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Professional Child and Youth Care: Theory and Practice

Course Code: CYCC 3520
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Child and Youth Care
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course integrates theory and practice of child and youth care (CYC) by focusing on theoretical perspectives of change and their associated goals, strategies and techniques. Issues and techniques in assessment, case planning, and intervention will be examined. Practical models for case consultation, presentation and evaluation will be presented. Students will demonstrate competence in these real or simulated professional practice areas, and analyze the relationship between professional knowledge, skills, values and styles.

Course Content

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

  1. Knowledge of theories of change guides practice:
    • development of a therapeutic relationship
    • psychoanalytic perspective
    • Adlerian perspective
    • Behavioural and cognitive behavioural perspective
    • Rational emotive perspective
    • Humanistic and existential perspectives
    • Solution-focused perspective
  2. Knowledge of self has an impact on professional action and clinical practice:
    • personal beliefs, values, ethics affect professional actions
    • Personality and presentation of self affect clinical practice
  3. Apply change theories to CYC case management practice (4-7 below)
  4. Assessment
    • systemic, ecological perspective
    • identifying needs
  5. Case planning
    • goals and goal statements
    • strategies
  6. Intervention
    • service actions
    • therapies
    • techniques
  7. Case consultation, presentation and evaluation
    • Collaborative consultation
    • Trans-disciplinary teams
  8. The origins of difficult and problem behaviour are better understood by “entering the world of the child”:
    • Building  rapport
    • Person-centred  therapeutic perspective
  9. The development of a personal theory of child and youth care praxis through an integration of:
    • knowledge of theories of change theory  
    • knowledge of self
    • current child and youth care counselling practice.

Methods of Instruction


Means of Assessment

Typical means of evaluation may include a combination of written research assignments, case evaluation, testing, and group presentations.  This is a Graded Course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyze change theories
  2. Articulate the perspective of each change theory on the helping relationship
  3. Identify limitations of each change theory
  4. Determine appropriate applications of various change theories in integrated case management
  5. Examine their personal theory of child and youth care practice
  6. Articulate how they intentionally link theoretical perspectives for use in different contexts of CYC case management.

course prerequisites

Enrolment in Year 3 of CYC

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.