HDFS 286 - Practicum-Professional Skills

Observational and applied experiences with children, adolescents, adults, or families. Exploration of professional skills and opportunities.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Develop professional skills at a practicum site pertinent to lifespan interests.
  • Demonstrate skill in observation techniques.
  • Strengthen understanding of routine duties and experiences at each site.
  • Establish goals to maximize practicum experience.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ethical issues and codes of conduct at placement sites.

This course can be applied toward:


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development); completion of 30 credits; required background check through CBI, FBI; major in Human Development and Family Studies or Early Childhood Education only.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

In this course, students participate in a hands-on work experience in a setting closely aligned with their career plans, and it is important to work closely with the placement coordinator to ensure appropriate placement.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • CSU General Catalog (http://catalog.colostate.edu.)
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Jennifer Reinke


Dr. Jennifer Reinke is an Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Family Life Educator, and co-editor of Family Life Education: The Practice of Family Science. Dr. Reinke’s scholarly interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning in family science, autism and family, and best practices in supporting families that include a person with an intellectual or developmental disability. Prior to coming to CSU, Dr. Reinke was a tenured faculty member and Program Director of the Human Development and Family Studies faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

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