EPSE 348: Family-Centered Practice for Children with Special Needs

This course is offered by the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)

Course Outline (Online 3.0 credits)


Assignments include group discussions and uploaded papers to incorporate the principles of the lessons. Students will practice applying the learned strategies and principles to decision making and supporting families and children with special needs in the assignments.

  • Three uploaded assignments
  • Two group discussions

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.


This online course introduces key principles and practices and effective help giving approaches for family-centred practice. It encourages a shift from the traditional helping model of expert/specialist to a model that involves mutual partnership with families in decision making, determining goals and interventions and provision of appropriate supports to families of infants and young children with special needs. Application of the principles of family-centred practice for school-aged children is also included. (UBC Calendar)

The course is suitable for Infant Development (ID) and Aboriginal Infant Development (AID) Program Consultants, Supported Child Development (SCD) and Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) Consultants, early childhood educators, teachers, classroom aides, child protection workers, nurses, family support workers and others who work with families or team members in special education and intervention settings. The course is based on the work of leading researchers in intervention and family-centred practice. A range of viewpoints is represented by the use of course readings instead of a single text. Principles of cultural competence and safety will be stressed with emphasis on the strengths of First Nations, and Aboriginal families in British Columbia.

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is strongly advised non-Education students register for the 5 core courses in this order: EPSE 348, EPSE 406, ECED 439, ECED 440, and ECED 441.

EPSE 348 is a core course in a BA Minor in Education, Special Education.


This online course is offered on Canvas – http://canvas.ubc.ca

  • Review historical and theoretical factors of early childhood intervention
  • Examine Early Childhood Intervention and principles of practice
  • Identify and apply key principles of family-centred practice
  • Describe and use effective family-centred strategies with children and their families
  • Describe ineffective and effective help giving practices
  • Recognize the challenges and strengths of families in order to develop appropriate intervention plans
  • Define and discuss formal and informal supports
  • Examine and describe culturally-competent practices and communication skills
  • Explore ethical issues and the use of ethical principles and codes of ethics when facing ethical decisions


Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.

There is no textbook required for this course.


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to https://services.library.ubc.ca/electronic-access/connect/

There is no textbook required.


Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122
Email: eced.educ@ubc.ca

Lastest Revision on: November 5, 2019