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Book List

First Semester Courses

CY 100 Foundations in CYC Practice

Title: The Gus chronicles I: Reflections from an abused kid (2012)

Author: Appelstein, C. (2012). d. Salem, NH: 

ISBN: 978 09719640-2-0. Stuart 

Title: Foundations of child and youth care (2nd ed.).

Author: Stewart. C & Ghargaghi, K 

ISBN: 978-1465216946 


CY 107 Relational Practice 1


CY 116 Therapeutic Programming

Title: Time In (2013)

Author Burns, M. 

ISBN: 978-0-9697302-1-7

CY 108 Diversity in CYC Practice

Title: All children are equal but some are more equal than

others: Minoritization, structural inequities, and social justice praxis in residential care (2011).

Author: De Finney, S., Dean, M., Loiselle, E., & Saraceno, J. (2011).  

Retrieved from


Title: So you want to talk about race (2018)

Author: Oluo, I. 

ISNB#13 - 978-1-58005-677-9


Title: A Diversity Tool Kit for Residential Care Settings (n.d) 

Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. 

Retrieved from


Title: Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, death, and hard truths in a northern city.(2017)

Author: Talaga, T.

ISBN: 978-1-4870-0226-8


Title: Searching for home: Re-imagining residential care. (2015)

Author: Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth




Title: Speaking our truth: A journey of reconciliation. (2017)

Author: Smith, M. G. .

ISBN#13- 978-1-4598-1583-4


Title: In harms way? (2016) 

Author: Snow, K.

Retrieved from



Title: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2015)

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PY 299


Second Semester Courses

CY 200 Self in Practice 1

Title: The self in child and youth care. A celebration. (2012)

Author: Burns, M.

ISBN: 978-0-9697302-3-1


CY 201 Field Placement (1)


CY 209 Applied Developmental Theory in CYC Practice 

Title:  Child development for child care and protection workers (2nd ed.). (2010)

Author: Daniel, B.

ISBN-13: 978-1849050685


Title: Room. (2010)

Authors: Donaghue, 

ISBN-13: 9780316120579


Title: Lifesmart: Exploring human development. (2011)

Author: Fiore, L. (2011).

ISBN-13: 978-0078035241


Title: My virtual child [stand alone access card] (2nd ed.) (2008)

ISBN: 0205690335.


CY 207 Field Seminar (1)

Title: No such thing as a bad kid. (1998)

Author: Appelstein, C.

ISBN# 978-0965983600


Title: Relational Child & Youth Care Practice Journal.


Title: CYC practice hints collection: A collection of practice pointers for work with children, youth and families (2014)

ISBN #978-1-928212-02-7.


Third Semester Courses

CY 101 Sociology of Family

Title: A framework for understanding poverty: A cognitive approach (5th revised ed.).(2005)

Author: Payne, R. K. (2005)

ISBN: 978-1-938248-01-6.


Title: Parenting from the inside out: How a deeper self-understanding can help you raise

children who thrive.(2003)

Author: Siegel, D., & Hartzell, M.  

ISBN-13: 978-0399165108


CY 202 Relational Practice 11

Title: The art of kid whispering: Reaching the inside kid (2015)

Author: Chambers, J. C. and Freado, Mark (2015)

ISBN-13: 978-1512009392


Title: Making moments meaningful in child & youth care practice (2013)

Author: Garfat, T., Fulchur, L., & Digney, J.

ISBN-13: 978-0-9921940-2-4


Title: The elements of counseling. (2011)

Author: Meier, S. T., & Davis, S. R.



Title:Kids who outwit adults. (2005)

Author: Seita, J. R., & Brendtro, L. K.

ISBN-13: 978-1932127324.

The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net).


CY 311 Recording the Lived Experience of Children

Title:  About narrative therapy with children (n.d)

Author:Freedman, J., Epston, D., & Lobovits, D.

Retrieved from


Title: A strength based perspective.(n.d)

Author: Hammond, W., & Zimmerman, R. Retrieved from

Title:  Resilience: A key concept.(n.d)

Author: Centre on the Developing Child: Harvard University (n.d.).

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Title:  Genogram Analytics (n.d.).

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Title: A youth guide to treatment and treatment planning: A better life.(n.d.)

Author: Grealish, E., & Chenven, M.

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Title: Helping children, youth and their families: Integrating care and respecting client confidentiality.

Author: Solomon, R., & Skinner, A. 

