Service Learning Experience Report Emily Mathieson 5507124 CHYS 2P15 Discussion Group 8 Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 This final report aims to summarize my service learning experiences and what I have learned throughout this service learning opportunity. Beginning with an overview of my service learning setting, and many of my experiences, then moving onto analyzing two of my critical learning incidents and finally concluding with what lessons I have learned.
Before deciding where I wanted to do my service learning, I knew I wanted to do something that had some relevance to my degree that I will be receiving in healthcare management. I was eager to gain more experience and become more knowledgeable of how an organization operates as it relates to healthcare management. I was able to secure an opportunity to volunteer at the Dallas Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital. After completing the required VA forms, I got partnered with Mr. Alonzo Price Jr. who is a Management Analyst in Ambulatory Care, which is the department that oversees the Primary Care Providers.
The critical difference of service learning and the traditional learning style is that students are learning and addressing real needs in the community. Which connect students to the community through meaningful interactions with others, safety, and educational needs. This specific course includes readings, discussions, and activities to support
Service Learning Synthesis Paper Stacie Valley Ferris State University Abstract A Service Learning project is one of the project requirements to complete the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree through Ferris State University (FSU). My Service Learning experience was completed at the VA Medical Center (VAMC) in November, 2014. This paper includes details of the facility along with the contact information for the coordinator of the project. A description of my role as a volunteer, critical reflection of my experience, and a synthesis of the Service Learning are also included.
Future Social Workers needs to look within themselves, so they will not get in their way while helping people in whatever setting. I already understand with unwavering clarity these lessons. I also know I cannot help everyone. Being in school will help me find my way to the group or population I will be most suited to partake or facilitate
Over the course of the past few years, I have been very blessed to have professional experiences that reinforced my interest in social work. In 2014, I worked as a guidance counselor and learning support intern at St. Pius Elementary school in Greensboro, North Carolina. In the guidance-counseling department, I assisted with counseling appointments with children in grades K-8. We often discussed topics
My service-learning practicum takes place in the community setting at Connaught Elementary School in St. Catharines. At Connaught, I am doing a one-on-one mentorship with a grade eight student to help her with her transition into high school. I am at the school twice a week for a half hour; however this position requires a lot of pre planning outside of the school, in order to effectively help her with her transition. My tasks include preparing different activities for each time I go into placement. Our first few weeks consisted of preparing a resume for my student so that in 2-3 years when it comes time that she starts applying to part-time jobs she has a resume already put together, which she can add things and take things away from. Along with resume preparation, we have done a job interview role-play where I am the interviewer and she is the interviewee. In this time, we have had fun days where she would make popcorn, with two other students, and sell it to other classmates. My student has had a lot of problems with a bully, and she has an issue of being assertive to other people- meaning she finds it difficult to state her opinions and she easily gives in to other people. With that, I brought two jars from home and I turned them into “problem” and “solution” jars where we filled each up with a problem and a few solutions to that problem. My position is extremely important because I am a mentor to this student and our relationship involves support, patience, and
Integrated Service-Learning Experience In the summer of 2014, I started as a volunteer tutor for the Youth Tutoring Program
I participated in service learning at Fraser school in Richfield. Starting in September I helped out in a toddler age classroom every Thursday. Fraser school is a preschool setting for infants and toddlers. Besides getting the children kindergarten ready and offering a somewhat typical day of daycare/school, Fraser offers occupational,
This year I am working with students in a Junior High school, offering support services. The ages range from 11 to 15 years. When working with this population, you are faced with many challenges. Some students are open to the experience while others are apprehensive. My experience thus far has had several revealing moments where excellent supervision had an impact on my internship. Shulman (2008), states that supervision of students and practitioners is central to social work. He also states that central to the process is the idea of one professional with more knowledge, skill, and experience guiding practice and development of another with less. I am greatly appreciative of having a supervisor that listens, guides and challenges me to explore.
Meadow View Elementary School was my practicum site for my Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). The assigned unit, was the Family Resource Center (FRC) which is a government funded agency. Erica Scott is the FRC Coordinator at Meadow View Elementary School, while completing the practicum, Erica Scott demonstrated the epitome of a great social worker. The social work profession requirements include: Being flexible as knowing how to prioritize and complete several tasks at once is crucial to getting things done in an effective and efficient manner. Empathy, seeing that the students/families are hurting and trying to help them to cope and move forward. Trustworthiness, as a result the students/families are more apt to be relaxed and open with her as they feel they can trust the coordinator with vital information and active listening, Scott’s knack to listen prudently, ask appropriate questions and retain verbally transmitted information is fundamental to opening doors and discovering valuable details about the students/families who seek help as a result understanding the students/families unique circumstances since the primary goal of the FRC is to “remove nonacademic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success. The mission is to enhance students’ ability to succeed in school by developing and sustaining partnerships that promote early learning and successful transition to school, academic achievement and well-being, and graduation and transition into adult
The first two chapters in School Social Worker: A Direct Practice Guide, by JoAnn Jarolmen, overviews the history, the theoretical frameworks along with interventions used, and what a typical day can entail for school social workers. An important legislation, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990, assisted the social workers in establishing their place in the schools through the services they provided (p. 3). Overtime, the job focus of the school social workers became broader and encompassed the emotional and environmental influences of the students. Subsequently, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in 1955 recognized school social workers as a specialty (p 3). Generally, school social workers practice through
Throughout my service learning, I have mainly experienced working with children, at all different levels of skill set. There are several children in my classroom, who have Individualized Education Programs (IEP). I have worked with most of these particular students in small groups. One student I have spent a quality
As I begin to drive into Henderson’s Counseling Children text, I get an understanding that most of my previous experience with children has been a mere scratch of the surface. I took this course with the intentions of deepening my understanding of professional social work practice in counseling children. However, as I began the text, I now understand there are many other areas I will be subjected to including, but not limited to: policy, advocacy, therapies, counseling methods, crisis management and intervention, etc.
Introduction Social work within the school system is an important and necessary asset to have. It helps many students with a severity of problems that children and adolescents face, whether it be at home or at the school itself. The role of the social worker is to establish a working relationship between the school and the family. In addition, they also help make sure that the child’s needs are met, whether it be their academic achievement, social, emotional and behavioural competence. By observing the child in its environment, they establish what needs that child might have and they figure out how they can utilize that perspective on the child to ensure that they perform to the best of their abilities academically or socially. We are looking at the different polices and job duties that a social worker faces while working in a school, whether it is a child with mental health related issues or a child with learning disabilities.