Child and Youth Care - 612

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
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Overview
Program Length Approximately 3-4 years
Cost Approximately $195 - $560 per course + textbooks
Intakes Fall (September), Winter (January), Spring (May)
Application Process Application must be submitted online. You must also submit your official Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) transcript, or equivalent (GED, College and Career Preparation). Visit the Admission & Registration tab for more information.

Develop prevention, intervention and treatment strategies to facilitate a positive change in children, youth and their families.

Designed to meet the needs of those who wish to pursue a career as a Child & Youth Counsellor (CYC) or who are already working in the field and wish to upgrade their qualifications. The part-time program offered in the evening and online is identical to the full-time program which is offered during the day. Students are encouraged to take 2-3 courses each term.

The provincially-approved curriculum has been designed to develop the aptitudes, knowledge and skills CYCs need to specialize in supporting children and youth experiencing social, emotional, mental health and behavioural challenges. Advanced course work focuses on a range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies and how these theoretical concepts can be applied in the field. The curriculum also includes interviewing techniques, conflict management, counseling skills and program development. In addition, students will learn advocacy skills and be introduced to legal issues involving children and youth including the child welfare system and the criminal justice system.

To review admission requirements for this program, and to apply, please view the Admissions & Registrations tab.

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Applicants to the program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Submit an Official Grade 12 transcript showing Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent (GED, College and Career Preparation)including:
  • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent - (70% guideline)

All applicants who do not meet or are missing the academic eligibility requirements for this program may take a pre-admission test. The pre-admission test is done on a referral-basis only. You need to indicate on your application that you require a pre-admission test, include your date of birth, and our admissions secretary will send you a referral to the testing centre for you and let you know your next steps once a referral has been made. Please do not indicate that you require a pre-admission test if you plan on submitting an original transcript.

All applicants submitting prior academic history completed outside of Canada must provide confirmation of equivalence to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. This can be coordinated through any of the following:

Recommended Requirements

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    Students who struggle with communications or whose first language is not English are encouraged to explore upgrading options available through our Applied Communications Centre.
    These students are also encouraged to take COMM11040 instead of COMLL041 for added understanding and support. Both meet the graduating requirements of the Program of Studies
     
  2. Computer Skills (e.g. word processing, data management, internet access).
    Students should be familiar with computers, word processing, and email based systems prior to considering this blended program (a mix of online and in class learning). To upgrade computer skills, consider a CE introductory 'Computer Basis' course or a Learning Support Centre workshop before applying.

Additional Requirements (for Field Placements only)

  1. Formal Police Clearance (opens new window) (Vulnerable Sector Screening)
    Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter field placement.

  2. Communicable Disease Screening
    Some placement agencies require that candidates undergo some disease screening such as tuberculosis testing prior to entering field placement.

    The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Community Services and Support.

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    Mandatory Courses

    Semester 1

    Course Number

    Course Name

     

    Course Description

     

    HMNSCC142 Introduction to Child and Youth Care Practice Construct a global perspective on Child and Youth Work by applying terminology used in the profession and by comparing and contrasting the development of the profession as related to current trends. 42 hours.
    HMNSCC143 Introduction to Group Dynamics

    Participate in small groups to reflect upon personal patterns of communication with specific emphasis on the interdependence of group members' roles and group productivity. Examine evidence-informed theoretical overviews to the practice of group work in child and youth care. 42 hours. HMNSSO127 (Introduction to Group Dynamics) is equivalent to HMNSCC143.

    HMNSCC162 Therapeutic Programming & Life Skills Applying the role of the CYC professional demonstrate the skills required to design, implement and evaluate therapeutic programs and activities that are consistent with developmental level, identified interests, strengths, needs, culturally relevant norms and therapeutic goals. 42 hours.
    PSYCSS156 Introduction to Psychology

    Explore the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour, including the concepts of normality and abnormality. Investigate the biological basis of human experience, sensation and perception, learning and memory, and the nature of consciousness. Examine personality theories, health and stress, and various psychological disorders, including their etiology and treatments. 42 hours.

    SSCISS108 Introduction to Sociology Explore basic concepts for understanding human behaviour, individual biases, various roles in society and social groupings. 42 hours.
    1 Communications Course: COMMLL041 or COMM11040
    COMM11040 Communication D

    Communication is an introductory college level English course. Through a variety of assignments, successful students in this course will develop the reading, writing, critical and analytical skills essential to them as communicators in college and upon graduation. This course teaches writing through the critical reading of various fiction and non-fiction material and brings students with basic skills to college level foundational skills. 56 hours. COMM10256 (English 1) is equivalent to COMM11040.

