Advancing Child and Youth Work Through Professional Preparation:
Proceedings of the Summit on Higher Education in Child and Youth Work at the University of Pittsburgh
Karen VanderVen, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Department of Psychology in Education University of Pittsburgh
As the field of child and youth work continues its decades-long effort to professionalize through instituting a system of training and education to produce a recognized knowledgeable and skilled workforce, it periodically assemble its constituents to formally review progress and to plan for the future . There is a long tradition of addressing this area, beginning with the University of Pittsburgh and with other organizations and universities continuing the precedent of convening groups to address this area. Many new developments in the field, including the seminal development and implementation of the certification program of the Child and Youth Care Certification Board and the CYW Workforce Coalition, made this a new review and planning activity necessary and timely.