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Child and Youth Worker Program Takes Practical Approach That Includes Regular Curriculum Review In a range of settings, professionals work with one of society’s most vulnerable demographics — children and youth. According to Wikipedia, these professionals, known as child and youth workers, possess a special knowledge base and skill set that includes: behaviour, emotions, mental health, development, environment and most importantly, therapeutic relationships. These child and youth workers provide therapeutic interventions that promote the growth of valued characteristics, self-esteem and self-efficacy; offer opportunities to heal and experience positive relationships; provide opportunities for children and youth to feel connected and have a sense of belonging; work through the resistance of trusting, and being cared for; and more. At Centennial College’s Child and Youth Worker in Canada, students become familiar with the principles, philosophies and characteristics of relational child and youth work practice such as co-creating relationships, working developmentally and understanding professional boundaries. This is achieved through three years of training that includes specialized field placements in all three years that vary between two and four days per week as well as supplemental training in Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behaviour (UMAB). Here is a look at some of the specific courses that students attend. It is worth noting that the program’s curriculum is reviewed and revised annually to ensure that courses and assignments are based on current research and best practices. Introduction to Child & Youth Work: To offer students a base, this course examines the history of the profession, the unique roles of child and youth workers, and how these roles have evolved, a framework to view mental health and mental illness, exploration of students’ professional identity, managing therapeutic relationships, and developing appropriate boundaries and ethics as a professional. Working with Traumatized Children & Youth: Traumatized children understand the world in a different way. As such, to build trust and therapeutic relationships, professionals must be privy to this understanding. As such, they learn how traumatized children interact with others, how their issues manifest themselves in their behaviour, and other ongoing challenges they face with anxiety, trauma triggers, mental health issues and relationship struggles. Multimodal Therapies in Child & Youth Work: A cognitive behavioural based framework is examined and includes diverse modes of treatment such as art, children’s literature, music, movement, television and other media. Through a unique approach, students spend three hours of classes per week, plus one hour of independent study that will result in the completion of an assigned project. Advocacy & Law in Children’s Mental Health: Ensuring that the rights of all children are protected is a huge part of the profession. This course looks at: advocacy, current protective legislation, youth justice, children’s rights, the rights of children in care, laws that govern children’s mental health, laws that govern the Education Act, and other current issues that govern the profession.

Evidence Based Programming: To ensure that programs lead to the positive outcomes they were designed to achieve, students learn to make informed choices about adopting the “best� programs for developing the core social, emotional and life-long learning skills children and adolescents need to become productive and contributing members of society. For More Ifnformation Visit

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