Correctional Practicum

Correctional PracticumThis course involves much more than just reporting to an agency and watchingwhat goes on. In order to get the most out of the experience, you must beprepared for it before you go, and you must think about what you have learnedonce you have completed the practicum. The assignments in this class aredesigned to ensure that this learning process occurs.Assignment #3.1 ? Related Reading AssignmentThis course is intended to provide you with an opportunity to have an in-depthlook at a correctional institution or agency or penitentiary, probably for the firsttime. These agencies are unique in terms of organization, staff, and clientele.It is important that you enter the agencies and prisons with an idea as to what toexpect in order to avoid a ?tourist? experience. In other words, you shouldunderstand something about how the agency to which you are assigned worksand, more importantly, what it means to be employed there.You are required to select a reading related to your placement and provide a three page pr?cis ofit. Readings from journals or chapters from books are appropriate. You must choose readings of40-60 pages in length. Prior approval of the instructor is required in order to insure that thereadings are appropriate to the placement. Use the form that follows to advise the practicumcoordinator of your choice of readings. (Note: If you do not have access to a library or othersuitable information, please advise the practicum coordinator who will provide you with suitablereadings.)Include in your pr?cis, at a minimum:?? the title of each article and the author?? why you feel the reading is relevant to your placement?? what you feel you learned from the reading?? what thoughts and ideas you have changed as a result of the reading?? what questions you will be seeking answers to?? what your expectations are of your placement?? and other insights and comments gained from the readingDuring the practicum you are expected to keep a diary of your experiences?the things youobserve, the duties you perform, and other learning experiences. It is suggested that you makebrief reminder notes during your shift, and write them up more formally after work. The notebookshould provide a broad picture of your experience.Part II: Synopsis Value: 15%Once your practicum assignment is complete you are required to write a formal synopsis of thediary. This synopsis should describe your experience in general, but should focus on at least three(3) specific areas in considerable detail. A list of sample areas follows; choose three that haveparticular interest for you and write about them in detail. Use information gained during theplacement, plus examples from agency life, and attach supporting or illustrating documents fromthe agency. Your synopsis must be a minimum of five pages in length (typed and double-spaced),not including title page and attachments. Outside references are not required, but if used, must beproperly referenced. Note that the synopsis should not be a repetition of what you recordedin your diary. It should be a thoughtful integration of ideas, thoughts, and experiencesrelated to the practicum experience. A list of areas you may choose to address in your synopsisfollows; use it as a guideline only.Module 3- 4Your synopsis should be completed as soon as possible after you complete the placement, whilethe information is fresh in your mind. Both the synopsis and your notebook must be sent to thepracticum coordinator.Marks will be awarded based on content, completeness, extent and accuracy of observation,analysis, and grammar and spelling.Part III: Evaluation Value: 5%It is important to evaluate the practicum experience from your perspective. Therefore, you arerequired to submit a narrative evaluation of your experience. This should describe what you likedabout the practicum, what you did not like, what could be changed to make it better, how yougained from the experience, and so on.The evaluation should be a maximum of one page in length. The practicum coordinator willremove and retain this page. The information may be used to give feedback (anonymously) toplacement agencies so that placements may be constantly improved.List of Areas for Discussion1. Interaction between staff and clientele2. Interaction between inmates ? sources of conflict, etc.3. Security routines4. Inmate/client control techniques5. Programs and program effectiveness6. Prisoner?s right7. Daily routines8. Attitudes of staff towards inmates and vice versa9. Coping skills of staff and inmatesModule 3- 510. Means by which staff relieve stress11. An analysis of the inmate population: Who are they and why are they in gaol?12. Counselling programs in the agency13. Daily muster: content, purpose, and practice14. Other (check with instructor)!

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