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Child and Youth Care

Tuition fee CA$17,025 per year

The fees shown here are for the 2021–2022 academic year and include tuition (CA$15,385), health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees displayed are estimates only for two semesters and are subject to change.

Registration fee CA$400 one-time

The registration fee includes the non-refundable application fee (CA$100) and the refundable deposit fee (CA$300).

More information

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Overview

In the Child and Youth Care program, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to advocate for children, youth and their families as you learn to encourage them to be more resourceful and to use their voices confidently.

This three-year Child and Youth Care program will examine the principles, philosophies and characteristics of relational child and youth care practice from child and youth-centred, developmental and ecological perspectives. It will also cover professional boundaries, child and adolescent mental health themes, psychology, counselling theories, crisis theory, intervention and counselling (group, individual, family), abuse, advocacy and anti-oppression.

As a graduate of this advanced diploma program, you’ll be ready to provide prevention and early intervention strategies, assessment, treatment, and counselling to children and adolescents who may be in crisis, struggling with psychological challenges, or dealing with other stressful situations. As such, you’ll become a valuable member of the mental health profession and use your knowledge and skills to provide life-changing support from a strength-based paradigm.

Child and youth care practitioners engage and work with children, youth and their families across a wide variety of settings, including community-based child and youth development programs, parent education and family support, school-based programs, community mental health, group homes, residential centres, day and residential treatment programs, early intervention, home-based care and treatment, private practice, psychiatric centres, rehabilitation programs, pediatric health care, child protection and youth justice programs.

All graduates will receive certification in SafeTALK (Suicide Prevention), ASIST (Suicide Intervention) and Positive Space training.

Specialized Field Practicums

Three specialized field practicums will be provided and include a variety of settings.

  • The first-year field practicum will be in a school board setting and will occur two days per week in Semester 2.
  • The second-year field practicum will be in a residential setting in either Semester 3 or 4 and will occur four days per week (shift work could include day and/or evening hours).
  • The final practicum, three days per week during Semester 5 and 6, will be in a specialized setting.

All three field practicums will provide a valuable opportunity for integrating classroom learning and hands-on practice.

Note: This program will be delivered using a combination of modalities. Courses may be taught face-to-face, online or in a blended/hybrid combination of both online and traditional classroom teaching.

Career opportunities

  • Child and youth care practitioner
  • Youth outreach
  • Child life specialist
  • Youth advocate
  • Community justice
  • Family support
  • Youth employment
  • Educator
  • Counsellor
  • Specialized community support
Apply Now! September 2023
This intake is not applicable
Studies commence
Sep 5, 2023

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply Now! September 2023
This intake is not applicable
Studies commence
Sep 5, 2023

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States