B.5: Developing Child and Youth Care competencies on a budget – Developing Professional Practice in Child and Youth Care with Accessible On-line Learning
Working with complex children, youth and families is both rewarding and challenging. Child and Youth Care is a demanding field, requiring specific knowledge and skills. To be successful in this field, continual professional development is necessary. Along with experience, it is what transforms a new CYC staff member to a skillful practitioner. However, most organizations are struggling to budget for the minimal training required by funders and accreditation bodies, let alone specific Child and Youth Care competencies.
The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta (CYCAA) is one of the largest and most established CYC Associations in Canada. For over thirty years our focus has been to improve services to children, youth and families through the professional development of our members. Not only does CYCAA offer opportunities to increase knowledge and best practices through workshops and conferences, we have also developed CYC related on-line learning, now available to anyone in Canada and even internationally at minimal cost. The online program has been developed to attend to the specific Attitudes, Skills and Knowledge required of CYC Counsellors in three different levels, ensuring that each user has access to the information best suited to their needs and experience. This includes basic CYC concepts, a Certification level, as well as continued professional development level for experienced, certified counsellors.
Join us in this interactive workshop to learn more about the Alberta experience and our on-line education program. Explore how you can use professional development opportunities to transform your staff, your practice and your outcomes for minimal cost to your organization.