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Youth Recreation Leadership Ontario College Graduate Certificate - Part-time

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  • Objectives
    This post degree/diploma certificate program is designed to provide recreation and leisure service practitioners with the opportunity to acquire specialized skills, knowledge and attitudes related to youth and essential youth services. As a graduate of the Youth Recreation Leadership Certificate Program, employment opportunities would exist in many agencies, including: municipalities, YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Youth Centre, non-profit agencies, group homes and private industry.
  • Academic Title
    Youth Recreation Leadership Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Course description
    REC8070      Field Practicum/Applied Project (Youth Recreation Leadership)
    Description: The Field Placement provides the learner with the opportunity to practice the theory taught in the classroom. The learner will work with a preceptor in the field to develop the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes consistent with entering the recreation and leisure service profession as a youth specialist. The preceptor will act as a role model, share knowledge, facilitate learning experiences and assist in the development of the learners professionalism and awareness of practice in the field. It is expected that the learner will create a relationship of mutual exchange through his/her contributions to the field placement. The learner, directed and supervised by a field practitioner, will complete an applied project assessing a youth program or service of significance to the field placement agency. The field placement, an experiential learning opportunity, encouraged the learner to reflect on experiences in order to find personal meaning and to further incorporate their learning into their lives and career choices.
    Hours: 140
    Credits: 5
    Pre-Requisites: REC8310, REC8320, REC8330, REC8340, REC8350, REC8360

    REC8310     Introduction To Youth And Youth Cultures

    Description: This course presents a historical perspective on youth and youth recreation services and investigates all aspects and stages of youth development. Building on an understanding of the stages of development the course focuses on fostering the development of youth as individuals, as well as, the development of youth as leaders. The social and cultural context of today's youth is explored. As is, the needs of special populations and gender specific uniqueness. The student will be challenged to transfer the theoretical based learning into practice.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    REC8320     Facilitating Innovative Recreation Programming For Youth

    Description: A comprehensive study of the principles and practices of recreation programming for youth will be undertaken in this course. Special attention will be given to the diverse roles of a recreation programmer and to the continuum of direct to indirect service provision. The course will emphasize youth-centred and situationally focused program management. Techniques for involving and empowering youth will be discussed. The roles of volunteers and their relationship to community will be addressed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: REC8310

    REC8330     Management And Administration Of Youth Recreation Programs And Services

    Description: This course explores the effective management and administration of programs and services for youth. Included in this study are areas of fiscal management, human resources management and development of policies and procedures. Issues of liability and risk management in the leisure professions are discussed. Various models of governance are investigated. Cooperative agreements and/or partnerships are studied. Planning and evaluation techniques are presented.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: REC8310

    REC8340     Intervention And Referral Counselling Skills

    Description: This course focuses on conflict and behaviour management of adolescents. Learners will learn strategies in facilitation, mediation, and negotiation. Non-violent crisis intervention skills are investigated. Active listening and effective questioning techniques will be discussed. In addition, the learner will assess situations that require referral to outside agencies and develop a referral counseling directory.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: REC8310

    REC8350     Youth And Legislation

    Description: In this course, the student will explore the theoretical and practical underpinnings of trauma and its effects on children, youth and families. Students will also receive information and training on a well established psycho-educational trauma treatment program titled ITTM The Intergenerational Trauma Treatment Model.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: REC8310

    REC8360     Sustaining Youth Recreation Programs And Services

    Description: Advocating and marketing youth programs and services, accessing community resources and generating operational dollars is a challenge of all practitioners of youth programs and services. This course will explore program and service marketing, resource acquisition and revenue generation in detail.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: REC8310

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