Effective CYC Practice - Developmental Thinking

Jack Phelan brings insights gained from an extensive career in CYC as a leader, writer, and teacher. Join us as we explore the finer points of how empathy, self-awareness, and creating shared meaning can inform our developmental thinking and interactions with young people and families.  

When we understand the logic and life viewpoints of other people it opens us to more complex understanding of their developmental status, strengths, and achievements. As we become more aware of our own developmental journey, we are better prepared to offer what the other person really needs from us.

This workshop is especially helpful for CYCs entering the field and those who are transitioning their work to a more relational, developmental focus. 
Learning Objectives:
CYC practitioners will increase their ability to really hear what is being said when youth respond "illogically"

CYC practitioners will be more aware of the assumptions they make that distort their understanding of the true strengths of the youth and families they serve

CYC practitioners will build self-awareness about their increasing competence as they mature professionally.
CYC Certification Competency Domain: Developmental Practice Methods
 1 Class Hour 
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Created by

Jack Phelan, MS, Certified CYC Worker

Jack Phelan is a Faculty Emeritus in the CYC degree program at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Jack has authored two books on CYC practice, one focusing on supervision. He has contributed chapters to over 10 books, has published articles in over 25 journals, and is a regular columnist for CYC OnLine. Jack is a speaker at National and International CYC Conferences and has been an officer in CYC professional associations in both New York and Alberta. Jack began his career working with young people in New York City, where he was a direct care CYC practitioner, a CYC supervisor, and an administrator, before working in juvenile justice in Denver Colorado. Jack has been a CYC professional for over 50 years and has always believed there is more to be learned. His present interests are the developmental stages of professional growth, CYC supervision, boundary issues, and relational CYC approaches.