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.
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
- 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.