HDFS 286 - Practicum-Professional Skills

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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.

The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) practicum course (HDFS 286) is encouraged for all HDFS majors during the second or third year of their degree completion. The HDFS Practicum course is a career exploration and experiential course and offers students the opportunity to observe individuals/families throughout the lifespan and apply the knowledge gained from their HDFS coursework.

Upon enrollment, students will work closely with the placement coordinator to ensure an appropriate placement. There are registration restrictions for non-CSU students. Please contact the instructor if you are not currently enrolled at CSU and are interested in this course.

This course can be applied toward:


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development); completion of 30 credits; required background check through CBI, FBI.

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. Therefore, permission is required to enroll in this class; contact the field placement coordinator.

Please contact Dr. Jennifer Reinke by email at jennifer.reinke@colostate.edu for more information about placements.

Textbooks and Materials

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


  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Ed. (2019)
    American Psychological Association



Jennifer Reinke
Jennifer Reinke


Dr. Jennifer Reinke is an Associate 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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