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PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Hours: 0
Course Code: SAFE-1005



Counselling I

An introduction to the core elements of a helping relationship and the corresponding strategies used to develop such a relationship. A variety of skills used in the counselling process are examined. A central theme presented throughout this course is the necessity for students to develop an ongoing commitment to self-awareness as a vital part of their counselling framework.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COUN-1100



Counselling II

Students examine the action, evaluation and termination components of the counselling process. The importance of effective communication in dealing with crisis-oriented and challenging situations, as well as, communication roadblocks are explored. A variety of the core couselling skills are demonstrated. A central theme presented throughout this course is the necessity for students to develop an ongoing commitment to self-awareness as a vital part of their counselling framework.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COUN-1200



Orientation to the Child and Youth Care Field

Students experience a broad introduction to the multi-contextual field of child and youth care: child welfare, educational, justice, health and community. Students explore the varied resources available to children and families as well as the employment options for a child and youth care worker.

Hours: 60
Course Code: CYCW-1035



Family Systems

Students examine basic family systems theory and are introduced to contemporary issues involving families across the lifespan.

Hours: 45
Course Code: CYCW-1200



Case Management

An introduction to the process and components of case management. Students are exposed to the creation of case plans using assessment tools in the development, revision, and conclusion of the plan. Students explore the role of a case worker and involvement in a multi-disciplinary team.

Hours: 45
Course Code: CYCW-1205



Child Abuse

Students are provided with a comprehensive overview of the primary categories of child maltreatment. Students study the complex interplay between the parent, child, environment, and society. Another major component of this course is the identification of the physical, emotional, and behavioral indicators of abuse, casework implications, and the process of treatment for the child victim, the child's family, and his/her abuser. Attention will also be given to the long-term behavioral outcomes and styles of coping often exhibited by abuse survivors.

Hours: 45
Course Code: CYCW-1230



Family Support and Intervention

Students explore the various types of adversity that families can face and the impact that they have on the individuals and the family system. Students aslo examine the conceptual frameworks used to assess family systems and use a strength based approach to working with families.

Hours: 45
Course Code: CYCW-1300



Issues in Child Welfare

Students are introduced to the world of child welfare from a historical, clinical, and legislative perspective. Students explore the core themes of attachment, separation, grief, and placement that impact children and their families when they become immersed in the foster care system and beyond. Effective interventions and treatment approaches are examined as well as the roles and responsibilities of the legal and community agencies involved in case planning. The continuum of care for out of home placements is studied and beneficial strategies are noted that meet the child's attachment and relationship needs.

Hours: 45
Course Code: CYCW-2100



Self Reflection II

Students explore self reflection practice in an independent study format. Utilizing personal insight gained in previous courses, students explore values, beliefs, lifestyles, and family of origin issues and to acknowledge personal growth achievements and consider opportunities for future growth.

Hours: 30
Course Code: CYCW-2110



The Therapeutic Milieu

Students become familiar with a competency-based philosophy and approach to assessing and intervening with children in a variety of settings. Developing and implementing behavior management strategies will be a dominant focus of this course. Students examine environmental design issues and the importance of daily living activities as seen within the context of the therapeutic milieu.

Hours: 45
Course Code: CYCW-2120



Youth Substance Abuse and Addictions

Students reflect on the current issues in the field of substance use and abuse and provides an overview of terminology, theories of addiction, psychoactive substances, treatment options, treatment resources and prevention strategies. The skills required to become a competent helper for those who struggle with use and abuse of substances will be discussed with particular emphasis on the role of the CYC professional.

Hours: 45
Course Code: CYCW-2130



Group Dynamics

Students explore the complexities of the group work process both in community based and residential settings. A central theme discussed is the role of group work as an effective treatment modality for children. In regards to residential groups, another major component of this course examines the patterns of group dynamic structure including recognition of typical group roles of residents, problematic group behavior, appropriate staff interventions, and recording group behavior.

Hours: 45
Course Code: EDUC-1200



Designing Youth Programming

Students are introduced to the importance of therapeutic programming for children in a variety of settings. Students are provided with a conceptual framework and the necessary skills to develop programs that can be used in the attainment of leisure, educational, and therapeutic goals with children.

Hours: 45
Course Code: EDUC-1210



Personal Wellness

Exploration of personal wellness. Students examine the sources and effects of stress. Strategies to maintain wellness and support personal growth are investigated, with students identifying strategies that are most beneficial to them.

Hours: 30
Course Code: HLTH-1000



Food Service Sanitation Certificate

Students attend a food service safety course featuring a presentation on safe food preparation, how food poisoning happens, and how it can be prevented. Students will learn how to prevent food preparation mistakes that lead to disease outbreaks and possible damage to operator reputation. Students gain confidence that food handling practices are in keeping with recommended practices.

Hours: 8
Course Code: NCPR-1000



Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Students attain skills on how to prevent a potential crisis from occuring and how to intervene in a crisis situation. Students are introduced to and practice physical skills to use when managing disruptive behaviours.

Hours: 16
Course Code: NCPR-1006



Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

The ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community. Students learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

Hours: 16
Course Code: NCPR-1009



Individual Practicum I

Students interact with an "at risk" child referred by a community agency. The importance of building genuine relationships characterized by empathy and acceptance in promoting healthy personal development in children is the focus. Students are responsible to conduct a child and family/caregiver needs assessment in conjunction with the referral agency.

Hours: 80
Course Code: PRAC-1025



Individual Practicum II

Students continue to interact with the "at risk" child referred by a community agency. At this stage in the relationship, the focus is on collaborative case planning, setting goals and implementing strategies to meet the needs of the child and family/caregiver.

Hours: 90
Course Code: PRAC-1205



Individual Practicum III

Students continue to interact with the "at risk" child referred by a community agency. At the final stage in the relationship, the focus is on evaluation and supporting the child and family/caregiver duing the conclusion of the relationship.

Hours: 35
Course Code: PRAC-1305



Group Work Practicum

Students gain practical training in group design and facilitation. Students create, organize, and facilitate discussion/activity group with children. Group participants are selected on the basis of need and identified social skills deficits. This practicum provides students with valuable experience in developing leadership skills, behavior management strategies, and programming skills.

Hours: 90
Course Code: PRAC-2100



Child and Youth Care Worker Practicum

Student's suitability and readiness to meet the challenges of the child and youth care field is affirmed. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their professional skills, attitudes and abilities to work both independently and collectively in a child care setting.

Hours: 600
Course Code: PRAC-2205



Developmental Psychology

Students examine the normal range of child and adolescent development including physical, emotional, social, and intellectual. The influence of family, school, and community upon the identity of the child is explored through prominent developmental theories. Strong emphasis is placed on the issues of attachment and bonding, the long term implications for healthy functioning, and the situations that can alter healthy development.

Hours: 45
Course Code: PSYC-1100



Children's Mental Health

Students examine a wide range of behavioral, psychological, and social problems experienced by children including treatment approaches currently endorsed to address these mental health issues. Causes and prevalence of the most common disorders experienced by children and assessments and diagnostic methods used in the mental health field will be discussed.

Hours: 60
Course Code: PSYC-2100