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1 Juliana West, MSW, PhD (Cand.) Maureen Kalloo, MSW Faculty of Social Work University of Manitoba Revised May 2012/ Al Curtis and Joan Churley Your Learning Contract

2 The learning contract is due If you are in placement 2 days a week your learning contract is due 4 weeks after start date If you are in placement 4 days a week your learning contract is due 3 weeks after start date Your learning contract can be amended anytime

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; timelines

4 LEARNING OBJECTIVES (Professional & Personal) LEARNING ACTIVITIES RESOURCES (Resource Aids) METHODS TO MEASURE OBJECTIVES OBJECTIVES ACCOMPLISHED WHAT is to be learned WHAT is to be learned HOW Will you learn this? What activities are required? HOW Will you learn this? What activities are required? WHO/WHERE will you go/ask for help? HOW do you prove that you have successfully achieved the objective WHEN timelines WHEN timelines

5 LEARNING OBJECTIVES (Professional & Personal) LEARNING ACTIVITIES RESOURCES (Resource Aids) METHODS TO MEASURE OBJECTIVES OBJECTIVES ACCOMPLISHED Familiarize myself with the mandate, structure, and legislation that govern the agency. WHAT HOW o Discuss with Field Instructor o CFS Act, o Adoption Act o Discuss interventions as related to mandate o Attend monthly social work conferences o Attend court Read CFS Act Read Adoption Act Attend Provincial Family Court Talk to Field Instructor,lawyer,Crown Attorney WHO/WHERE will you go/ask for help? HOW Observables, hard proof To be able to identify how a case decision relates back to the mandate: Case notes, Process notes Journaling Supervision WHEN timelines WHEN timelines Sept/read acts Oct attend court Nov case presentation re above to field instructor LINK to evaluation 2.1

6 12345N/A Unsatisfactory Performance Marginal Or Inconsistent Performance Has Understanding Of And Is Beginning To Undertake Action Usually Consistent AND Reliable Performance, Beginning To Initiate Action Independently Exceptional Performance That Shows Consistent Initiative And Analytic Abilities Not Applicable UNSATISFACTORY (FAIL)SATISFACTORY (PASS) PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES 2. EFFECTIVENESS WITHIN AGENCY AND COMMUNITY MID TERM FINAL 2.1 Understands the purpose, mandate, and function of the agency. (1) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 2.2 Is able to articulate the concerns of the client population serviced by the agency. (1) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 2.3 Understands the relationship between policy and practice as it relates to agency functions. (2) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 2.4 Understands the strengths and limitations of the service delivery system. (2) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 2.5 Is able to describe power structure and understands the lines of authority within the agency. (2) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 2.6 Develops effective working relationships with agency personnel. (2) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 2.7 Can describe linkage between agency and community. (2) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 2.8 Demonstrates a sound knowledge of community resources. (2) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 2.9 Refers people appropriately and effectively to community resources.(3) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 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) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT

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 Resources Networking in the community and the office will provide students with valuable information Bring 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 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 4120 LEARNING ACTIVITIES (Tasks & Experience) Time Lines What 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) Time Lines 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 ACCOMPLISHED What 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 ethics Read the Code of ethics Understand the difference between competency and capacity as it relates to right of choice. Code of ethics Consultation and discussion with other social workers Be aware of the code of ethics and feel comfortable discussing them with my field instructor 6. Complete a biopsychosocial assessment on clients Observe field instructor administering an assessment from interview to final report Complete an assessment on five clients.Weekly field instruction, consultation and review assessments. April Learning Contract Field Instruction SWRK 4120 Administrative 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_______