Retrieved from entConfidentiality-2014.pdf

Title: The child and adolescent needs and strengths (CANS) (n.d.)

Author: The JohnPraed Foundation.

Retrieved from


CY 313 Crisis Intervention

Title: In search of April Raintree (25th Anniversary Ed.) (2008)

Author: Mosionier, Beatrice.

ISBN 9781553791737),

(E-Pub ISBN 9781553792574),

(Audiobook ISBN 9781553796602)


Title: The body keeps the score (2015).

Author: Van Der Kolk, Bessel.

ISBN: 978 014 197 8611


CY 320 Mental Health Literacy

Title: Abnormal or exceptional: Mental health literacy for child and youth care (1st Canadian ed.). (2016)

Author: Gural, D. M., & MacKay-Chiddenton, 

ISBN: 978-0132879675.


CY 318 Youth and Substance Use

Title: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghost

Author: Mate, G


Title: Substance abuse in Canada: Youth in focus.(2007)

Author: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

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Title: Youth homelessness in Canada: Implications for policy and practice.(2013)

Author: Gaetz, S., O'Grady, B., Buccieri, K., Karabanow, J., & Marsolais.

Retrieved from

Title: Girl centred approaches to prevention, harm reduction and treatment: Discussion guide. (2010).

Author: National framework for action to reduce the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs and substances in Canada.

Retrieved from

Title: Making the connection trauma and substance abuse (N.D.).

Author: The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Retrieved from

TItle: Nova Scotia adolescent withdrawal management guidelines. (2013).

Retrieved from

Title: Harm reduction for special populations in Canada (2006)

Author: Poulin, C.

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Title: Substance abuse treatment for aboriginal youth: Should drug and alcohol interventions for first nations youth be subsumed exclusively under harm reduction frameworks? (n.d.)

Author: Rapske, D., Bradshaw, R., & McDonald, M.  

Retrieved from

Title: Trauma Informed Practice Guide (2013).

Author: BC provincial mental health and substance use planning council.

Retrieved from

Title: Strength-based counselling with at-risk youth (2006)

Author: Ungar, M. (2006). 

Title: Pathways to care for youth with mental health and substance use disorders. (2014)

Author: Watson, K., Carter, C., & Manion, I.

Retrieved from

Semester Four Courses

CY 314 Child and Youth Care Approach to Working with Families

CY 407 Understanding Trauma and Aggression in CYC Practice 

Title: Right here, right now: Exploring life-space intervention for children and youth. (2013)

Author: Gharabaghi, K., & Stuart, C.

ISBN-13: 9780132155120.

CY 408 Field Placement 11

CY 416 Field Seminar 11


Fifth Semester Courses

CY 502 Barriers in Relational CYC Practice 

Title: Being in Child Care, A Journey into Self (2008)

Author: Fewester (Gerry)

ISBN# 0-86656-979-0


CY 507 Social Justice in CYC Practice 

Title:  Being with Edgy Youth.

Gharabaghi, K   

ISBN # 9781621009474 


CY 503 Field Placement 111


CY 515 Field Seminar 111

Title: The Long and Short of it: Child and Youth Care. (2015)

Author: Phelan (Jack)

ISBN# 978-1928212195


Title: CYC Practice Hints 111: A Collection of Practice Pointers for Work with Children, Youth and Families  

ISBN# 1-928212-04-01


Title: The Social Work Pocket Guide to Stress and Burnout. (2011)

Author: Mclean (Siobhan) (2011)   

ISBN# 978-1-897160-71-8


Semester Six Courses 

CY 611 Community Development

Title: Speaking Our Truth A Journey of Reconciliation. (2017)

Author: Gray Smith, Monique

ISBN#978-1-4598-1583-4 (HARDCOVER), #978-1-4598-1584-1 (PDF), #978-1-4598-1585-8 (EPUB)


Title: Me to we. (2004)

Author: Kielburger, Craig & Kielburger, Marc

ISBN#: 978-0743294515.


Title: Community organizing: A holistic approach. (2011)

Author: Kuyek, Joan 

ISBN#: 978-1-55266-444-5.


CY 612 Assessment and Intervention in CYC Practice 

Title: Interventions with Children and Youth in Canada (Second Edition.) (2015)

Author: Cech, M 


Title: The influence of ecological theory in child and youth care: A review of the literature. (2010)

Author: Derksen, T R

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Stop and think: The application of cognitive-behavioral approaches in work with young people (2006)

Author: Gabor, P & Ing,

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Title: The positive development of youth. Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development Tufts University.(2005)

Author: Lerner, R & Lerner, J

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Title: What is dialectical behavioural therapy? (ND).

