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Child and Youth Care
Note: For Transferability of CYC courses, see the Child and Youth Care Education Consortium of B.C.’s website at www.cycec.bc.ca for transfer agreements.

English Language Requirements
Beginning Fall, 2007 students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ESL or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

CYC 2013 credits
Introduction to Professional Child and Youth Care
Prerequisite(s): Departmentally approved certificate or diploma or 30 university-transfer credits or permission of the program head
This course presents an overview of the child and youth care field. It is a required course for program students, however it is also available for non-program students. Content includes a survey of the history of the profession and the role of the child and youth care practitioner across a broad spectrum of settings.

CYC 2103 credits
Professional Practice Issues in Child and Youth Care
(formerly CYC 200B)
Prerequisite(s): Departmentally approved related certificate or diploma or 30 university-transfer credits or permission of the program head.
This course explores child and youth care professional practice issues within the context of ethics, professional identity, and interdisciplinary approach. Skills for written and verbal communication are advanced throughout the course as well as workplace standards for documentation. The course will look at legislation governing child and youth care practice.

CYC 2203 credits
Theoretical Foundations for Child and Youth Care
(formerly CYC 200A)
Prerequisite(s): Departmentally approved related certificate or diploma or 30 university-transfer credits or permission of the program head
This course introduces theories of behaviour change, a systems orientation to personal and organizational change, and a normative developmental approach as a basis for developing a personal/professional theoretical perspective for child and youth care practice.

CYC 2603 credits
Special Topics in Child and Youth Care
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the CYC degree program or permission of the program head
This course provides an opportunity to examine selected current issues in child and youth care. With approval of the program head, this course may be taken more than once for credit.

CYC 2673 credits
Introduction to Working with Individuals in Child and Youth Care
(formerly CYC 252A)
Prerequisite(s): Departmentally approved related certificate or diploma or 30 university-transfer credits or permission of the program head
This course focuses on facilitating purposeful change in the lives of children and youth. Self-awareness and the importance and use of therapeutic relationships are explored in the context of helping process model and core communication skills. Change theory, risk assessment, and crisis intervention are introduced as they relate to child and youth care practice.

CYC 2683 credits
Introduction to Working with Groups and Families in Child and Youth Care
(formerly CYC 252B)
Prerequisite(s): CYC 267 with a C+ or higher; departmentally approved related certificate or diploma, or 30 university transfer credits, or permission of the Department Head.
This course focuses on using core communication skills and helping strategies to work in groups and connect with families. Group and family dynamics will be
explored in the context of child and youth care practice. The prevention of abuse and neglect and cycles of family and community violence will be examined.
Contemporary models of community service to children, youth, and families will be explored.

CYC 3109 credits
Supervised Practicum
Offered as CYC 310A/310B
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the CYC Program, all 200-level courses need to be completed.
Pre- or corequisite(s): CYC 320, CYC 321, CYC 340, CYC 341(formerly CYC 301A, CYC 301B, CYC 338A, CYC 338B)
This course requires students to work directly with children/youth in a supervised practice situation in order to promote professional skill acquisition and integration. Emphasis is placed on observation and recording skills, understanding the structure and functioning of a service agency, and fostering an awareness of professional functioning in relation to children, youth, and agency workers. Attention will also be given to development of beginning-level case planning, intervention, and case presentation skills with both one-to-one and group focus.
Note: CYC 310 is a full-year course. CYC 310A is normally offered Sept-Dec, and CYC 310B follows. CYC 310B must be taken in the same academic year as CYC 310A. Students must take both to receive credit.

CYC 3203 credits
Administration in CYC Practice
(formerly CYC 301A)
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the CYC degree program and successful completion of all CYC 200-level core courses
This course integrates theory and practice in the application of child and youth care by focusing on assessment, case planning, and intervention using major therapeutic approaches and their associated models for case management.

CYC 3213 credits
Critical Issues in Current CYC Practice
(formerly CYC 301B)
Prerequisite(s): CYC 320, admission to the CYC degree program, and all CYC 200-level core courses.
This course examines issues that are pertinent and critical in the lives of children and youth. Students will analyze areas of practice, and demonstrate competence
in real or simulated examples using professional knowledge, skills, values, and styles.

CYC 3403 credits
Developmental Theory in CYC Practice
(formerly CYC 338A)
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the CYC degree program, successful completion of all CYC 200-level core courses, and one developmental psychology course
This course focuses on the understanding of developmental theory. The content examines the history of eight contemporary theories and relevant implications in practice with children, youth, and their families. The context of the ecological model is used as a unifying construct for considering all work with children, youth, and families with this course material.

CYC 3413 credits
Applying Developmental Theory to CYC Practice
(formerly CYC 338B)
Prerequisite(s): CYC 340, admission to the CYC degree program, and all CYC 200-level core courses.
This course focuses on the clinical application of contemporary developmental theory. The content examines the application of eight contemporary theories to the
various community agencies, and issues relevant to the field of practice with children, youth, and their families. The course emphasizes program design and
professional practice for all work with children, youth, and families.

