orInconsistentHas Understanding OfAnd Is Beginning ToUndertake ActionUsually Consistent AndReliable Performance,Beginning To InitiateAction IndependentlyExceptional PerformanceThat Shows ConsistentInitiative And AnalyticAbilitiesNotApplicableUNSATISFACTORY (FAIL)SATISFACTORY (PASS)PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES1. PROFESSIONAL VALUESMIDTERMFINAL1.1 Verbalizes understanding and knowledge of Social Work principles and values. (1)INSTRUCTORSTUDENT1.2 Strictly complies with confidentiality guidelines. (1)1.3 Is able to provide information about services to the client. (1)1.4 Demonstrates non-prejudiced and respectful behaviour for diverse cultural norms, value systems, ethics, and moral beliefs in interaction with client groups, co- workers, and collateral systems. (2)1.5 Is committed to ongoing professional development. (2)1.6 Demonstrates the ability to differentiate the role and activities of social workers from other helping professionals. (2)1.7 Focuses on client empowerment, self determination and respects individuality. (3)1.8 Demonstrates sensitivity to ethical issues, seeking consultation as necessary. (3)1.9 Demonstrates ability to use and become comfortable with authority when appropriate; (a) agency purpose & program; (b) professional role. (3)Knows how to plan and organize field placement responsibilities. (3)Takes initiative and responsibility for all aspects of own professional role. (4)31504120
14 Effectiveness within agency and community 3150/4120 competencies evaluation criteria, examples…Effectiveness within agency and community2.1 (1) Purpose, mandate, and function of the agency;2.2 (1) Articulate the concerns of the client population ;2.3 (2) Relationship between policy and practice;2.4 (2) Strengths and limitations of the service;2.5 (2) Power structure and lines of authority;2.6 (2) Effective working relationships with agency personnel;2.7 (2) Describe linkage between agency and community;2.8 (2) Sound knowledge of community resources;
15 Tips… The electronic version allows for expanding boxes and revisions! One activity may meet several learning objectives;The learning contract should be developed by student and Field Instructor together.
16 Supervision is very important: Face to face: weekly: minimum of one to one and a half hours.Field Instructor/student is familiar with the evaluation form and should link this to the learning contract.Remember your time logsRemember your Professional Reflective Journals and the importance of sharing the journals during Supervision.
17 Feel free to JoanJoan will be reviewing your learning contracts and sending you commentsJoan is available to meet with you via ADOBE or Telephone conference to discuss your contract.We now have an electronic version, this can be found on our website
18 Thank You All forms are available on our website
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