2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Dec 05, 2023  
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SSMH 201 Social Service-Mental Health Field Experience 1 (5 credits)



Prerequisite SSMH 100, SSMH 170, AND SSMH 215 with a grade of 2.0 or better, or instructor permission.

Course Description
A career-related work experience, under qualified supervision, introducing the student in application of professional/technical knowledge, values, and skills as preparation for employment in the social service-mental health field.

Student Outcomes
Knowledge competency areas
1. Complete 120 hours of service in a social service-mental health agency, with an emphasis on direct client contact, under the supervision of a human service professional.
2. Develop an individualized learning plan, which outlines a set of measurable and observable outcomes that will be accomplished by the end of the field experience, in consultation with the agency supervisor and a faculty member of the Social Service/Mental Health program.
3. Maintain a log of hours and a journal which documents the ability to reflect upon significant aspects of the field including the following: respect for client confidentiality, the ability to use recognized interviewing skills, the ability to make such basic assessments as would be included in a formal or informal mental status examination and/or activities of daily living (ADLs), adherence to agency policies, compliance with federal and state laws governing human services, participation in treatment and/or service teams, articulation with various community agencies and programs.
4. Make at least one satisfactory case presentation in which the student identifies and explains associations between concepts and skills previously learned in the classroom and that which is being learned in the field experience setting.
5. Reflect upon and respond to a formal evaluation of their performance, completed by their field site supervisor.
6. Complete a self evaluation of the field experience, based upon completion of the outcomes articulated in the learning plan, their own subjective impressions, as well as feedback from peers, supervisor, and the instructor.
7. Develop a professional resume aimed at summarizing his or her educational and experience qualifications for employment in the fields of social service and/or mental health.



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