YFM3310 Critical Issues in Youth and at Risk Youth

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Tiffany Combs-Boykin

Course Description:

Missional Students through this course will analyze existing present day issues of risk in the lives of youth and at risk youth from a God center perspective. Missional Students will examine areas of practice using various frameworks explored in prerequisite YFM 2000 Foundations of Work with At Risk Youth and will develop interventions appropriate to the risk issue. Missional students will demonstrate competence in real or simulated examples of risk situations using knowledge, skills, values and styles.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Analyzing existing present day issues of risk in the lives of youth and at risk youth from a God center perspective is challenging in itself. This course will provided the components necessary to foster understanding of risk, protective and resiliency factors in the lives of youth and at risk youth. This course will create a greater knowledge of needs and current risk issues in the lives of youth and at risk youth. The course will also afford Missional students the opportunity to examine contributions of risk research to design successful interventions and prevention plans and programs that can be created by future ministries and/or employment endeavors.

Why This Course Is Important:

This course is valuable because if there are no successful interventions and prevention plans and programs put in place by Christian social service professionals, young people will not have a chance to recover from the hardships and difficulties of life and in turn, damage their spirituality. Without some type of God centered organized plan of intervention, untrained ministers/ministries and social science professionals will do more harm than good when dealing with youth and at risk youth and their issues. This course can assist in putting an end to this by helping Missional student incorporate the appropriate principals and techniques needed through course instruction.