    COMMLL041 Communication Communication is an introductory college level English course. Students exiting this course will demonstrate competence in grammar, sentence structure, and writing skills. Successful students in this course will develop the reading, writing, critical and analytical skills essential to them as communicators in college and upon graduation. This course teaches writing through the critical reading of various fiction and non-fiction material and brings students to college level foundation skills. 42 hours. COMM10256 (English 1) is equivalent to COMMLL041.

    Semester 2

    Course Number

    Course Name

     

    Course Description

     

    COUN10004 Introduction to Counselling and Communication Skills Apply the concepts of basic counselling and interpersonal communication skills while maintaining cultural sensitivities when utilizing active listening, responding and professional CYC skills within the framework of CYC relational practice. 42 hours. COUN10011 (Interviewing Skills 1) is equivalent to COUN10004.
    HMNS10102 Introduction to Abuse/Trauma/Resiliency This is an introductory course that explores the signs and symptoms of family violence including physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect and the experience of these, as a traumatic event, in a youth's life. Societal and Institutional Abuse are touched upon in relation to the United Nations Convention on rights of the child, First Nations and the youth "in care" experience. Within this context of trauma and abuse, resiliencies in children and youth, the role of the CYW and intervention strategies are explored. 42 hours. Prerequisite: HMNSCC142. 
    HMNSCC257 Intervention Strategies for Child Youth Care An introduction to the concepts, principles, and procedures underlying the practice of Child and Youth Care in treatment and care programs for children, youth and their families. Emphasis on the application of relational practice to the development and use of therapeutic milieus (environments) that includes physical settings, relationships, behaviour management techniques and a variety of intervention strategies that enhance the life space of youth. Apply these concepts to specific case studies and formulate a basic level youth plan of care using a strength based and resiliency viewpoint in conjunction with a trauma-informed perspective. 42 hours. HLTH10216 (Prevention & Intervention Strategies) is equivalent to HMNSCC257.
    MGMTCC153 Legislation: Policies & Procedures Focus on government structures, children's services legislation, agency licensing, policies & procedure, legal rights of children & adolescents, court procedures, logistics & protocol, routes of entry into service system, ethics & legal standards of work practice. 42 hours. Pre-requisite: HMNSCC142.
    PSYCSS271 Developmental Psychology

    Describe the human growth process from conception to death in terms of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual functioning and examine the various theories of human development. Explain the nature-nurture debate, identify behaviour patterns that are abnormal for a particular developmental stage, and apply theoretical perspectives to explain "normal" and "abnormal" behaviour patterns throughout the human lifespan. Identify and describe positive environmental factors that can promote growth throughout the lifespan. 42 hours.

    HMNS10148 Professionalism in CYC

    A first step practical application course focusing on the integration of theory, field-related issues and personal development in conjunction with mandatory completion of 56 hours of CYC field placement preparation experience, providing learners with the opportunity to demonstrate the initial skills required both personally and professionally for becoming a CYC practitioner. 84 hours. Prerequisite: HMNSCC142 and HMNSCC162.

    Semester 3

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    Course Name

     

    Course Description

     

    COUN10008 Advanced Interviewing & Counselling

    Facilitating effective counseling sessions through application of basic influencing skills while modifying the approach according to the youth’s need for any of the following: behaviour change, validation, crisis intervention, conflict management or any of the six core components of complex trauma interventions. Students will explore how to facilitate traumatic experience integration, emotional and behavioral self-regulation, and post-traumatic growth. 42 hours. Prerequisite: COUN10004, or COUN10011, or COMM10086. COUN10012 (Interviewing Skills 2) is equivalent to COUN10008.

    HMNS10103 Working with Exceptionalities

    Explore the concept of exceptionalities in children and youth including historical and theoretical perspectives and methods used in psychological assessments and treatments in conjunction with biological, psychological and sociocultural influences that contribute to our present understanding of exceptionalities. Identify common characteristics of a wide variety of exceptionalities using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Examine current treatment and resources used in the field of Child and Youth Care through case applications which address the complex needs of a youth and the development of a strength-based, culturally relevant treatment plan. 42 hours. 

