YSR901 - Life Skills Coaching

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Subject Title
Life Skills Coaching

Subject Description
This subject provides experience modelled on the life skills philosophy of group work and intervention, stressing interpersonal skills as a means of problem-solving. In a rehabilitation setting during field placement, students integrate theory and practice with group leadership, personal self-management, problem-solving and on-the-job effectiveness.

Credit Status
Credit toward the York/Seneca Rehabilitation Services Certificate

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

1. Apply group dynamics and leadership theory concepts to the development of life skills programs in a rehabilitation setting;

2. Design, present and evaluate the effectiveness of life skills lessons;

3. Adapt methods, content and materials to various client groups.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Successful completion of Year I Courses

Topic Outline
Building a learning community

Feedback and self disclosure

History of life skills/designing a lesson (the model)

Learning styles

Student presentations / group leadership

Student presentations / needs and stages of group

Student presentations / handling disruptive behaviour

Student presentations / warm-ups

Student presentations / role plays

Adapting lesson design to the client group

Resources and topic ideas

Creative lesson design / closure 

Mode of Instruction
The lessons are mainly experiential where the student learns by doing. This occurs through the following:
participation in life skills sessions presented by the instructor
b)  readings;
c)  theory lectures;
d)  observation of an established life skills group;
e)  design and presentation of a life skills lesson.

Prescribed Texts
The New Dynamics of Life Skills Coaching, Contributors: Shirley Allen, Sally Palmeteer, Mickey Mehel, Roa Sluser. Publisher: YWCA of Metro Toronto 

Reference Material

Required Supplies

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

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca Registration offices.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
In Class/Take Home Assignments      15%
Lesson Design and Presentation        30%
Program Report                                       20%
Final Exam                                                35%
Total                                                         100%

Approved by: Lisa Somers