The Importance of Congruence in Child and Youth Care Education

(Bernst), Rebecca Ward
October 2013
Relational Child & Youth Care Practice;Fall2013, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p52
Academic Journal
This article explores how to nurture awareness of self in CYC students, using relational CYC practice principles and a post-modern approach to growth and development. In fostering awareness of self in students, much like our work with children and youth in CYC practice, particular attention is given to acknowledging the sense of resilience they present with, while also acknowledging that prior experiences of adversity (trauma, oppression, and abuse) may have resulted in coping strategies that now serve as relational barriers to professional growth. In applying a resiliency framework that also fosters strengths and solutions, through the use of a developmentally responsive relationship, faculty are encouraged to create safe environments that nurture awareness and growth in CYC students, in much the same way that this approach is utilized in CYC practice with youth. The context of the article will include a personal reflection on learning about self, to illustrate the principles suggested.


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