Going into the practicum, Margaret says she felt nervous and excited. While she did get discouraged at one point, due to the unforeseen barriers she faced navigating how to address public health issues within the high security settings, the practicum was great for discovering that she enjoyed the chance to deliver public health information to unique populations. Her advice to incoming students is to make sure the practicum experience is structured, with clear, achievable goals. If students are aiming to get a job in a particular field of interest, aim to get a practicum in this area.
As for her more memorable experiences on practicum, Margaret says she really enjoyed spending time with the unit representatives at Fraser Regional, who were “hilarious, a bunch of really nice guys”, who provided input to corrections staff about many things, from what candy bars they wanted in the canteen to giving their perspectives on what was needed in the prison and advocating for the well-being of incarcerated men in areas such as food quality, yard time access and healthcare waitlist times.
If you’d like to get in contact with Margaret to discuss a practicum in correctional facilities, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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