Clinical and Internship for Family Studies
Because practicum settings differ, the individual experiences of students are unique. There is a unifying guideline in the form of supervision, feedback and evaluation. The Practicum provides students with experiential and professional learning for a better understanding of the inner workings of social service agencies. Students are encouraged to attend professional meetings, training workshops and conferences as these are constructive learning and networking opportunities. A strong emphasis is placed on professional ethics. In collaboration with the Samford Career Development Center, students practice interviewing and job searching skills. They also complete a professional portfolio. Shadowing professionals allows students to explore their calling in terms of future career options.
Family Studies students complete practicum programs in some of the following settings:
“During my senior year, I enrolled in a Practicum course, with focus on family related issues. I had the unique opportunity to work with the non-profit organization Impact Alabama. I was deeply affected by my time with them. Not only did it teach me about poverty related themes, it also allowed me to help families. The personal contact was the most rewarding aspect of the work, and opened my eyes to the many challenges accompanying poverty. I would gladly participate in the program again as it taught me so much more than I could give.” (Melissa)
“Working with a community is different from working with an individual. We had to discover how the community is organized and understand all of the connections within the community. We began to work on bringing in outside resources, such as government agencies and nonprofits. For me this practicum has been an eye opener like no other, and the real life experience enriched my learning towards becoming a better family life educator.” (Allison)