HS-208, Human Services Program Fieldwork II
Course Syllabus, continued
HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Semester/Year: Spring 2013
I.Course Code:HS 208
II.Course Title:Human Services Program Fieldwork II
III.Prerequisite:HS 207 and approval of Instructor
IV.Number of Credits:4
V.Course Instructor:Michael F. D’Arcangelo, Coordinator, Human Services Program
MSW, LCSW, LCADC, ICADC, SAP, SSW, SAC, C-CATODSW, CJC, CCDP
Office Location:Room A-321
One College Boulevard, Paterson, NJ07505
Telephone:973-684-5759 or 201-475-8231
Office Hours:Schedule posted on office door.
Students are placed in a second social service agency to expand their knowledge and experience in client contact and the responsibilities and activities essential to the delivery of social services. Fieldwork is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to practice skills learned in an agency/institution environment. Working with professionals, clients, and patients will assist students to function effectively as a member of a social services team.
Students will attend a weekly supervision class.
This course is theCapstone Experience.
- Course Objective:
Upon completion of the course, the student will:
1.Apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom to client contact within a social services setting.
2.Perform professionally in a social services agency.
3.Recognize personal values and attitudes impacting helping relationships.
4.Complete a Psychosocial Assessment including diagnosis on 5 Axes of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
5.Define the Agency’s service delivery methods and what services are offered to meet the needs of the Agency’s client population.
Attendance at Weekly Supervision class and submission of Weekly Journal *
Attendance at a weekly or biweekly meeting with the Field Supervisor
Submission of a completedContract**
Submission of completed Job Description and Agency Profile***
Submission of a DSM-IV Information Paper ****
Submission of a written Psychosocial Assessment*****
Submission of Supervisor/Agency Evaluation of Student******
Successful completion of fieldwork(completion of 135 hours---approximately 8 hours per week in a social services agency)
*Attendance at Weekly Supervision class is mandatory. If three classes are missed, the student will fail the course. All students are required to maintain a Weekly Journal using the S.O.A.P. format for case presentation. Entries are required for each time student attends fieldwork site. Journals will be reviewed weekly. One (1%) per cent will be deducted from final grade for not bringing journal to supervision class. One (1%) per cent will be deducted from final grade for incomplete journal entries.
S.O.A.P.: Format for case presentation.
Subjective Statement: Actual statement made by client.
Observations: What happened during the session.
Assessment: Based on the client’s statement and your observations, what can be interpreted or assessed about the client’s condition, situation, or thought processes.
Plan: What specific interventions are needed; who will provide them; how will the results be measured; and, what timeframe will be used.
**The Contract is due within the first three (3) weeks of classes. FAILURE TO MEET THIS DEADLINE WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT AUTOMATICALLY BEING DROPPED FROM THE COURSE.
***The Job Description and the Agency Profile are due by the 3rd week of classes. PAPERS RECEIVED AFTER THE DUE DATE WILL HAVE FINAL GRADE REDUCED BY ONE (1%) PER CENT FOR EACH WEEK PAST THE DUE DATE.
****DSM Information Paper: MUST BE HANDWRITTEN. Each student must submit a DSM-IV Information Paper answering the following questions:
1.What is a multiaxial assessment
3.Define Axis I
4.List Axis I Clinical Disorders
5.Define Axis II
6.List Axis II Personality Disorders
7.List Degrees of Severity of Mental Retardation
8.Define Axis III
9.List three (3) examples of Axis III
10.Define Axis IV
11.List Axis IV categories
12.Define Axis V
13.List Axis V Scale
The DSM-IV Information paper must be submitted by the 4th week of classes. PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DUE DATE.
*****Each student must submit a Psychosocial Assessment, including a narrative based on the results of a Mental Status Exam, incorporating the definitions you have learned. Use a “real” person or an “imaginary” person. The Psychosocial Assessment must be five (5) pages; typed; 12-point type; double spaced; stapled. Do NOT submit with a cover; keep a copy of the paper. Each page of the Psychosocial Assessment is worth five (5%) per cent. The Psychosocial Assessment must be submitted by the 8th week of classes. PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DUE DATE. The following headings must be contained in your Psychosocial Assessment:
- Personal Status
- Drug History and Current Patterns of Use
- Substance Abuse Treatment History
- Medical History and Current Status
- Family History and Current Relationships
- Positive Support Systems
- Crime or Delinquency
- Readiness for Treatment
- Resources and Responsibilities
- Mental Status Narrative and Mental Health History
- Diagnosis on 5 Axes of the DSM-IV
- Treatment Plan
- Describe How a Client’s Personal Values and Attitudes Impacted the Assessment Process
- Describe How Your Personal Values and Attitudes Impacted the Assessment Process
Information on the above headings is located in the textbook in the Table of Contents under Assessment.
