Children’s mental health services: learning and exploring on a clinical playground

Wilde, Kristin R.
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Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina

This practicum report is a summary and reflection of my learning and experiences at Children’s Mental Health Services in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; a clinical field practicum in partial fulfilment of a Master of Social Work degree. The purpose of this 12-week practicum was to gain graduate level field experience using narrative therapy techniques in working with children and families accessing Children’s Mental Health Services. In addition to working as a member of an interdisciplinary team, I provided family, individual, and group-based therapy, assisted with various groups, and became familiar with an assortment of programs that are connected to Children’s Mental Health Services. The report begins with a discussion of my learning goals and outcomes, an overview of children’s mental health, and a description of the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Children’s Mental Health Services. A literature review of child development, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and trauma-informed care follows. I then discuss how these frameworks were integrated into my clinical social work practicum and include professional development opportunities, and social work values and ethical considerations. The report concludes with a summary and reflection of the personal and professional growth I realized by means of this practicum experience.

A Practicum Report Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Social Work, University of Regina. vi, 69 p.
Children’s Mental Health Services, Narrative therapy, Child mental health., Child mental health services