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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: HWSS5692C

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

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4337 - Certificate IV in Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Shannyn Harrison

Nominal Hours: 45

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This course 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:

CHCYTH403C Support young people to create opportunities in their lives


Build respectful and trusting working relationships with young people

Performance Criteria:

1  Facilitate safe individual or group processes with young people and apply principles of youth work practice.
2  Identify the conditions necessary for young people to change and grow.
3  Actively listen to the young person’s stories and experiences to clarify issues.
4  Identify and explore strengths and exceptions.
5  Encourage and support young people to identify relationships between their issues and social structures.
6  Identify and avoid colonising practices.


Define identified goals

Performance Criteria:

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


Develop and implement action plans

Performance Criteria:

1  Utilise a range of youth work interventions to create future opportunities.
2  Explore additional resources needed to achieve goals.
3  Develop proposals and strategies for action plans.
4  Measure and ensure change is noticed.
5  Document intervention work as required.


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

Performance Criteria:

1  Clarify the young person’s expressed, demonstrated, or felt needs and concerns.
2  Explore exceptions, identify strengths and resources.
3  Problem solve immediate issues or concerns.
4  Work with client to create their own reframe of current circumstances.
5  Work to externalise the young person’s issue or problem.
6  Acknowledge circumstances outside of the young person’s control.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities which will occur during the delivery of this course will include:
• Class discussions
• Multi-media including slides, youtube, etc
• Case studies
• Mind mapping
• interviewing simulations

Teaching Schedule

This course is delivered over 7 weeks, beginning in March.

Week 1 - Create a relationship of trust and respect -applying youth work principles, building rapport with clients, identifying conditions for personal growth,
Week 2 - Create a relationship of trust and respect - how to listen and observe a young person’s story, respecting a young person’s culture; Work with young people to identify their needs, rights, strengths, hopes and opportunities - supporting a young person to communicate their issues and problems
Week 3 - Create a relationship of trust and respect - ; Work with young people to identify their needs, rights, strengths, hopes and opportunities
Week 4 - Work with young people to identify their needs, rights, strengths, hopes and opportunities; Identify goals with the young person - including creative methods
Week 5 - Identify goals with the young person; Develop and implement action plans
Week 6 & 7 - Develop and implement action plans

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course. These resources will also be available through Blackboard. You will also have access to the resources in the library.

Overview of Assessment

Throughout the weeks 1, 3, 4 & 5 a number of formative assessments tasks will be completed in class, including a case study (identifying stages of change), participation in class discussion points regarding social/cognitive/cultural development, role playing communication skills and completion of mind maps and mock action plans (derived from additional case study).

The summative assessment task for this course is based around the interaction with young people on placement conducted in the work environment - students are asked to spend time with two young people on placement and formulate an action plan for a goal the young person has set themselves. 
Due mid October.

Assessment Tasks

As per overview of assessment you will complete formative assessment tasks that include case studies, class discussion, role plays and completion of mind maps and mock action plans.
You will also complete action plans based on placement activities.

Assessment Matrix

This program in delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment. The grades are as follows:

  • CA: Competency Achieved
  • NYC: Not Yet Competent
  • DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by the teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7  

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1  

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w  

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n  

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