Engaging ideas, transforming minds
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Canadian Scholars’ Press
Approx. 350 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

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Table of Contents

Table Contents


Chapter One:

Chapter Two:
Reflective Practice
Reflective Practice Radial
Foundational Elements of Child and Youth Care Practice
Child and Youth Care Characteristics
Core conditions; noticing and curiosity, meaning making
Reflective moments

Chapter Three:
Reflexivity and Reflection
Self in relation to the other
Assumptions, beliefs, values, strengths, social location
Reflexive Radial
Individual exercises
Reflective moments

Chapter Four:
Reflection and Reflective Thinking
Aristotle, John Dewey, Donald Schon
Dewey’s 4 criterion of reflective thinking
Schon’s reflection in action, reflection on action
Challenging your assumptions through the questioning process
Individual Exercises
Reflective moments
Case Scenario

Chapter Five:
Mindfulness- The connection to reflective practice
Defining mindfulness
Obstacles, risks and benefits
Mindfulness practices
Reflective moments

Chapter Six:

Worldviews, Context: Redefining meaning of experiences
Introducing the concept of worldviews
Child and Youth Care Characteristics: Context
Formulating questions
Blooms Taxonomy of Cognitive Thought
Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory
Case Scenario
Reflective moments

Chapter Seven:

Reflective Learning
The Reflective Process Model
Dealing with Uncertainties
Alternative perspectives
Schon’s Reflection in action
Schon’s Reflection on action
Formulating questions
Case scenarios
Individual Exercises
Reflective moments

Chapter Eight:
Critical Thinking and Transformative Learning
Defining critical thinking
The critical Thinking in action process
Case Studies
Critical Reflections
Reflective moments

Chapter Nine:
Collaborative reflation
Defining collaborative reflection and impact on practice
The importance of safety in groups
Case Scenarios
Case Presentations
Reflective moments

Chapter Ten:
Reflective Tools for the reflective practitioner
Mind mapping
Creative imagery
Small Moments
Story Telling
Reflective Blogs
Digital maps

Chapter Eleven:
Reflective Writing and Journals
Small moments
Reflective Blogs

Chapter Twelve:

Assessing outcomes for learning
Appendix I: Foundational Attitudes of Child and Youth Care
Appendix II: CYC code of ethics
Appendix III: Child and Youth Care core Competencies
Appendix IV: Beliefs
Appendix V: Values 1
Appendix VI: Values 2
Appendix VII: Worldview Template
Appendix VIII: Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological System Template
Appendix IX: Reflexive Questioning Guide
Appendix X: Challenging your assumptions guide
Appendix XI: Blooms Taxonomy Cognitive Model
Appendix XII: Noticing and observation log
Appendix XIII: Key Theoretical Frameworks of Child and Youth Care Practice
Appendix XIV: Reflective Process Model
Appendix XV: Reflection on Action Process
Appendix XVI: Critical reflective Process Tool
Appendix XVII: Transformative Learning Acquisition Form
Appendix XVII: Reflection Tools Template
Appendix XVIII: Reflection

Donicka Budd

Donicka Budd is currently practicing as a Registered Psychotherapist. She holds over 20 years of front-line experience supporting children, youth, families, and staff teams through her work in residential homes, school boards, children’s mental health agencies, and private practices. She has also taught for 11 years in Child and Youth Care programs in Ontario colleges. Donicka received her Child and Youth Worker Diploma from Humber College, a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care from Ryerson University, and a Master's in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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