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Specialiced Practical Training

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: SSAH0004
Type: Compulsory / Practical training
Curriculum: SA 2014V
Level: Bachelor of Social Services
Year of Study: 3 (2017)
Credits: 14 cr
Responsible Teacher: Niemistö, Riku
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Year 2017

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
3S-SA-3LNP2017-03-06 – 2017-06-02Kati Långsjö, Kaisa Konttinen, Merja KaminenFinnish2016-12-12 – 2017-01-16
4S-SA-3SP, S-SA-3SPV2017-01-09 – 2017-06-02Aira Bragge, Ann-Sophie BlomqvistFinnish2016-12-12 – 2017-01-16
5S-SA-3LNPV2017-03-06 – 2017-06-02Kati Långsjö, Merja KaminenFinnish2016-12-12 – 2017-01-16

Learning Outcomes

In his practice place the student gets acquainted with social services client work and planning, developing, realizing and evaluating child, youth and family work from the viewpoint of the employee and customer/family/child. The student evaluates the needs for development that are caused by the changing needs of the society and the immediate surroundings that have an effect on the services. The assignment related to the practice is to examine occupational know-how that is needed in the client work and in child, youth and family work in the social services branch and the collaboration networks needed in the work. The student also gets acquainted with the factors that relate to the economy and quality of the services and deliberates the methods of development and the meaning of his own work through the operations of his practice place.

Student's Workload

374 hrs, of which 18 hrs reserved for learning assignment related to the practical training.

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

The theoretical studies preceding the practical training.


Different assignments related to client work in social services and child, youth and family work in social services.

Assessment Criteria

The student formulates his own learning goals from the basis of general goals. The learning assignments have been performed acceptably. The student evaluates his own learning realistically and is able to accept feedback. The goals of the practical training period have been gained mainly. The student is motivated to work in the social services. The student understands the meaning of professional ethics in his work. Is able to perform his assignments in co-operation with his supervisor and is able to explain his operations. Independent approach in working and methodicalness increase during the practical training period. The student recognizes his own strengths and development areas. The student has readiness to work as a member of a group. Interaction between different parties is natural and functional. The student gets acquainted with the operational principles of the work community and operates according to them. The student asks for advice and chases up things spontaneously. The student uses the things he has earlier learned functionally and is able to explain his operations with the help of theory.
Taking responsibility in own studying, self-direction, motivation and initiative are lacking. The student’s operation in the practice place is against the ethical principles of the social services branch. Lacking co-operative skills. The student is not explaining his own actions. Fundamental deficiencies in the basic information. Co-operation with the different parties is insignificant, attitude towards clients uninterested. Disengagement of the work community, acting against the operational principles of the work place. Excessive amount of absences, does not hang onto working hours. Learning assignments have not been done.

Assessment Methods

The practice period will be passed with the accepted/failed principle according to detached evaluation criteria.