Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Ethics Field Practicum Experience

CEED 5900


Practicum Site: AHRC New York City

About AHRC-New York City:  AHRC New York City, a family governed organization, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  The aim of AHRC's work has been to offer disabled individuals day to day living that is as rich, absorbing and worthwhile as possible, with an emphasis on helping individuals live up to their maximum potential in the community.
AHRC currently serves 11,000 individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, and their families.   Today, with a membership comprised of thousands of individuals - primarily persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends and professionals in the field - AHRC NYC is one of the largest consumer-based nonprofit organizations in the City.  It is governed by a Board of Directors, two-thirds of whom must be relatives of persons with developmental disabilities, working together with a staff of dedicated professionals.
Practicum Experience:  The practicum course has 3 components: Field experience, weekly or biweekly class meetings, and an independent project. To maximize exposure to a breadth of ethics relevant services, over the course of one semester, students will attend relevant agency monthly meetings and rotate through one to two services (see description below; additional services may be added depending on student interests and agency resources). 
Students will spend one day per week (approximately five hours) at an AHRC office. Students are also expected to attend Ethics & Society Practicum class meetings held at the Rose Hill campus to discuss assigned readings, their practicum experiences and plan their independent practicum project. This project should be associated with their practicum experiences and complimentary to their interests and course and professional background. When appropriate, students may spend additional time at AHRC completing their practicum project.  Students will meet with the Director of the Ethics and Society Masters program the semester before they enroll in the practicum to assess whether they meet the pre-requisites and to discuss appropriate placements.
Students participating in the AHRC practicum will observe monthly meetings of relevant committees and services, including the Bioethics Committee, Human Rights Committee, Guardianship Committee, and Incident Review Meetings.  Depending on student interests, opportunities are also available for students to research and present on relevant issues and policy at these meetings.

In addition to observing meetings, students would select one or two service rotations to observe (from the list below; click on the heading to view the description). 

Practicum Paper:  Students will be provided with a exposure to the representative rotations to orient them to the specific services and relevant issues. Students will then choose a relevant ethical question or issue to research (using resources both at Fordham and AHRC).   Students will present their projects at an end-of-semester seminar with staff and students at AHRC.
Student Requirements:
1.  Attend practicum site one day per week (approximately five hours) for one semester.
1.  Attend weekly or biweekly practicum class meetings at Fordham University
2.  Meet with the agency representative on a regular basis to discuss the practicum experience, rotation transitions, and any agency-related issues. 
3.  Completion of the practicum project.
4.  Prior to beginning their on-site projects students will be provided information on AHRC’s institutional rules and regulations. Students are expected to comply with rules and regulations relevant to their activities at AHRC.

Visit AHRC's website for more information about this organization.

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