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Michael Burns has been practicing the discipline of child and youth care for over 45 years—28 years as a front-line child, youth, and family therapist. He has written five textbooks that are currently being used in child and youth care college and university programs across Canada. Michael has also written several articles in various child and youth care journals as well as a book on therapeutic metaphors Into the Dark Forest. 

Professor Burns has taught in the field of child and youth care for over 35 years with five different colleges. He received his Child Care Worker diploma from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, and his M.A. in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Michael is certified in child custody and access mediation and as a trauma assessment specialist and clinician. He received the Alumni of Distinction Award from his alma mater and was nominated for the Ontario Premier’s Award. Michael lives in Regina, Saskatchewan and owns and operates a publishing firm Child Care Press.


Dennis E. McDermott has over 50 years experience in all aspects of the CYC field. He began as a front-line child and youth worker (CYW) in the 1960s then moved into teaching CYWs in the 1970s at George Brown College, Toronto, then St. Lawrence College, Kingston, where he was also Program Coordinator.  During this time he was also a Consulting Editor for the Journal of Child and Youth Care and a regular presenter at CYW conferences. In 1992 he opened a business, CYC Services, that catered to the CYC field, and in 2001 it became the sole distributor for Child Care Press. In 1998 he left St. Lawrence to become the first full-time Executive Director of a professional CYC association in North America, the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC).  Besides his diploma in Child Care Work from the Ontario Ministry of Health, Dennis has a BA in psychology and sociology (University of Toronto), and a Masters of Education degree in curriculum design (Queen’s University, Kingston).  He is a Certified CYC with the OACYC and in 2009 was made an Honorary Lifetime Member in recognition of his 38 years as a member, and his 13 years as an executive of the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Care Associations. From 2000 to the present, Dennis has been the (Senior) Editor for Child Care Press.

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