Youth Justice: Practicum I

Applied Community Studies
Youth Justice
Course Code
YJWD 1240
Semester Length
5 weeks/150 hours in block format
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides students with a first formal opportunity to engage in practice as a youth justice worker under the supervision of a field mentor with support from college faculty. Integration of professionalism, educational experience, and feedback will be expected and facilitated through guided self-reflection to promote personal and professional development.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • Practicum settings give students opportunities to synthesize personal and classroom experience with a diverse population.
  • Youth justice workers are self-reflective practitioners who enhance their skills and approach relationships from a strengths-based perspective.
  • Youth justice workers are intentional and demonstrate critical thinking in assessing and making sound, ethical decisions.
  • Ethical and professional practice requires a strength based, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive approach to working with youth.
  • Youth justice workers recognize the relational nature of their work and actively work on developing interpersonal skills, including communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and feedback skills.
  • Students engage with youth to enhance/encourage their healthy development through appropriate activities.
  • Due to the relational nature of the work, self-awareness and personal wellness are integral in maintaining healthy and productive relationships.
Learning Activities
  • Community placement and on-site supervision
  • Seminar
  • Group discussion and exercises
Means of Assessment

Evaluation of this practicum is two-staged and designed to produce a letter grade in accordance with the Douglas College grading policy.

Stage I: An evaluation of the student’s ability to meet basic work expectations and youth justice practicum competencies in practice. The mastery level for this stage is 80%. 

Stage II: Providing the conditions are successfully met in Stage I, the student’s final grade will be arrived at by adding the mark achieved in Stage I to the mark received for the written practicum assignments. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • With assistance and support, illustrate professional and ethical principles of youth justice practice as required through YJ practicum competencies and the policies of the practicum sites.
  • Demonstrate relational work and appropriate activities with youth, with ongoing support and consultation with their site and faculty supervisors. 
  • Reflectively examine their own and others' field based experiences to enhance their skills.
  • Demonstrate a trauma-informed perspective, cultural awareness and sensitivity, and strength-based professional practice while on practicum.
  • Assess and develop personal and professional goals to pursue improved practice.
Textbook Materials

No text required



Successful completion of YJWD 1100, YJWD 1220 or CYCC 1220, and CFCS 2432 with a C+ or greater, or with program permission.


No corequisite courses.


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for YJWD 1240
Athabasca University (AU) AU CRJS 3XX (3)
College of New Caledonia (CNC) CNC SSWK 196 (5)
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR CRIM 2XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) DOUG YJWD 1240 (4.5) & DOUG YJWD 2240 (4.5) = NVIT SOCW 304 (6)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU SOCI 320 (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) No credit
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit

Course Offerings

Winter 2023