Course Title: Support young people to create opportunities in their lives

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: HWSS5664C

Course Title: Support young people to create opportunities in their lives

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4262 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 4115

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Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to assist young people to identify the challenges and opportunities in their lives and to work towards their goals on an individual or group level

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCYTH403B Support young people to create opportunities in their lives


Build respectful and trusting working relationships with young people

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Facilitate safe individual or group processes with young people and apply principles of youth work practice
1.2 Identify the conditions necessary for young people to change and grow
1.3 Actively listen to the young person's stories and experiences to clarify issues
1.4 Identify and explore strengths and exceptions
1.5 Encourage and support young people to identify relationships between their issues and social structures
1.6 Identify and avoid colonising practices


Define identified goals

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Ensure the young person has been heard and problems acknowledged before moving to future planning
3.2 Assist young people to explore future possibilities and ways of being
3.3 Use creative methods, processes and questions to consider and create possibilities
3.4 Identify barriers that hinder the way young people would like changes to take place
3.5 Establish with the young person their desired outcomes


Develop and implement action plans

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Utilise a range of youth work interventions to create future opportunities
4.2 Explore additional resources needed to achieve goals
4.3 Develop proposals and strategies for action plans
4.4 Measure and ensure change is noticed
4.5 Document intervention work as required


Work with young people to identify their needs, rights, strengths, hopes and opportunities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Clarify the young person's expressed, demonstrated, or felt needs and concerns
2.2 Explore exceptions, identify strengths and resources
2.3 Problem solve immediate issues or concerns
2.4 Work with client to create their own reframe of current circumstances
2.5 Work to externalise the young person's issue or problem
2.6 Acknowledge circumstances outside of the young person's control

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit applies to work undertaken in all youth work roles where the young person is the primary client.  Work with young people maybe individual or group with a participatory approach.

Classes for this unit are taken in first semester and then supported with  240 hours work placement undertaken between March and October.

Teaching Schedule

Students will under-take classes for this during the beginning of first semester.  During this time they will be expected to complete a variety of class-based tasks (written and oral) as part of their assessment.  An assignment will be set to be completed after the timetabled classes have concluded.

It is anticipated that the work placement will help to consolidate the  theory learnt in class within a practical arena. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this competency will include work placement in conjunction with class-based actitivities, wrritten and oral assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Students will be asked to complete written and oral tasks within the scheduled classes at the beginning of semester one.  A major written assessment piece, based on the work learnt in class will be set and due after this time.  

Assessment Matrix

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