Child and Youth Care | St. Clair College
Program Code: B992
Status: Open
Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Starts: September

Temporary Delivery Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
Fall 2020 Program/Course Delivery

Contact:
Karen Marr
519-972-2727 ext. 4123

Program Overview

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Degree Completions

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.

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 Information

This is a HIGH-INTEREST program and has the potential to become oversubscribed. Applicants are advised to apply before February 1st. See Admission Procedures for details.

Field/Clinical 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.

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.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
CYW251
Activities With Children I
3
CYW154
Psychology Of Adjustment (Psychology Of Behaviour And Adjustment)
3
CYW155
The Child And Youth Worker As A Professional
3
COM200
Communications
3
SSC160
Basic Psychology
3
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
CYW150
Child Care Techniques I
3
CYW152
Introduction To Treatment
3
SSC159
Abnormal Psychology
3
SSC121G
Celebrating Cultural Diversity
3
SSC240
Developmental Psychology
3
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
CYW100
Field Experience I
16
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
CYW156
Observation Skills And Reporting
3
CYW250
Child Care Techniques II
3
CYW256
Family Dynamics
3
CYW357
Young Offenders & Social Deviancy
3
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
CYW257
Counselling Process Progress & Evaluation
3
CYW258
Personality Psychology
3
CYW351
Activities With Children II
3
CYW352
Ethics And Practice In Crisis Intervention
3
CYW149
Health And Wellness For Child And Youth Care
3
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
CYW200
Field Experience II
32
Semester 7
Code Title Credits
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
CYW303
Family Based Intervention
4
CYW333
Children & Youth With Exceptionalities
3
CYW340
Adolescent Issues & Intervention
3
CYW268
Clinical Developmental Psychopathology
3
Semester 8
Code Title Credits
CYW254
Individual Growth And The Group Process
3
CYW350
Child Care Techniques III
3
CYW358
Learning Theory And Behavioural Change
3
PRM125
Pharmacology
3
Semester 9
Code Title Credits
CYW300
Field Experience III
32

Past Cohorts:

SEMESTER 1
Code Title Credits
ELEC 1030 General Education Course 3
CYW 154 Psychology of Adjustment 4
CYW 155 CYW as a Professional 3
CYW 251 Activities with Children 1 3
COM 200 Communication and Today's Workplace 3
SSC 160 Basic Psychology 3
SEMESTER 2
Code Title Credits
CYW 150 Techniques 1 3
CYW 152 Introduction to Treatment 3
SSC 121G Celebrating Cultural Diversity 3
SSC 159 Abnormal Psychology 3
SSC 240 Developmental Psychology 3
SEMESTER 3
Code Title Credits
CYW 100 Field Experience 16
SEMESTER 4
Code Title Credits
ELEC 1030 General Education Course 3
CYW 250 Child Care Techniques II 3
CYW 256 Family Dynamics 3
CYW 357 Young Offenders and Social Deviance 3
CYW 156 Observing Skills and Reporting 3
SEMESTER 5
Code Title Credits
CYW 257 Counselling, Proc.; Program & Evaluation 3
CYW 258 Personality Psychology 3
CYW 351 Activities with Children II 3
CYW 352 Ethics and Practice in Crisis 3
CYW149 Heath and Wellness for Child and Youth Care 3
SEMESTER 6
Code Title Credits
CYW 200 Field Experience II 32
SEMESTER 7
Code Title Credits
ELEC 1030 General Education Course 3
CYW 303 Family Based Intervention 4
CYW 333 Children & Youth with Exceptionalities 3
CYW 340 Adolescent Issues and Intervention 3
CYW 268 Clinical Developmental Psychopathology 3
SEMESTER 8
Code Title Credits
CYW 254 Individual Growth and Growing Process 3
CYW 350 Child Care Techniques III 3
CYW 358 Learning Theory & Behavioural Change 3
PRM 125 Pharmacology 3
SEMESTER 9
Code Title Credits
CYW 300 Field Experience III 32

Your Investment

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

2020-2021 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.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Child and Youth Care (Ontario Advanced College Diploma) (MTCU Code 60701)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop and maintain relationships with children, youth and their families applying principles of relational practice and respecting their unique life space, cultural and human diversity.
  2. Assess and respond to the strengths and needs of children and youth, including complex responses impacted by developmental, environmental, physical, emotional, social and mental health challenges in order to promote positive change.
  3. Analyze and evaluate the impact of the inter-relationship among family, social service, justice and community systems on children, youth and their families and use this information in the planning of holistic care and in the reduction of systemic barriers.
  4. Plan, implement and evaluate interventions using evidence informed practices in the areas of therapeutic milieu and programming, and group work to promote resiliency and to enhance development in children, youth and their families.
  5. Advocate for the rights of children, youth and their families and maintain an anti-oppression perspective and cultural competence in diverse cultural contexts.
  6. Apply communication, teamwork and organizational skills within the inter-professional team and with community partners to enhance the quality of service in child and youth care practice.
  7. Develop and implement self-care strategies using self-inquiry and reflection processes to promote self-awareness and to enhance practice as a child and youth care practitioner.
  8. Use evidence-based research, professional development resources and supervision models to support professional growth and lifelong learning.