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Faculty of Community Services

Child and Youth Care (MA) degree requirements


1) Four required foundation courses:

CY8001 Child and Youth Care Theory

This course explores the theoretical foundations of child and youth care practice, from its beginnings rooted in allied disciplines to the formation of field-specific theoretical and conceptual frameworks. Using some of the classic texts that emerged from the life-space orientation of scholars and practice leaders such as Fritz Redl, Bruno Bettelheim, Al Treischman and Henry Maier, students will engage contemporary core concepts of the field, including the use of Daily Life Events, life-space intervention, relational practice, the exploration of Self, Meaning Making and the context of interaction. 1 Credit

CY8002 Child and Youth Care Research Methods

This course is designed to enhance the research design and analysis skills of the student and to assist the student in planning and conducting the required Major Research Paper. The course assumes an introductory level familiarity with research methods and statistics. An underlying assumption of this course is that MA level students in Child and Youth Care should not only be able to read and critique the literature of the field, but also should have the skills to significantly contribute to that literature thus enhancing the professional credibility of Child and Youth Care. This course focuses on a conceptual understanding of a range of research and evaluation methods that are particularly prevalent in child and youth care contexts such as narrative, appreciative, and critical inquiries as well as quantitative data collection, management and analysis, including metrics used to evaluate the broader social impact of program and innovation initiatives in child and youth serving settings. The course furthermore builds capacity for students to undertake systematic literature reviews as a way of building evidence for aspects of their MRP projects. 1 Credit

CY8003 Advanced Clinical Practice in Child and Youth Care

This course provides an opportunity for intensive reading and experiential learning about current clinical practice with children and youth in the context of their life space including their family, the community, residential care and school. Students will increase their knowledge, competence, and skills to work effectively with children and adolescents from both a prevention and treatment perspective. The course is designed to facilitate the development of knowledge and skills in assessment and formulation, and in the delivery of culturally and contextually responsive effective intervention to children and their families. Students will enhance their ability to use clinical decision-making with real world complex situations. The approach to clinical practice is grounded in the understanding of the ultimate strength of children, youth and their families as well as the systems that support them. A trauma informed perspective that focuses on attachment, a systemic lens and a narrative approach to engagement will form the clinical foundations of the course. Students will have the opportunity to learn through models of clinical supervision such as clinical reflecting teams, peer debriefing techniques, simulated clinical scenarios through the use of actors, and critical self-reflection through the use of video clips and transcripts. 1 Credit

CY8004 Management and Policy Development in Child and Youth Care

This course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of program management and leadership in child and youth serving contexts. An explicitly child and youth care-informed approach to management and innovation is explored, and ultimately integrated into social innovation strategies designed to respond to specific mental health, child protection or child and youth well-being contexts. The course includes exploring policy frameworks that are central to the child and youth serving sector in Ontario and Canada. 1 Credit

2) Six-week, full-time placement:

CY8000 Child and Youth Care Placement

All students are required to complete a six-week, full time field placement (240 hours). Placements with an advanced practice focus will be limited to accredited or regulated service settings within Children’s Mental Health, Child Welfare, Education, Hospitals or Community. Placements with a research focus will be at large agencies with quality assurance departments, or professional groups with research functions (such as OARTY, OACAS, Centre for Excellence in Children’s Mental Health). Placements with either a management or a policy focus will be at regional MCYS offices, or with executive leadership at major agencies in the child and youth serving sectors. On a case-by-case basis, international or out of province placements will also be considered.

3) Major Research Paper (MRP):

Major Research Paper

The requirement for MRPs is a 50-page paper on an approved Child and Youth Care (CYC) focused topic that includes a thorough literature review and an original research contribution (which could be a systematic literature review or a small qualitative, quantitative or mixed-methods study). MRPs will be guided by an assigned supervisor from amongst the RFA faculty members of the School of Child & Youth Care, and will be evaluated in writing and through an oral defense by the Supervisor and a Second Reader, who could be a CYC faculty member or any Full or Associate member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.

4) Two elective courses from among the following:

Please note, not all elective courses will be offered in any given year.

