A five week distance-based practicum experience incorporating elements of PLAR (previous learning assessment and recognition), group work, reflective writing and case studies. This course requires students to engage with classmates, instructors and various online based learning resources in order to  promote professional skill acquisition and integration. Emphasis is placed on observation and recording skills, agency familiarity, awareness of self in relation to the children, adults and/or youths. The ability to demonstrate beginning level case management planning, prevention, intervention, and case-presentation skills with both a one-to-one focus and a group focus are also emphasized. The student’s primary purpose is to be able to demonstrate the understanding of professional competencies within the field of Human Services. The student must be able to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and self-awareness relevant to the field.

This site compliments the face to face classes. This course is designed to provide an overview of the child and youth care field, and the professional identity of child and youth care workers, which will enable students to work with and advocate for children, youth and families more effectively. The historical development of the field is explored and students gain a working understanding of the key concepts and basic principles of practice in the child and youth care field. They also develop a clear understanding of the similarities and differences in the role and function of child care professionals and other human service professionals.

This course is designed to provide students with a variety of theoretical perspectives to understanding families. It considers the diversity of families including exploration of cultural differences, same-sex parents, single parents and blended families. The role of marriage is examined, as well as childbearing and socialization. Issues such as middle age, empty nest, aging in the family, and special concerns such as chronic illness, disability, alcoholism, violence, and poverty are introduced.This is a student resource site that compliments the face to face classroom instruction.