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Importance of 'self' and Child and Youth Care practice?

Hello fellow Child and Youth Care Workers!

Please take a minute out of your day to watch this video on "self" in practice (link at the end of this post). I would like to pose the following questions:

1. How does understanding your "self" influence your practice?
2. If you ensure you integrate this into your practice, how do you do it?
3. Does this process meet with ethical Child and Youth Care practice? For example, following the "responsibility for self" in our code of ethics: maintaining physical/emotional well-being, competency, and high standards of professional practice.

Thank you! Any questions, comments, or concerns?

Kelly Fossum

Hi Kelly,

My name is Megan Campbell and I am currently in my second year of Child and Youth Care at the University of the Fraser Valley. I watched the video you posted and was very intrigued. A lot of the time we forget that we must understand our self before we can understand others. Self-awareness is very important in our field because we have to know ourselves and our boundaries before we can help others discover theirs. It influences my practice because if I know that I can get uncomfortable in a certain situation, I will try to pass along the situation to someone else that can handle it better than myself, and can provide the correct support to the person in need.

To answer your second question, I can personally say I have yet to work in the field very much considering I am still in my second year, but I am sure I will somehow find a way to incorporate self-awareness into my practice because I believe it is such an important part of it.

Your third question touches on if the process meets with ethical Child and Youth Care practice and I say yes! If you are not mentally, physically, or emotionally well, how are you supposed to help others? Our job is to put the client first and ahead of ourselves, but that does not mean we have to stop our own self-care. We must see when we are unfit to be with a client and pass the client along to someone who is more fit to support the client and their needs.

I hope these answers are what you are looking for!

Thank you for the great video,


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