  • CY8005 International Child & Youth Care Practice This course guides students through an exploration of child and youth care across the globe, with particular emphasis on South Africa, Germany, the UK, Ireland and the United States. The course examines the use and adaptation of core child and youth care concepts such as life-­‐space intervention, the use of daily life events, and meaning making in profoundly different cultural, socio-­‐economic and resource contexts. Students will be exposed to the theoretical frameworks of Isibindi (South Africa) and Social Pedagogy (Germany), as well as to the professional and organizational child and youth care landscape in the United States, UK, Ireland and elsewhere. This course can serve as a bridge to international placement opportunities for students interested in completing their placement requirements outside of Canada. 1 Credit

  • CY8006 Supervision in Child & Youth Care Practice This course helps students develop a comprehensive understanding of life-­‐space approaches to supervision consistent with relational practice, so that graduates can provide effective supervision to direct care practitioners in a range of agencies/settings. The course promotes a Child and Youth Care approach to supervision which, unlike traditional approaches to supervision, does not place an emphasis on hourly sit down meetings. Instead, the Child and Youth Care approach to supervision emphasizes the use of momentary encounters, focused on helping a practitioner develop the skills they need in the context in which it is needed, based on the annual professional development plan of the practitioner Thus, students will be encouraged to reflect on culture, context and self as they impact on the supervisory process. This course will develop the students’ knowledge of effective supervisory practice in a manner that will enhance their supervisory capabilities. 1 Credit

  • CY8007 Online Relational Child & Youth Care Practice This innovative course explores the new and exciting field of online relational practice in child and youth care.  Incorporating the ecological-­‐cyber systems framework and a children’s rights perspective, students will examine the potential of cyberspace as a site for intervention in the life-­‐space of children, youth, and their families. The focus of this course is the development of cyber counselling competencies and relationship building skills in the online environment. Through experiential learning, students are provided opportunities to go beyond the theoretical and explore situations in a simulated online counselling environment with supervision from the course instructor. The course examines leading edge theory and research and investigates the strengths and limitations of electronic modalities and important and distinct ethical issues including confidentiality, privacy, boundaries, and informed consent. This course requires students to engage in a thoughtful and critically reflective application of rights, ethics and theory to a Child and Youth Care approach to working with the cybersystem. 1 Credit

  • CS8924 Inclusion: Issues in Assessment*
  • CS8926 Risk & Resilience*
  • CS8938 Cross-cultural Development*
  • MN8936 Advanced Therapeutic Communication*

*Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar

  • CY8009 Children’s Rights in Practice This course examines the substantive and procedural implications of children’s rights upon practice in the field of child and youth care. Exploration of the influence of children’s rights will include consideration of therapeutic practice, research, and management and policy through such elements as language, rights-­‐ based approaches, processes, structures and monitoring results. Understanding and critical analysis of issues concerning young people will be advanced and identify some implications and appropriate follow-­‐up from a child rights-­‐based approach. Moreover, this course advances students’ abilities to explore and reflect the roles and significance of children’s rights, as well as to contribute to the discourse and field. 1 Credit

  • CS8903 Children Families Communities*

  • CS8936 Children’s Rights*
  • SK8202 Critical Perspectives on Child Welfare*

*Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar

  • CY8008 Social Innovation in Child & Youth Care Practice This course explores the intersection of the emergent field of social innovation and child and youth care practice. Specifically, the course focuses on social innovation concepts of collaboration, landscape approaches to inter­professional and cross-­jurisdictional work, and emergent approaches to transcending deeply embedded problem structures and processes. The focus is on embedding innovation and change-­‐oriented practices, fluid team structures, and managing multi-­‐layered complexity in child and youth service systems. Additional themes include an exploration of social finance, the ethical dilemmas embedded in innovation and change-­making as well as the implications of increasing partnerships between public and non-­profit sectors and the private sector. 1 Credit
  • SK8208 Indigenous Knowledge in Social Work*

*Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar

More electives
  • MN8911 Population Health & Health Promotion: Community & Global Perspectives*

  • MN8931 Diversity & Globalization: Promoting Urban Health*

*Course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Calendar