Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
364 pages
8.5 x 11 inches
January 2020
Print ISBN: 9781773381398


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

Table of Contents

List of Appendices




Chapter 1 Reflective Practice
Chapter 2 Starting Where You Are
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



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