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Home Life and Care Practicum III

Location: 
Curative Education Program, Glenmoore, PA; Social Therapy Program, Copake, NY; Soquel, CA; N. Vancouver, BC; and instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.
Length: 
Minimum 600 hours of guided practicum (30 weeks), 15 hours of mentor meetings, and 30 hours of house team meetings.
Dates: 
September 2005 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Child Care: Upon successful completion, students will be able to: carry oversight of the basic hygiene needs and clothing of all children/adults with support needs in their house; maintain ongoing awareness of the emotional and psychological well-being of individuals in one's care; take initiative, based on the emotional/psychological needs of the individuals in their care; and instruct and supervise less experienced co-workers in routine aspects of personal care. Curative Attitude: Students will be pursue a diagnostic understanding; observe and recognize the effects of curative exercises and activities; participate in creating therapeutic living situations; develop ideas for curative exercises and activities and implement them in consultation with house parents; and create a curative atmosphere through the practice of self-discipline and self-education. Instruction: Students will be able to instruct new co-workers in carrying out instructional activities with children/adults and plan and develop instructional activities for individuals in the house in communication with house parents. Health Care: Students will assume responsibility for the care of a sick child/adult; recognize situations where professional medical attention is needed and take appropriate initiative in consultation with house parent. Festivals: Students will be able to: articipate in festival meetings and planning for one of the major festivals of the year and show an understanding of the background of the various festivals. Religious Life: Students will be able to explore ones personal relationship to the religious life of the community. Awareness for House Community: Students will be aware of other co-workers and support them as needed; keep an overview of house activities and replace house parents from time to time, as needed. Social Skills, Team Work and Leadership: Students will be able to give guidance and supervision to newcomers regarding routine elements of personal care and household management, in consultation with house parents and  show commitment to the social well being of the house community by supporting all members in working through social difficulties and taking an active role in conflict resolution. Home Management Skills: Students will develop a balanced meal plan/menu; create and uphold a tidy and beautiful home environment; take responsibility for all aspects of house shopping; and explain to less experienced co-workers the importance of a well-kept home environment in curative education/social therapy. Economics: Students will share responsibility and awareness for house budget with house parents. Formal Responsibilities: Students will participate in writing and reviewing IEPs/individual support plans; goals; write annual house reports for individual children or adults with guidance from house parents; and actively implement relevant policies.

Instruction: 

Having become more secure and confident in their work with a particular group of children/adults, students in Home Life and Care Practicum III are asked to take on responsibilities for all individuals with support needs in their household, transferring their knowledge and experience of caring for their own group to caring for others. Students are relied on to support the houseparent in various tasks with increased responsibility and independence. Students are expected to exercise initiative while working collaboratively with their mentor/lead houseparent, which includes participating in development of IEPs/individual support plans, organizing social and recreational activities and preparing the house for seasonal festivals under the guidance of the houseparent. Students are challenged to work with less direct supervision and grow into the role of a substantial support member of the house team.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours as Guided Practice in Curative Education, Residential Care and Management, Human Services, Social Work, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/07) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation).

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