BCD808 - Family Focused Practice: Early Intervention

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Subject Title
Family Focused Practice: Early Intervention

Subject Description
Students will gain understanding of the nature of funding for universal and targeted programs (at the federal, provincial, and municipal government levels) that address the needs of a wide range of families. Empirical research, government documents, and other publications are examined. Students will examine the evolution of principles and theories of family support connected to service delivery. Contextually relevant programs for families with complex service needs will be explored.

Credit Status
BCD808 is a required subject in the Honours Bachelor of Child Development degree.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:

  1. Critique current government legislation, funding models, and policies to determine the level of support for family-focused service delivery.
  2. Analyze community and home-based programs to identify the theoretical underpinnings that inform service delivery.
  3. Evaluate the inclusiveness of community and home-based programs currently delivering services to families.
  4. Use strengths-based family systems to recommend contextually relevant interventions for families with complex service needs.

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Topic Outline

  1. Brief historical overview of family support: grassroots level, community programs and government policies
  2. Review of family systems theories
  3. Framework, principles and common dimensions of family-focused practice: strength-based and empowerment
  4. Diverse models of community family-focused practice both federal, provincial and municipal: CAP-C, CPNP, Parent Link Centres, OEYC, Board of Education Parenting programs, Toronto First Duty
  5. Research on effectiveness of home visitation practice
  6. Framework, principles and common program components of home-based, family-focused practice
  7. Challenges and strategies for building relationships
  8. Interventions: parent-focused, parent-child focused
  9. The culturally competent practitioner: issues and challenges
  10. Areas for joint collaboration in community-based services

Mode of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Case study work
  • On-line reflection discussion.

Prescribed Texts
Landy & Menna (2006)  Early intervention with multi-risk families: An integrative approach.  Baltimore:  Paul H. Brookes

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Modes of Evaluation

  • 40% - Seminar presentation, Evaluation of Community Programs
  • 30% - Case study: family-focused practice
  • 30% - Essay:  Past and current theories in home based and community services

Please Note:  It is the student's responsibility to keep copies of materials (assignments, etc.) used for evaluative purposes.


Due dates for the assignments and other evaluation procedures for each subject are set in class.

Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before the due date.  Many professors require written requests and approval forms for extensions.

When an assignment grade has been reduced to an “F” because of late submission, the “F” grade will be used to calculate the final subject grade, but will not prevent the student from passing the subject.

Any outstanding assignments must be submitted during the last scheduled class of the semester.

Unless an extension has already been approved by the professor, assignments received after the final day of a subject will receive “0” marks.  The resulting mark in this subject will be an “F”.


Absence during scheduled tests and presentations require a medical note.  Failure to meet these requirements will result in an “F” grade.  Students are required to notify the professor before the scheduled test or presentation if they are unable to attend.


As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook and the BCD Student Handbook.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail.  Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

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Approved by: Sandra Noble