15 credits at level HE5
This module is designed to prepare and place you into a work-based environment within the Complementary Therapies industry. The module builds on Working in Complementary Therapy Practice: Ethics and Accountability. It will help you to learn about how to seek and secure employment and to develop the skills required to work effectively in your chosen area. You will gain experience in the workplace where you can apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained in other modules on your Foundation Degree programme and learn about the policies and practices of the work-based environment. As part of this module you will undertake a work-experience placement. If you hold a level 3 qualification in an area of complementary therapies confirming you have been accredited to the national occupational standards (N.O.S.) and therefore have practitioner status, you will be able to undertake the work-experience in an industry work placement environment and give treatments in the areas in which you are fully qualified. If you do not have practitioner status, you will undertake work-experience in the college salon (which is a realistic work environment) under the supervision of qualified tutors. Completion of this module does not give you a licence to practice in complementary therapies.
• Job search: How and where to conduct a job search (e.g., recruitment agencies; job search websites; connexions).
• Job application process: job adverts; job specification; personnel specification; essential and desirable criteria; matching own skills, knowledge and attributes to the job requirements.
• C.V. writing and uploading: writing a professional CV; matching self to the job requirements; using CV templates; uploading CVs to recruitment agencies.
• Interview preparation: personal presentation; interview technique; body language and communication skills; researching the organisations; reviewing the job requirements and matching to self; skills test.
• Going for an interview: interview skills; communications; terms and conditions.
• Work-based placement / employment: introduction to the company / organisation policies and procedures; relevant specialist legislation.
• Practice: personal development planning; undertaking the professional role; application of skills and knowledge gained in the college salon and in previous modules; maintaining legal, professional and ethical standards.
• Reflective practice: theories and concepts of reflection and reflective practice (e.g. reflection in action and reflection on action; De Bono); analysing dialogue for reflection and analysis; constructing and discussing hypothetical significant incidents in order to practice reflective skills; continuous improvement of practice through reflection and review; maintaining a professional reflective journal.
You will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, and work placement activities. Emphasis is placed on reflective practice so that you learn from your experience and develop as a reflective practitioner. For your assessment you will undertake an assignment to help you prepare effectively for a work-experience placement in an appropriate organisation and undertake a work-based practice portfolio. The portfolio will include the following: records of two observations of your practice and your discussions, mentor’s report, treatment plans, an evaluation of treatment plans, your reflective journal and reflective report.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have researched and secured a work-based placement in the complementary therapies Industry.||1.1 Devise an up-to-date professional CV which markets you effectively, apply for a placement in an appropriate organisation as agreed with your tutor, and prepare effectively for the placement.|
|2.||Have identified your learning needs and targets in relation to working in complementary therapies in line with your Personal/Professional Development Plan.||2.1 Critically review your professional knowledge and skills and agree a work-based learning plan (with your tutor and an appropriate person in the placement organisation) relevant to your work in the placement organisation and in line with your learning needs and targets.|
|3.||Have demonstrated an understanding of reflective practice and used one or more appropriate models of reflective practice to assist you to reflect on experiences.||
3.1 Research meanings of reflective practice and discuss how reflective practice can be used to aid learning related to professional practice.
3.2 Describe two common models of reflective practice and comment on their potential usefulness to your professional development.
3.3 Use one or more appropriate models of reflection to aid your reflection on your professional practice work undertaken for this module.
3.4 Use a learning journal to capture evidence of how you have tackled / approached different targets set during the PDP process. You must maintain confidentiality and ethical practice at all times.
|4.||Demonstrate professional practice in a real working environment, reflect on your practice, and identify ways to improve.||
4.1 Conduct consultations correctly, devise treatment plans, perform practical skills in line with N.O.S adhering to relevant legislation including health and safety legislation, and give appropriate home care advice to meet the needs of clients.
4.2 Complete client records correctly.
4.3 Follow the placement organisation’s policies and procedures and apply ethical and professional standards when treating clients.
4.4 Critically evaluate treatment plans you have devised and the treatments you have provided for clients and discuss how they could be improved.
4.5 Build positive relations with work colleagues and clients and work effectively as a member of a team complying with the placement organisation’s policies and procedures.
|5.||Show you have developed your professional and personal skills.||5.1 Undertake a reflective analysis of your experience on the placement and summarise your key learning points as a result of having undertaken the placement.|
|6.||Have demonstrated academic skills at level 5.||
6.1 Demonstrate the following in your assessed work:
(i) appropriate structure and good presentation;
(ii) correct use of English (e.g., grammar, punctuation, spelling, style);
(iii) correct use of Harvard referencing;
(iv) theoretical knowledge appropriate to level 5.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Placement assignment 800 words||Work-Based Practice Portfolio -Records of two observation of your practice and your discussions, mentor’s report, treatment plans, and a critical evaluation of treatment plans (L.O.4) -Reflective journal and report (L.O. 3, 5)|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
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