Foundations of Child and Youth Care

Author(s): Carol Stuart, Kristen Fryer

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2022

Pages: 450


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Foundations of Child & Youth Care explores the field of child and youth care, introducing unique perspectives, theories, and interventions in which the practice is grounded as well as emerging concepts essential to current practice.  

Foundations of Child & Youth Care : 

  • Describes foundational concepts while challenging readers and instructors to further understand and investigate  areas of interest through suggested resources, chapter exercises and practice examples  
  • Effectively combines the importance of personal and professional learning through suggested exercises that give students the opportunity to reflect on their current knowledge and understanding of the world around them  
  • Integrates terminology that is inclusive and reflects what is used in the rapidly changing field of child and youth care  
  • Features updated links, tips and resources and references  
  • Incorporates updated information representing a primarily North American perspective on the field. 

Foundations of Child & Youth Care prepares the student to understand themselves and their practice in order to develop meaningful and therapeutic relationships that benefit children, youth, and families. 

This book also describes the approach that child and youth care practitioners take to do the work that they do. Foundations of Child & Youth Care will ensure that students become skilled, reflective and knowledgeable practitioners.  

Chapter 1  Defining Moments 

Chapter 2  Historical Perspectives on Childhood and Professional Caregiving

Chapter 3  The Learning Journey: Stages of Professional Development and Transformative Learning 

Chapter 4  Understanding the Milieu 

Chapter 5  An Introduction to Theory and the Domains of Practice 

Chapter 6  The Self 

Chapter 7  Professionalism and Professional Caring in the Social-Political Context

Chapter 8  Communication

Chapter 9  Relationships 

Chapter 10 Critically Applied Human Development 

Chapter 11 The Systems Context

Chapter 12 Approaches to Intervention

Carol Stuart

Dr. Carol Stuart, B.A., B.P.H.E., M.Ed., Ph.D. (UVIC)

Provost and Vice-President Academic, Vancouver Island University Adjunct Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, Ryerson University, University of Victoria

Carol lives on the beautiful west coast of Canada on Vancouver Island with her husband and an assorted menagerie (domestic and wild).

Carol’s career began in residential care in Ontario, Canada and she has years of experience in the child and youth care field across Canada. She has worked with in residential and community-based Child and Youth Care organizations and has been a faculty member at the Schools of Child and Youth Care with Grant MacEwan Community College (now University), University of Victoria and Ryerson University.

Carol's research interests include professional practice standards; integrated service delivery; the relationship between child and youth care competencies and outcomes for children and youth; participatory and qualitative approaches to research. She is the author of “Foundations of Child and Youth Care” and the co-author of “Right Here, Right Now: Life-space Intervention for Children and Youth” (2012-Pearson, Canada).

Carol has had a major role in developing the competencies and certification exams for child and youth care used in Alberta and in North America and is a certified CYC with Alberta, Ontario, and internationally with the Child and Youth Care Certification Board (CYCCB), Inc. She was a founding Board member and the chair of the Competency Review committee for CYCCB, Inc. She was one of the founding members of the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada.

Kristen Fryer


Faculty of Child and Youth Care Program, Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology

Kristen graduated from the Child and Youth Worker program at Fanshawe College where she is now a full time faculty member. She is passionate about bringing her years of experience to the classroom and introducing students to the world of child and youth care. Kristen has worked in the field of child and youth care for 21 years with experience in the justice system with young offenders, in the education system, child welfare and in the mental health system with child and adolescent psychiatry. With a passion for child and youth care Kristen is certified with the Child and Youth Care Certification Board (CYCCB) and is a member of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care.  Kristen also has a degree Child and Youth Care from Ryerson University and a Masters of Education from Western University.

Related ISBN's: 9781792486364, 9781792496486




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