Practicum Instructors are expected to devote at most, five hours a week to each intern in placement: this includes about two-three hours a week supervision time of which a minimum of one and one-half hours should be a regularly scheduled individual supervision each week. If group supervision is planned, time for this should be additional to the 1.5 hours per week in individual sessions. Practicum Instructors require time to read intern records, listen to tapes, observe interviews and prepare evaluation reports for the Faculty. Instructors for part-time interns doing two days per week placement may spend half the time per week as noted above.
Major responsibilities of the practicum instructor include the following:
- Provide for the orientation of interns upon arrival for practicum.
- To become familiar with the educational philosophy and curriculum of Wilfrid Laurier University.
- To link theory and practice within the studentís learning experience.
- Planning with regard to assignments for intern practice loads.
- Observing the interns in the practicum setting with regard to professional practice.
- To complete the Learning Plan & Evaluation with the intern.
- Schedule individual supervision for a minimum of 1.5 hours per week in order to teach practice values, knowledge and skills.
- Allow the intern the necessary time for participation in concurrent courses offered during the practicum period (one day per week - Year One and Year Two interns and two days per week - Advanced Standing interns).
- Make use of Field Advisors as appropriate.
- Submit Midterm and Final Evaluations as requested by the Faculty.