SS2832: Practice Placement - Initiating, Developing, Maintaining and Ending a Helping Relationship

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 17, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2 and 3.
Teaching Methods: 5 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 4hr(s) Other (supervision sessions); 2hr(s) Tutorials (plus 7 hrs Child Protection Training); 1hr(s) Other (3 way meeting); 150hr(s) Placements (plus 100 hrs self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, HSE South Placement Coordinator.
Module Objective: The aim of this placement module is to facilitate students learning how to apply theory to practice and implement the National Rehabilitation framework protocols in a practice setting and to reflect on that experience with a supervisor.
Module Content: Students will be orientated to the service policies, practices and procedural guidelines. Students will have an opportunity to shadow an experienced practitioner and, depending on the individual and circumstances, may have an opportunity to carry out practical tasks in the agency. Students wil learn about receiving referrals and preparing for initial contact with a service user. Meeting with and engaging a service user while developing a rapport with regard given to the context and location. Students will be exposed to practice while under supervision, the opening of a session, goal setting, prioritising within a practice cycle of exploring and understanding service user needs and facilitating a change process.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an ability to engage effectively within the placement organisation.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the various theories of addiction implemented in addiction service provision settings across the 4-Tier system in the Placement Report.
  • Apply the principles and practices of the National Drug Rehabilitation Framework with an emphasis on the regional case-management and interagency shared case protocols for Cork and Kerry.
  • Develop the basis for professional practice within community-based addiction services.
  • Manage their own time and carry out specific agency responsibilities and tasks including record keeping and other administrative tasks and utilise supervisory processes.
  • Develop effective methods of recording practice through the completion of the Placement Report.
Assessment: Placement Report 2,000 words; 10 minute Placement Presentation OR in the case where placement cannot occur (Extensive Case Study of Agency 3,000 words; 10 minute Oral Presentation) PASS/FAIL *This assessment will be an option for students who cannot complete the Placement and related assignments.
Compulsory Elements: Completion of supervised placement, Placement Report, satisfactory Supervisor Placement Report.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Work which is submitted late shall be assigned a mark of zero (or a Fail Judgement in the case of Pass/Fail modules).
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: A Pass/Fail judgement.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (Students may, at the discretion of the Examination Board, repeat Placement once only over a 4 week period. Students failing repeat placement must withdraw from the programme).

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