Faculty of Arts

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Sciences


Ms Precious-Pearl Vezi


South Africa

  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


The child and youth care worker needs to be knowledgeable about the treatment options available to the profession. This unit will equip students with theoretical knowledge on approaching childhood related problems. Overall this unit gives an orientation towards 'lifespace' intervention, group- and family interventions, treatment through environmental modification, and on models used in institutional care. It is also important that the student knows how to evaluate the change in the client accomplished through the intervention.


The objectives lie within five inter-related bands. These concern:

  1. factual information
  2. sources and resources
  3. conceptual definitions
  4. academic debates
  5. analytic communication skills.

Upon successful completion of this unit, learners will be able to demonstrate knowledge of and familiarity with the following types of information, academic perspectives and skills:

  1. Lifespace interventions, meaning services delivered in the child and youth's natural setting.
  2. Apply treatment options through environmental modification.
  3. Understanding and addressing poverty through social development principles.
  4. Conducting family and group interventions.
  5. Have a grasp of treatment models in institutional care.
  6. The ability to evaluate change in the client system through single-subject design.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Exam: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.