IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.
Students are provided with the skills and knowledge necessary to build therapeutic relationships and facilitate change with children, youth, and families experiencing a wide range of often complex social, emotional, behavioural, and mental health challenges. Child and Youth Care practitioners are specialists in facilitating change in children and youth and are expected to work with various professionals including educators, medical and social work professionals, correctional officers and family organizations dedicated to implementing a range of intervention, prevention and treatment strategies for children and their families. Child and Youth Care practitioners are a valuable resource as they are committed to understanding and interacting in therapeutic relationships that foster positive change.
Implement and evaluate a range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies for children, youth and their families including crisis intervention, conflict management, problem solving, counselling, activity programming and group work.
Develop clinical observation and reporting skills.
Understand and develop therapeutic relationships.
Work with client challenges including difficult home situations, substance abuse, behavioural problems, mental health challenges, homelessness, self harm, suicidal ideation and conflicts with the law.
Extensive field placement experience in each year of study.
Graduates of the Child & Youth Care program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may be eligible to block transfer into Year 3 of Degrees in Disability Studies, Psychology and Social Work at the University of Windsor.
Occupational areas where graduates can expect to find employment may include residential and day treatment agencies, child and family service agencies, child and youth treatment agencies, young offenders’ facilities, children’s aid societies, educational environments, community agencies, group homes, respite services etc.
Employers who provide our field placement settings require a CLEAR POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense. Detailed information on dates to apply for police clearance will be given throughout the semester. Some agencies may require a driver's license, additional liability insurance and a clean driving abstract.
CPR and First Aid Certification must be obtained PRIOR to Field Placements.
Students must successfully complete each semester before advancing to the next.
You must be available to perform your placement or internship duties on off hours, which may include evenings and weekends. Placements may begin in the fall and continue throughout the school year.
Accepted applicants must supply proof of a satisfactory medical examination and immunization prior to program entry. Medical Requirements Form
Please be advised that lack of documented immunizations may result in the restriction of clinical placement and therefore may delay and/or prevent completion of the prescribed program.
Graduates of the Child & Youth Care program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 may be eligible to block transfer into Year 3 of Degrees in Disability Studies, Psychology and Social Work at the University of Windsor. Graduates may also be admitted into the third year of the Bachelor of Justice Studies Degree at Royal Roads University.
For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.