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1 Ontario Colleges Child and Youth Worker Programs
Joanne Cox - Fanshawe Pat Anderchek - Mohawk

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History _____________________________________ Thistletown Hospital was set up as a treatment and teaching hospital dealing with emotionally disturbed children. 1960’s – C.P.R.I., Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, Provincial Institute of Trade, Sacred Heart (http://spin.mohawkc.on.ca/cyw/Intro_to_CYPractice\curriculum\History_Module\index.html

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CAAT Training Programs _____________________________________ Child Care Worker Programs, 2 yrs DACUM Chart stated the specific skills for Child Care Work Training Profile formed the basis for the change from a 2 to 3 year program 1987- Child and Youth Worker Programs, 3 yrs

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Currently _____________________________________ 16 programs throughout the province 3000 students enrolled provincially 1000 graduates annually 75% to 85% employment rates

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Sectors _____________________________________ children's mental health residential and community based services family preservation youth in conflict with the law -open and secure custody, community services elementary and secondary schools

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Sectors (continued) _____________________________________ child welfare -residential, family support, supervised access, child protection emergency shelters outreach programs psychiatric facilities specialized foster care private practice violence against woman services -vaw

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Curriculum _____________________________________ child development & behaviour disorders intervention strategies assessment & clinical recording family systems & family violence therapeutic programming life skills self awareness professional issues ethics individual & group counselling

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Curriculum (continued) _____________________________________ residential & community based services community intervention management of aggressive behaviour treatment modalities legislation health care & pharmacology group dynamics and processes case management

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Field Placements _____________________________________ 700 to1500 hours adopts the role of a CYW supervision by college

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Child and Youth Workers: _____________________________________ “are specialists in facilitating change in children and youths who are experiencing a range of social, emotional, or behavioural challenges in their lives.”

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Vocational Standards _____________________________________ : Standards -wide consultation between various stake holders, employers & colleges -includes both Vocational Learning Outcomes and Generic Skills Learning Outcomes 2000: revised Standards -officially released 2002 -regular revisions to ensure that the Child and Youth Worker Program Standard remains appropriate and relevant to the needs of students and employers across the Province of Ontario

12 Synopsis of the Vocational Learning Outcomes
Child and Youth Worker Programs (©2002, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities) The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to develop and maintain therapeutic relationships*. foster and utilize therapeutic* environments* of a residential and non-residential nature which respect culture and which promote well-being and facilitate positive change for children, youths, and their families. design and implement strategies which promote client* advocacy and community education to enhance psycho- social development in children, youths, and their families.

13 4. employ effective intervention strategies
4. employ effective intervention strategies* in the areas of therapeutic* programming, individual counseling*, and group work which comply with the treatment aims for the client*. 5. collaborate with other service providers and form professional relationships* in order to enhance the quality of service for children, youths, and their families. perform ongoing self-assessment and utilize self-care strategies* to enhance professional* competence. identify and use professional* development resources and activities which promote professional* growth. communicate effectively in oral, written, nonverbal, and electronic forms to enhance the quality of service.

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Elements of Performance _____________________________________ 2. The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to foster and utilize therapeutic* environments* of a residential and non-residential nature which respect culture and which promote well-being and facilitate positive change for children, youths, and their families. Elements of the Performance Assess*, in collaboration with relevant others, the cultural, developmental, and social needs of individuals and groups in the context of their current environments* Plan and implement selected strategies to foster and utilize therapeutic* environments*

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Elements (continued) _____________________________________ Evaluate the results of implemented strategies and make necessary adaptations which facilitate positive change Utilize therapeutic* environments* to maximize learning and growth for children and youths Apply therapeutic* principles and theories to a variety of situations and surroundings to create therapeutic* environments*

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Current Situation _____________________________________ nature of the college system independence of the various programs historically focused on local communities

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Current Situation (continued) _____________________________________ beginning stages of exploring external evaluation of College programs to ensure Standards of Practice utilization of present Standards document?

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Content: Joanne Cox, Pat Anderchek Graphics: Andrew Connery Construction: Pat Anderchek _____________________________________ October 2002


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