- Learning from Elders
- Student Presentations
The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:
- Workers must strive for balance, wellness and a strong spirit to be effective in helping families.
- All families are capable of having a strong spirit and being empowered.
- All families have strengths and something unique to contribute to the community.
- Family difficulties or challenges present opportunities for spiritual awareness, empowerment and positive change.
- Self-awareness, respect for diversity and reflective practice are essential goals of a successful worker. Encouraging and engaging with reciprocal feedback, as well as making appropriate referrals to community supports, assists us in reaching this goal.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the intergenerational impact of colonization, the Indian residential school system, adoption, foster care, having family members with diverse abilities and challenges and the justice system on Aboriginal families.
- Describe historical and theoretical perspectives regarding family and the influence of culture.
- Describe and understand their own family experiences.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Elders’ teachings in relation to helping families strengthen their family spirit.
- Reflect on the practitioner’s role and approach to working with families in a respectful and collaborative way.
- Think critically about the family in context, including the diversity within and between families.
- Articulate an understanding, at a beginning level, of different theoretical perspectives about families and their ‘development’, as well as their development in relation to members with diverse abilities
This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.
Typical means of evaluation could include a combination of:
- Personal Research and Reflection
- Genogram Development and Analysis
- Reports and Essays
- Individual and Group Presentations
- Class Contribution
This is a letter graded course.
Enrolment in Aboriginal Stream or permission of Coordinator