Child and Youth Care
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Formerly Child and Youth Worker (B280)

  • Program Length:
  • Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College(C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U.
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
This three-year advanced diploma program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work with children, adolescents, and families experiencing a wide range of emotional, social, behavioural and /or mental health needs. 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.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Implement a range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies for children, youth and their families including crisis intervention, conflict management, problem solving, counseling, activity programming and group work.
  • Work with client challenges including difficult home situations, substance abuse, behavioural problems, mental health challenges and conflicts with the law.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Occupational areas where graduates can expect for 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.

FIELD PLACEMENTS
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.

NOTE:
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.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS:
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.

DEGREE COMPLETION
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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Program Physical Demands Analysis: B992

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2016-2017 Tuition Fees

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.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
CYW251
3
Activities with Children I
CYW154
3
Psychology of Adjustment
CYW155
3
CYW as a Professional
COM200
3
Communication and Today’s Workplace
SSC160
3
Basic Psychology
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective

Semester 2
CYW150
3
Techniques I
CYW152
3
Introduction to Treatment
SSC159
3
Abnormal Psychology
SSC121G
3
Celebrating Cultural Diversity
SSC240
3
Developmental Psychology

Semester 3
CYW100
16
Field Experience I

Semester 4
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
CYW156
3
Observation Skills & Reporting
CYW250
3
Child Care Techniques II
CYW256
3
Family Dynamics
CYW357
3
Young Offenders & Social Deviance

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 5
PED100
3
Physical Fitness Wellness and Nutrition
CYW257
3

Counselling Process, Progress & Evaluation
CYW258
3
Personality Psychology
CYW351
3
Activities With Children II
CYW352
3
Ethics & Practice In Crisis Intervention

Semester 6
CYW200
32
Field Experience II

Semester 7
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
CYW303
4
Family Based Intervention
CYW333
3
Children & Youth with Exceptionalities
CYW340
3
Adolescent Issues & Intervention
CYW268
3
Clinical Developmental Psychopathology

Semester 8
CYW254
3
Individual Growth & the Group Process
CYW350
3
Child Care Techniques III
CYW358
3
Learning Theory & Behavioural Change
PRM125
3
Pharmacology

Semester 9
CYW300
32
Field Experience III