The primary purpose of this unit is the learner’s practical experience in community development which offers opportunities for observation, development, reflection and support including a Christian worldview. After completion of initial orientation sessions and support in making the transition from the college situation, learners undertake practical professional community development experience in an agency within the community. Learners shall undertake community development work in community agencies working with real issues in a supervised fashion, depending upon their ability and readiness. Generally, students will commence their placement by first relating to experienced community developers and progress from observation to working as a co-developer.
Professional development will thus take place within a supportive context. Learners will receive two sources of supervision. They will have the individual supervision of a field supervisor who will be an experienced developer in the agency or site where they are doing their placement. This will be complemented by a second tier of supervision in the form of tutorials and group sessions with college professionals and other learners enrolled in the unit.
* Pre-experience briefing
* Supporting your peers
* Post-experience reflection