"A major outcome of this development within child and youth care has been the challenge to workers to engage with the experience of the youth as that experience is occurring, and to work with the youth to live differently in the context within which they find themselves."
- Dr. Thom Garfat, from The Effective Child and Youth Care Intervention: A Phenomenological Inquiry
The essence of working effectively with children, youth, and families lies in our ability to use everyday life events as they are occurring to help facilitate change. This is especially true for those who work in afterschool, youth development, education, therapeutic environments, foster care - or any setting where the adult is engaged with young people in their daily lives.
This course guides participants to recognize moments as opportunities to connect and engage more intentionally in the process of helping others. It is based on the work of Thom Garfat, Ph.D., the initial developer of the course from his research into effective interventions with children and families. The online modules were designed by Heather Sago, Program Coordinator of Child and Youth Care at Fleming College in Ontario.
Included in the course are 7 self-paced modules accompanied by weekly 45-minute group videoconference discussions. In each of these interactive sessions you'll dive deeper into the following course topics:
James Freeman is a certified trainer for The Purposeful Use of Daily Life Events by Dr. Thom Garfat and has published a multi-level evaluation on the impact of the training on adult-child relationships.