NOTE: You must submit the Psychosocial Assessment to before submitting the final paper which is due on the 8th week of classes. PAPERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED WITHOUT VERIFICATION OF SUBMISSION TO Do not wait until the last minute to submit to eTutoring.org. Your submission verification from eTutoring.org counts for five (5%) of your final grade.
eTutoring.org is an online writing lab where you can submit a draft of your paper to a tutor, ask for specific feedback, and receive your work back with a tutor’s response. Go to the website at and select Northeast eTutoring Consortium; select PassaicCountyCommunity College; enter your Campus Cruiser ID and the last six digits of your social security number.
******Supervisor/Agency Evaluation of Student must be submitted before a grade can be entered.
TO RECEIVE A PASSING GRADE, THE STUDENT MUST ATTAIN A RATING OF 3 OR HIGHER IN ALL EVALUATIONS TO DEMONSTRATE ACQUISITION OF THE COURSE OUTCOMES. A RATING OF LESS THAN 3 WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.
At ALL times, confidentiality must be strictly maintained with regard to client’s identity. A breach of confidentiality will result in failing the course.
IX.Materials Used in the Course:
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) which is available in the PCCC Bookstore or at a link on the Human Services Program homepage.
X.Methods of Evaluation:
25% Satisfactory completion of Fieldwork
25% Psychosocial Assessment
20% Final Exam
15% Attendance at Weekly Supervision class
5% Weekly Journal
5% DSM-IV Information Paper
5% eTutoring.org Verification
A 95 – 100
A-90 – 94
B+87 – 89
B 84 – 86
B-80 – 83
C+77 – 79
C 70 – 76
D 60 – 69
F below 60
Being late for weekly supervision class lowers final grade three (3%) per cent for the first occurrence and five (5%) per cent for each additional occurrence OR hand write and submit 20 alcohol and drug definitions for each occurrence.
If you arrive late for class, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to make sure you are marked “present”. The Professor’s attendance records are the standard.
All Papers MUST include (on the first page) the student’s name, course name, course code, section number, semester, and year.
Do NOT submit papers, definitions, and diagnoses with a cover page; keep a copy of your paper.
Ten (10%) per cent will be deducted from final grade for not following directions.
Not returning Professor’s telephone call within 24 hours lowers final grade one (1%) per cent for each occurrence.
Any student whose cell phone or other electronic device goes off in class will have final grade lowered by three (3%) per cent for the first occurrence and five (5%) per cent for each additional occurrence.
Do not disrupt the class by getting up to answer a cell phone or other electronic device or throw out garbage. Your final grade will be lowered by three (3%) per cent for the first occurrence and five (5%) per cent for each additional occurrence.
Checking your cell phone or other electronic device during class will lower your final grade by three (3%) per cent for the first occurrence and five (5%) per cent for each additional occurrence.
If you disrupt the class, you will be asked to leave and you will receive a “zero” for the day.
Please refer to the PCCC Student Handbook and PCCC Catalog for information regarding:
PCCC’s Academic Integrity Code
Student Conduct Code
Student Grade Appeal Process
Please refer to the PCCC Catalog for the catalog year listed on your degree audit for information regarding the Intensive Writing Requirements.
Panther Alert: The College will announce delayed openings, closings, and other emergency situations through the Panther Alert System. Students are encouraged to sign up for the Panther Alert Notification. Students can sign up once they log into their Campus Cruiser Portal account through the PCCC website at
Cell Phone Policy: Use of cellular telephones, audible pagers, or other forms of audible electronic devices in all academic learning environments (including but not limited to, laboratories, testing centers, classroom, library, learning centers, theater, and so forth) is prohibited unless previously approved by the instructor or other authorized administrator.
XIII.Notification for Students with Disabilities:
If you have a disability and believe you need accommodations in my classroom, call 973-684-6395 to make an appointment, preferably within the first two weeks of classes for Fall/Spring semesters. If you require testing accommodations, you must remind me one week in advance of the test.
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