    HMNS10112 Advanced Therapeutic Programming

    Applying principles of CYC relational practice examine and demonstrate the use of specific evidence-informed therapeutic modalities including play therapy, creative therapies, adventure based therapy, pet/animal therapy in order to design, implement and evaluate therapeutic programs, activities and workshops which are consistent with the developmental level, identified interests, strengths, needs, culturally relevant norms and therapeutic goals of children and youth. 42 hours. Prerequisite: HMNSCC162.

    HMNSCC358 Adolescence: Treatment Approaches & Issues

    Focus on the techniques and formulation skills needed to employ effective intervention strategies which meet the needs and goals of youth in treatment and in the community. Blended delivery. 56 hours. Prerequisite: HMNS10102.

    HSCICC327 Health Care & Pharmacology for Child & Youth Care

    Gain basic knowledge & skills to provide appropriate health care to the ill & convalescent child/adolescent. Learn skills necessary for the safe preparation & administration of medication. Includes medications used with emotionally disturbed children & adolescents and for common illnesses and infections. 42 hours.

    OPELXXX General Education 1 Option Table 42 hours.

    Semester 4

    Course Number

    Course Name

     

    Course Description

     

    HMNS10124 Trauma Informed Treatment Approaches

    Examination of treatment therapies, concepts and practice utilized in human services work. Comparing and contrasting the various approaches and articulating the differences and usage for the Child and Youth Worker. 42 hours. Prerequisite: HMNS10102.

    HMNSCC532 Family Work

    This course examines the concept of family, its stages of development and associated tasks. Students will be introduced to a variety of theories that will be useful to them in understanding and working with families. Particular attention will be paid to systems theory and assessing family functioning from this perspective. Emphasis will be given to the role of the Child and Youth Worker in assisting parents and children who are dealing with specific types of family conditions and problems. Students will develop role appropriate goals with parents and/or children in hypothetical case situations. They will analyze the variables affecting successful engagement of their clients into the problem solving process. They will develop strategies for effective child management. Emphasis will be placed on the establishment of effective collaborative relationships with other service delivery professionals. 42 hours. HMNS10158 (Family and Family Systems) is equivalent to HMNSCC532. 

    HMNSCC553 Community Interventions & Resources

    Review systems and other community change theories, learn methods of identifying gaps in service, access community resources, communication networks, professional networks, referral procedures and strategies for change. Blended delivery. 42 hours.

    HMNSCC556 Advanced Group Work Designed to provide an in-depth study of the interactions, issues and key concepts that occur in small groups. Emphasis placed on the student proposing, designing, implementing and evaluating a therapeutic group to be presented to the class. Blended delivery. 56 hours. Prerequisite: HMNSCC143 and HMNSCC162 and COUN10008.
    HMNSCC558 Human Sexuality for Child & Youth Worker

    Integrate Human Sexuality Theory through planning, implementing and evaluating therapeutic programs. Blended delivery. 42 hours. Prerequisites: HMNSCC162 and HMNSCC358.

    OPELXXXXZ General Education 2 Option Table 42 hours.

    Semester 5

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    Course Name

     

    Course Description

     

    HMNS10154

    You MUST register for HMNS10154 and WORK10136.

    Field Placement Seminar

    This is an integrative seminar that will allow students to process and explore trends and issues in Child and Youth Care as they move through Field Placement. 28 hours. Prerequisite:WORK10112 or HMNS10148.

    HMNSCC457 Cognitive Behaviour Modification in Child and Youth Care

    Presents two treatment approaches: the theory and techniques of Behaviour Modification and Cognitive Behavioural Modification. Each theory will be examined on its own merit and then studied in terms of an integration of the two approaches. 28 hours.

    HMNSCC458 Assessment & Treatment Strategies in Child Youth Care

    Provides a forum for discussion to assist students to integrate theory (from previous & present courses) with practice. Study case assessment, service planning, case formulation, treatment planning and develop report writing skills and applied treatment skills as the primary CYW with a client, within a multidisciplinary team. 42 hours. Prerequisite: HMNSCC358.

    WORK10136

    You MUST register for HMNS10154 and WORK10136.

    Field Placement 1

    Field placement provides an opportunity to integrate classroom theories while learning through real life situations. Introduces a variety of situations and provides exposure to a spectrum of community services, including public and private supported community agencies and institutions. 448 hours. Prerequisite: HMNS10148, HMNS10112, HMNSCC257, MGMTCC153, HMNSCC358, COUN10008, HSCICC327, HMNSCC143, and HMNS10103.

    Semester 6

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    Course Name

     

    Course Description

     

    HMNS10105 Professional Development in Child and Youth Care

    Process and explore your professional development and working style as you prepare for entry into the Child and Youth Care field. 42 hours. Prerequisites: HMNS10154 and WORK10136.

