- Formerly Child and Youth Worker - Accelerated (K988)
Thames Campus - Chatham
Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma (delivered in less than 1 year)
519-354-9714 ext. 3320
A University Degree in Social Sciences with at least one course in Introductory Psychology as well as Developmental Psychology or a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Developmental Services Worker or Educational Support program. Educational Support graduates are required to take an additional bridging program offered in the summer prior to admission to this program. Please contact the Coordinator for details.
This post graduate program provides individuals with an opportunity to complete the three year CYW diploma program in an intensive eleven month time frame building upon their prior learning . This combination of skills results in a dynamic, diversified graduate, prepared to work in a variety of workplace settings with diverse populations and provides practical field placement experience.
A Child and Youth Worker is a specialist in facilitating change in children, adolescents and families experiencing a wide range of social, emotional, behavioural, or learning challenges. Graduates are involved in all facets of care from assessment to intake, goal formulation, program planning and intervention. Child and Youth Workers facilitate change, provide support and apply a variety of evidenced based intervention strategies.
- Smaller class size with more one-on-one contact with instructors
- Exceptional field placements with an effort made to match students to their own community when possible in the London, Windsor, Sarnia, Chatham areas
With two credentials, employment opportunities for graduates are excellent in mental health treatment centres, residential facilities, young offender facilities, schools, group homes, community-based settings and in-home work with families.
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 final 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. Students are required to make themselves available for full-time placement over June, July and August.
Accepted applicants must submit proof of a satisfactory medical examination and immunization prior to entry into the field practicum.
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 are also eligible to participate in a Transfer Agreement between the Developmental Service Worker or Early Childhood Education program.
Graduates are able to apply to the third year of the Bachelor of Social Work , B.A. in Psychology, and the B.A. in Disability Studies Programs at the University of Windsor. See the program coordinator for details.
- Program Physical Demands Analysis: K994
Fees are subject to adjustment each year. The fees for the current academic year are as follows:
Total Tuition and Compulsory Fees for 3 semesters:$3,331.25
Students are responsible for all costs associated with travel to the field placement which may include locations in Chatham-Kent, London, Windsor-Essex, West Lorne, Dover Centre, and Sarnia-Lambton.
For textbook prices see the Bookstore website
For a breakdown of tuition and other compulsory fees for Canadian, U.S. and International students, see Tuition & Fees
CYW As A Professional
Observation, Recording, & Reporting Skills
Young Offenders and Social Deviance
Clinical, Developmental Psychopathology
Family Based Intervention and the CYW
Child Care Techniques II
Intro to CYW Field Placement
Introduction To Treatment
Activities With Children II
Ethics and Practice In Crisis Intervention
Child Care Techniques III
Individual Growth and the Group Process
Learning Theory and Behaviour Change
CYW Field Placement
Personal Safety & Pharmacology