Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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253 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
February 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773380827


In this seminal resource, Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi identifies an underlying absence of unifying theory and practice in Canada's child and youth residential care and treatment services. By drawing on organizational examples from across Canada, Gharabaghi exposes how the historical dynamics of mediocrity and complacency have led to inadequate standards and practices within the system. More assuredly, this resource exposes readers to alternative ways of re-imagining a system that is designed from a space of care, healing, and growth that promotes autonomy for all young people.

This well-timed resource offers the child and youth services community a positive, constructive, and revolutionary framework for residential care and treatment that is fundamentally based on a partnership between caregivers and young people, their families, neighbourhoods, and communities. Dr. Gharabaghi’s sophisticated and provocative analysis of the system’s key issues is an essential resource for students, practitioners, and educators in the field of child and youth care and in the human services more broadly.


Table of Contents


“Dial Tone” by Cory MacKinlay

Introduction: The Problem of Translation

Chapter 1: The Voices of Young People

Chapter 2: Theoretical Foundations of Residential Care and Treatment in Canada

Chapter 3: Practice-Based Evidence for Excellence

Chapter 4: Institutional and Everyday Cultures

Chapter 5: Aesthetic and Sensory Contexts

Chapter 6: Beyond the Plan of Care

Chapter 7: The Lived Experience of Staff

Chapter 8: Networked Practices

Chapter 9: Residential Care and Treatment in the Context of Systems

Chapter 10: Re-Designing the Professional Landscapes for Residential Care and Treatment in Canada

Conclusion: The Case for a Democratic System of Care




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