Participants learn the fundamentals of development related to children and youth. The course focuses on issues that impact healthy development and which may result in the onset of problematic behaviour in childhood and adolescence. The importance of developing rapport, mutual trust and respect when working with young clients is highlighted throughout the course.  

Family issues, peer culture, puberty, respect and responsibility, drug and alcohol issues, high-risk behavior and aggression are considered. Therapeutic approaches for working with young people are addressed, and assessment and screening tools and their application will be examined.  Students will be provided with the tools necessary to assist youth to navigate the challenging path leading to adulthood and therefore assist them to become healthy, productive and contributing participants in the community.

This course provides students with the skills necessary to identify the addictive process and to counsel clients in various stages of the process of change. The many forms of addictions will be examined, and the skills needed to assist clients will be demonstrated and practised. The focus of the course is the development of a thorough understanding of the Stages of Change Model.  The course will provide insight into the use and mis-use of psychoactive drugs in the human body including information on neuro-biology and pharmacology. Students are asked to identify their own habits/addictions and asked to examine what effects they may have on their lives, keeping a journal of their personal experience of withdrawal. This course provides theory and practice in methods of counselling in the process of recovery and rehabilitation.  Self-regulation Theory, reduction of enabling behaviour, and the appropriate/responsible use of intervention strategies will be examined.

This course provides students with knowledge related to assisting people in making decisions about their choice of employment. Students will explore some of the barriers to employment that the individual may encounter. Students will come to an understanding of some effective skills and strategies, as an outgrowth of the Egan model.