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Youth Justice: Practicum I

Course Code: YJWD 1240
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Youth Justice
Credits: 4.5
Semester: 5 weeks/150 hours in block format
Learning Format: Seminar, Practicum
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

Methods of Instruction

  • 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.

course prerequisites

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


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

  • No equivalency courses

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.