11 LEARNING OBJECTIVES (Personal) WHAT is to be learned LEARNING ACTIVITIES (Tasks, Projects, Timelines) How will you learn this RESOURCES (Resource Aids) METHODS TO MEASURE OBJECTIVES (Date/Comments Timelines) OBJECTIVES A ACCOMPLISHED (Outcomes/ Timelines) 1. Professional Values -To 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 development - Reading the CASW guidelines (Sept.) -Participating in field orientation/asking questions, clarifying understanding (Sept.) -Reviewing the agencys policy manual (Sept) -Researching information about legislation and procedures governing the agencys work (Sept.-Oct.) -Seeking out training opportunities -Field instructor and field supervisor -Other agency staff -Agency policies and procedures manuals -Internet search re governing legislation and procedures -CASW 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/or journals -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 information 2.Effectiveness with Agency and Community -To familiarize myself with the agencys policies, programs, client population, programs and services population, programs, -To learn about immigrant trends (includes refugees) and presenting issues -To increase my knowledge of community resources for refugees -To demonstrate ability to use appropriate boundaries in my work -Same as above; additionally: -Reviewing the agencys last annual report -Discussing & reflecting on appropriate boundaries with my field instructor -Shadowing staff, asking questions -Keeping a log; using it for reflections with field instructor -Observing (case consultation, committee meetings, a Board meeting) -Agency policy and practice manuals -Agencys materials – annual report, program reports, files -Field Instructor, supervisor, other staff -Internet search re trends and issues facing refugees -Manitoba Labour & Immigration -Visits/discussions with relevant other agencies & services -Observation -Log recordings & reflections with Field Instructor -Client 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 agencys policies procedures, & governing legislation, -Respectful and appropriate responses to refugees seeking services -Appropriate and relevant referral s and coordination with other community workers Sample 1 - Learning Contract (Evaluation Form Format)

12 LEARNING OBJECTIVES (Professional & Personal) LEARNING ACTIVITIES (Tasks, Projects, Timelines) RESOURCES (Resource Aids) METHODS TO MEASURE OBJECTIVES (Date/Comments Timelines) OBJECTIVES A ACCOMPLISHED (Outcomes/ Timelines) To practice within professional ethics - Reading the CASW guidelines (Sept.) -Participating in field orientation/asking questions, clarifying understanding (Sept.) -Reviewing the agencys policy manual (Septt.) -Researching information about legislation and procedures governing the agencys work (Sept.-Oct.) ETC. To take initiative for professional development -Researching information about legislation and procedures governing the agencys work (Sept.-Oct.) -Reviewing the agencys 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) ETC. 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.) ETC. Sample 2 – Learning Contract (Free-Flowing Format)

13 12345N/A Unsatisfactory Performance Marginal or Inconsistent Performance Has Understanding Of And Is Beginning To Undertake Action Usually Consistent and Reliable Performance, Beginning To Initiate Action Independently Exceptional Performance That Shows Consistent Initiative And Analytic Abilities Not Applicable UNSATISFACTORY (FAIL)SATISFACTORY (PASS) PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES 1. PROFESSIONAL VALUES MID TERM FINAL 1.1 Verbalizes understanding and knowledge of Social Work principles and values. (1) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.2 Strictly complies with confidentiality guidelines. (1) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.3 Is able to provide information about services to the client. (1) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 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) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.5 Is committed to ongoing professional development. (2) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.6 Demonstrates the ability to differentiate the role and activities of social workers from other helping professionals. (2) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.7 Focuses on client empowerment, self determination and respects individuality. (3) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.8 Demonstrates sensitivity to ethical issues, seeking consultation as necessary. (3) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.9 Demonstrates ability to use and become comfortable with authority when appropriate; (a) agency purpose & program; (b) professional role. (3) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.10 Knows how to plan and organize field placement responsibilities. (3) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.11 Takes initiative and responsibility for all aspects of own professional role. (4) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 12345N/A Unsatisfactory Performance Marginal or Inconsistent Performance Has Understanding Of And Is Beginning To Undertake Action Usually Consistent And Reliable Performance, Beginning To Initiate Action Independently Exceptional Performance That Shows Consistent Initiative And Analytic Abilities Not Applicable UNSATISFACTORY (FAIL)SATISFACTORY (PASS) PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES 1. PROFESSIONAL VALUES MID TERM FINAL 1.1 Verbalizes understanding and knowledge of Social Work principles and values. (1) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.2 Strictly complies with confidentiality guidelines. (1) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.3 Is able to provide information about services to the client. (1) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 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) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.5 Is committed to ongoing professional development. (2) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.6 Demonstrates the ability to differentiate the role and activities of social workers from other helping professionals. (2) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.7 Focuses on client empowerment, self determination and respects individuality. (3) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.8 Demonstrates sensitivity to ethical issues, seeking consultation as necessary. (3) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.9 Demonstrates ability to use and become comfortable with authority when appropriate; (a) agency purpose & program; (b) professional role. (3) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.10 Knows how to plan and organize field placement responsibilities. (3) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT 1.11 Takes initiative and responsibility for all aspects of own professional role. (4) INSTRUCTOR STUDENT

14 2.Effectiveness within agency and community 2.1 (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 logs Remember your Professional Reflective Journals and the importance of sharing the journals during Supervision.

17 Feel free to Joan Joan will be reviewing your learning contracts and sending you comments Joan 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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