CYC 3603 credits
Special Topics in Child and Youth Care
Developed in partnership with the University of Victoria
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the CYC degree program or permission of the program head
This course provides an opportunity to examine selected current issues in child and youth care. With approval of the program head, this course may be taken more than once for credit.

CYC 3906 credits
Directed Studies in Child and Youth Care
Developed in partnership with the University of Victoria
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the CYC degree program or permission of the program head
Research projects, directed readings, or additional course work in a specified area. May be taken more than once for credit, provided the course content is different from that previously taken.

CYC 3943 credits
Introduction to Substance Abuse
Prerequisite(s): 45 credits from a Human Service program or Arts and Sciences, including PSYC 101, or instructor's permission
This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of the nature and extent of both chemical dependencies and addictive behaviours. Students will explore various theoretical perspectives on the nature of addictions. Topics include an overview of commonly abused substances, the use/misuse/abuse continuum, the social costs of addiction, specific drugs, social issues around addiction, and prevention and treatment of addictions. There will be an emphasis on issues related to gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and age. The particular focus on social work/social services in the continuum of care will be examined.
Note: Credit cannot be obtained for both CYC 394 and SSSW 394.

CYC 4109 credits
Advanced Practice in CYC
Offered as CYC 410A/410B
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the CYC degree program and successful completion of all 300-level CYC core courses.
Corequisite(s): CYC 423, 425, 467, 468, and 469. Note: CYC 469 is not a pre- or co-requisite for CYC 410A, but it is for CYC 410B.
This supervised practicum focuses on application of learning. If possible, students are placed in their chosen professional area of interest. This course provides an opportunity to apply case-planning, intervention, and evaluation skills at an advanced level. Professional consultation, clinical functioning, and the integration of theory and practice are emphasized. Ten hours per week in the practicum setting and one hour per week in a seminar are required. CYC 410 is a full-year course. CYC 410A is normally offered September-December and CYC 410B follows. CYC 410B must be taken in the same academic year as CYC 410A. Students must take both to receive credit.

CYC 4233 credits
Research Methods in Child and Youth Care
Developed in partnership with the University of Victoria
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the CYC degree program or permission of instructor
This course introduces students to ways in which research in the child and youth care field is conducted. Within an applied research context, students will investigate the knowledge and skills necessary to locate, understand, and utilize research relating to the field of CYC. Students will examine and apply basic issues, designs, and methodologies within qualitative and quantitative research models.

CYC 4253 credits
Data Analysis in Child and Youth Care
Developed in partnership with the University of Victoria
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the CYC degree program or permission of instructor.
This course introduces students to data analysis in the child and youth care field, including both theoretical and practical perspectives. The first half of the course is spent considering a variety of quantitative techniques. The remainder of the course explores qualitative analysis and its guiding principles.

CYC 4673 credits
Advanced Skills with Individuals in Child and Youth Care
(formerly CYC 474)
Prerequisite(s): Admission to CYC degree program and successful completion of 300-level CYC core courses
This course focuses on the development of skills in working with individual children and youth. You will apply behavioural change theories in a laboratory environment and receive feedback on your application of interventions in child and youth care practice.

CYC 4683 credits
Advanced Skills with Groups in Child and Youth Care
(formerly CYC 465)
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the CYC degree program and successful completion of all 300-level CYC core courses
Theoretical approaches and techniques related to the planning and management of groups is presented. Content focuses on developing plans to organize and conduct groups for children, youth and families. You will apply theory through leading group interventions and will receive feedback on you work in a laboratory-style environment.

CYC 4693 credits
Advanced Skills with Families in Child and Youth Care
(formerly CYC 466)
Prerequisite(s): Admission to CYC degree program and successful completion of CYC 320, CYC 310A/B, and CYC 340 (formerly CYC 301, CYC 310, and CYC 338)
This course presents conceptual frameworks and models for understanding family functioning and parenting. The child and youth care service settings in which family work occurs are identified; family assessment methodologies and interventions that are appropriate to child and youth care workers in these settings are presented.

CYC 4906 credits
Directed Studies in Child and Youth Care
Developed in partnership with the University of Victoria
Prerequisite(s): Admission to the CYC degree program or permission of the program head
Research projects, directed readings, or additional course work in a specified area. May be taken more than once for credit, provided the course content is different from that previously taken.

CYC 4963 credits
Special Topics: Disability Issues
Prerequisite(s): Admission into the CYC or BSW programs. (Students with a minimum of 45 credits in other degree programs may be able to obtain instructor's permission at the first class. However, they should check with the program head to see whether they can apply this course to their program).
This course involves students in an examination of perspectives on disability, as well as critical analysis of current theories, policies, and practice. The course begins with an examination of common assumptions about disability and provides opportunities to challenge and critique interpretations of the nature and meaning of disability. Several frameworks are proposed for approaching disability issues, with emphasis given to a social justice framework which emphasizes the citizenship and human rights of people with disabilities. The history of attitudes about, and treatment of , people with disabilities is examined. Significant events and the contributions of pioneers of the disability rights movement are also highlighted. The roles and perspectives of people with disabilities, family members, and professionals in service systems are examined in the context of a range of topics.
Note: Credit cannot be obtained for both CYC 496 and SOWK 496.

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