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¹Bamber, J., & Murphy, H. (1999). Youth work: The possibilities for critical practice. Journal of Youth Studies, 2(2), 227-242 doi:10.1080/13676261.1999.10593037
YouthREX has developed this professional development certificate Critical Youth Work: Bridging Theory and Practice to provide Ontario youth workers with the space to engage in critical dialogue and learning about the political, social and economic realities that characterize youth work.
This certificate will provide participants with the tools to critically analyze key youth work issues, and options for creative and viable forms of transformative practices that support and strengthen youth wellbeing.
Successful participation and completion of the three modules of the certificate entitles participants to a Certificate of Completion from the Youth Research and Evaluation eXchange, York University.
Please note that the course is completely free. The cost of all the course materials, as well as lunch on each of the three days of the course will be covered.
Eligible participants will have a minimum of two years youth sector experience and will be currently engaged in Ontario’s youth sector either in a paid or volunteer capacity. Eligible participants will also be:
The Policy and Personal Context of Youth Work in Ontario
The first module on the first Friday will examine and critique the major policies that have impacted Ontario youth work in the last decade, including the Ontario Youth Action Plan, the Enhanced Youth Action Plan and the Stepping Up Framework for Youth Wellbeing.
Theorizing Critical Youth Work – Dilemmas, Challenges and Possibilities
The second module will critically review the major theoretical and conceptual frameworks that underpin youth work discourses such as ‘youth at risk’; resilience; youth violence; criminalization; positive youth development; youth engagement and marginalization.
Theory into Action – Best/Good/Promising Youth Work Practices
The third module on the third and last Friday will critically integrate the policy, personal and theoretical analyses from Modules One and Two into a practice context.