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Title: Evidence-based practice vs. evidence-informed practice: What’s the difference? (2014)

Author: Woodbury, G & Kuhnke, L 

Retrieved from: magazine/2014-vol-12-no-1/510-wcc-spring-2014-v12n1-research-101/file


CY 616 Trends in CYC Practice 

Title:  Finding Jane: Dealing with child abuse.(2012)

Author: Secor, Brenda 

ISBN: 978-0-9918236-0-4.


Title:A mindfulness-based stress reduction workbook (2010).

Author: Stahl, B., & Goldstein, E.

ISBN: 978-1572247086.


Title: Student discipline a guide to Bill 157: Keeping our kids safe at school (3rd ed.). (2007)

Author: Trepanier, Jennifer E. (2007). 

ISBN: 9780433466161.


CY 614 Professional Issues 

Title: Because young people matter: Report of the residential services review panel.(2016).

Author: Ministry of the Children and Youth Services.

Retrieved from: services-review-panel-report-feb2016.pdf

Title: Child and youth care program standards. (2014).

Author: Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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Title: North American Certification Project (NACP); Competencies for Professional Child and Youth Work Practitioners (2002).

Author: Association of Child and Youth Care Practice.

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Title: Safe guarding the other 23 hours: Legislation of child and youth care practice in Ontario. (2015). Author: The Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care.

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Title: Searching for home: Re-imagining residential care. (2013).

Author: Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth.

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Title: Understanding when psychotherapy is a controlled act. (2016).

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Textbook Ordering

Textbooks (and other courseware materials) required for your program can be identified and ordered online by visiting the College Follett Bookstore website ... 


  1. Select Books > Textbooks & Course Materials
  2. Select your Term
  3. Select your Department: (enter the 2 character prefix for your course - i.e. AC)
  4. Select your Course (enter the 3 digit number of your course - i.e. 102)
  5. Select Your Code (enter the code for your section) (i.e. 1-7, 83, 84)

Completed book orders can be picked up at the College Bookstore, or alternatively they can be shipped to you for a fee.

Once you are officially "registered" into your program as a student (mid August, or late December), you can print your timetable and present it to College Follett Bookstore staff, who will assemble your textbook package for you. Or alternatively, once you are registered, you can also link directly using the Follett Discover tool in your Blackboard account (which you will be using for your courses):

  1. Sign into the Portal
  2. Launch your Blackboard application & click on Tools.
  3. Launch Follet Discover and select Purchase and choose from rentaluseddigital or new textbooks
  4. Select FREE instore pick-up, or ship directly to you.

CAUTION: textbook requirements are subject to change!
We recommend that students wait until they are officially "registered" into their program-of-study and have their official timetable, before ordering/purchasing textbooks. In addition, we recommend that students not open text book packages until after their first day of class to verify with their instructors that they have the right book and version required for the course.

If you have questions, you can phone the College Follett Bookstore at (807) 475-6225, or toll free at 1 877 295-3851.

Field Placement Requirements

An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required to advance from semester to semester, or with permission from the Program Coordinator, especially to be considered for a field placement.

In preparation for field placement in second and fourth semester, students are required to complete the following requirements and to submit copies of the documentation to their coordinator no later than Nov 15.

  1. Up-to-date Immunization including current TB skin test. 

This can be done at the College Health Centre, your doctor, clinic, or the Thunder Bay Health Unit.  See Immunization and Communicable Disease’s Form ...

  1. Standard First Aid and Level C CPR

Students are responsible to register for and pay the registration fee to receive this training at either Red Cross or St John’s Ambulance.  Schedules for training and fees are available at the Red Cross in Thunder Bay ...  or St. John’s Ambulance in Thunder Bay ...

  1. Criminal Record Check Vulnerable Sector

Student field placements take place with partner agencies in the community.  All agencies now require that people working for them have a current criminal record check in place before they begin.   A criminal record check can be obtained from your local, provincial or national police.  Obtaining a criminal record check can take several weeks, so students are encouraged to apply before starting in the program.  Field placement can be delayed if the criminal record check is not in place before the end of the fall semester.  Students are responsible for the fees associated with completing a criminal record check. A form will be provided to you from your Program Coordinator.

New Student Information

See the student guide to success in the Child and Youth Care Program.