A unique manual to the discipline, Reflective Practice in Child and Youth Care addresses the need for distinct models of reflective practice across all Child and Youth Care (CYC) sectors. This seminal work contextualizes the history of reflective practice and provides readers with the necessary tools to develop their own approach to reflective practice. Special topics and key concepts include reflective practice theory, the mindfulness-reflection connection, and transformative learning techniques.
Aligned with the CYC Code of Ethics and the CYC Competencies of Professionalism, this book promotes self-awareness and critical self-reflection through case studies, end-of chapter discussion questions, reflective writing templates, and self-assessment exercises. Fostering reflective methods and self-care strategies that can be used in practicums and professional settings, this unique workbook is an essential resource for students at any stage of a college or university program in child and youth care.
connects to concepts that are covered across child and youth care program courses, strengthening student comprehension
provides exercises that range in content and depth to ensure student engagement throughout the completion of the textbook
Chapter 3: The Knowing, Being, and Doing of Child and Youth Care Practice
Chapter 4: Making Meaning of Experiences
Chapter 5: Mindfulness
Chapter 6: The Reflective Process
Chapter 7: Reflective Thinking
Chapter 8: Critical Thinking
Chapter 9: Reflective Learning
Chapter 10: Reflective Tools for the Reflective Practitioner
Chapter 11: Reflective Journals
Chapter 12: Establishing a Community of Practice
Chapter 13: Transformative Learning
Appendix I: Standards for Practice of North American Child & Youth Care Professionals
Appendix II: Competencies for Professional Child & Youth Work Practitioners
Appendix III: Beliefs Exercise
Appendix IV: Values Exercise
Appendix V: Reflective Inquiry Questions
Appendix VI: Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Template
Appendix VII: Iceberg Template
Appendix VIII: Observation Log Template
Appendix IX: Reflective Process Model
Appendix X: Schon’s Reflection on Action/in Action Guidelines
Appendix XI: Key Theoretical Frameworks of Child and Youth Care Practice
Appendix XII: Critical Thinking in Action
Appendix XIII: Reflective Journal Guidelines and Template
Appendix XIV: Legislation Governing Child and Youth Care Practice
Donicka Budd is currently practicing as a Registered Psychotherapist. She holds over 20 years of front-line experience supporting children, youth, families, and staff teams through her work in residential homes, school boards, children’s mental health agencies, and private practices. She has also taught for 11 years in Child and Youth Care programs in Ontario colleges. Donicka received her Child and Youth Worker Diploma from Humber College, a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care from Ryerson University, and a Master's in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Wilfrid Laurier University.
“Reflective practice is a difficult task—even for the most experienced practitioner … and engaging students in the core concepts and providing practical examples are key for their implementation in practice. We need to put in the work, and Reflective Practice in Child and Youth Care provides the opportunity to do just that.”
—Chelan McCallion, Assistant Program Director at Hull Services and Instructor, Faculty of Health, Community and Education, Child Studies and Social Work, Mount Royal University
The Instructor’s Manual for Reflective Practice in Child and Youth Care includes eleven parts and four appendices, featuring reflective teaching tools, assignment ideas and sample rubrics, considerations for further practice, and more.
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