The Promise of Professionalism Arrives in Practice:


  • Martha Mattingly Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • David Thomas Texas Center for Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education, Houston, Texas


child and youth care, professionalization, certification


The North American Certification Project (Mattingly, Stuart, VanderVen, 2002) is a joint response by the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice (ACYCP, US, formerly NOCCWA), the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations (CCCYCA), and the International Leadership Coalition for Professional Child and Youth Care Work (ILC) to establish professional-level certification for child and youth care practitioners. Five domains were identified: Professionalism, Applied Human Development, Cultural and Human Diversity, Relationship and Communication, and Developmental Practice Methods. The proposed requirements for certification include a minimum of a Bachelor's degree, related experience, training related to the domains, professional references, and professional membership. Competency assessment methods, including examination, supervisor evaluation, and portfolio are being designed




How to Cite

Mattingly, M. ., & Thomas, D. (2004). The Promise of Professionalism Arrives in Practice:. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 19, 209–215. Retrieved from




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