Youth Justice: Practicum II

Applied Community Studies
Youth Justice
Course Code
YJWD 2240
Semester Length
6 weeks/200 hours in block format
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and implement theory and practice. Students will reflect on their experiences and feedback as they develop and refine their knowledge and skills in becoming competent practitioners.
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
  • Learners enhance their skills through relationship with young people and their support systems
  • Reflecting on practicum experiences with clients, colleagues, and mentors enhances/encourages ongoing professional development and effectiveness
  • Students engage with youth to enhance/encourage their healthy development through appropriate activities
  • Ethical and professional practice requires a strength-based, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive approach to working with youth
  • Due to the relational nature of the work, self-awareness and personal wellness are integral in maintaining healthy and productive relationships 
Methods Of Instruction
  • Community placement and on-site supervision
  • Seminar
  • Group discussion and exercises 
Means of Assessment

Evaluation on this practicum is two staged and designed to produce a letter grade in accordance with 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:

1.  Exemplify professional and ethical principles of youth justice practice as required through YJ practicum competencies and the policies of the practicum sites.

2.  Demonstrate relational practice and appropriate activities with youth, in consultation with their site and faculty supervisors.

3.  Apply a trauma-informed perspective, cultural awareness and sensitivity, and strength-based professional practice while on practicum.

4.  Reflectively examine their own and others' field experiences to identify and integrate goals for ongoing personal and professional development.

5.  Identify and integrate theory to identified needs, explain behaviour, and guide actions.

Textbook Materials

No text required



YJWD 240 or YJWD 1240 with a minimum grade of C+


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite 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 2240
College of the Rockies (COTR) COTR CRIM 2XX (3)
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
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CRIM 2XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) No credit
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU CRIM 2nd (3)

Course Offerings

Fall 2022