    WORK10137 Field Placement 2 Field placement 2 continues to provide opportunities to learn through real life situations by benefitting from the knowledge and guidance of the CYC staff and supervisors. 504 hours. Prerequisite: WORK10136 and HMNSCC457 and HMNSCC458 and HMNSCC553 and HMNSCC556 and HMNSCC532 and HMNS10154.

    Students are responsible for ensuring required prerequisites are completed prior to registering in subsequent courses.

    As part-time studies enables students to work at their own pace, as per the Program Promotion and Graduation Requirements policy, all students must be aware that to be eligible for graduation, students are expected to demonstrate mastery of current competencies outlined in the Program of Studies applicable at the time of graduation. In cases where study has been interrupted or a Programs of Studies has been updated to reflect industry standards, the College may require a student to repeat a subject area.

    The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.

    Due to the pandemic, all courses are being delivered online, except for field placements. Delivery method and course options are subject to change.

    To enquire about course delivery, please contact cecommunity [at] mohawkcollege.ca

    Course Code Course Name Spring 2021
    (May to Aug)
    Fall 2021
    (Sep to Dec)

    Winter 2022

    (Jan to Apr)

    Spring 2022

    (May to Aug)

    Fall 2022

    (Sep to Dec)

    HMNSCC142 Introduction to Child and Youth Care Practice MyCanvas MyCanvas   MyCanvas MyCanvas
    HMNSSO127

    Introduction to Group Dynamics

    (Equivalent to HMNSCC143)

    Blended     Blended  
    HMNSCC162 Therapeutic Programming & Life Skills     Blended    
    PSYCSS156 Introduction to Psychology Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats
    SSCISS108 Introduction to Sociology Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats
    COMM11040 Communication D Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats
    COMMLL041 Communication Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats
    COUN10011

    Interviewing Skills 1 

    (Equivalent to COUN10004)

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    HMNS10102 Introduction to Abuse/Trauma/Resiliency MyCanvas     MyCanvas  
    HLTH10216

    Prevention & Intervention Strategies

    (Equivalent to HMNSCC257)

      OntarioLearn      
    MGMTCC153 Legislation: Policies & Procedures     MyCanvas    
    PSYCSS271 Developmental Psychology Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats
    HMNS10148 Professionalism in CYC MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
    COUN10012

    Interviewing Skills 2 

    (Equivalent to COUN10008)

    OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
    HMNS10103 Working with Exceptionalities       Blended  
    HMNS10112 Advanced Therapeutic Programming Blended     Blended  
    HMNSCC358 Adolescence: Treatment Approaches & Issues   Classroom     Classroom
    HSCICC327 Health Care & Pharmacology for Child & Youth Care     MyCanvas    
    OPELXXXXX General Education Elective Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats
    HMNS10124 Trauma Informed Treatment Approaches MyCanvas     MyCanvas  
    HMNS10158

    Family and Family Systems

    (Equivalent to HMNSCC532)

    OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn OntarioLearn
    HMNSCC553 Community Interventions & Resources Blended     Blended  
    HMNSCC556 Advanced Group Work Blended     Blended  
    HMNSCC558 Human Sexuality for Child & Youth Worker     Blended    
    OPELXXXXX General Education Elective Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats Multiple Delivery Formats
    HMNS10154 Field Placement Seminar MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
    HMNSCC457 Cognitive Behaviour Modification in Child and Youth Care MyCanvas   MyCanvas MyCanvas  
    HMNSCC458 Assessment & Treatment Strategies in Child Youth Care MyCanvas   MyCanvas MyCanvas  
    WORK10136 Field Placement 1 FieldWork FieldWork FieldWork FieldWork FieldWork
    HMNS10105 Professional Development in Child and Youth Care MyCanvas MyCanvas   MyCanvas MyCanvas
    WORK10137 Field Placement 2 FieldWork FieldWork FieldWork FieldWork FieldWork
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    Field Placements

    There are two field placements in the Child and Youth Care Diploma program:

    • WORK10136 (Field Placement 1) is 448 hours in length. You must register in HMNS10154 (Field Placment Seminar) at the same time as Field Placement 1.
    • WORK10137 (Field Placement 2) is 504 hours in length.

    Field Placement Requirements:

    1. Formal Police Clearance (Vulnerable Sector Screening)
      Registered students who have been convicted of an offence under the Criminal Code for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter field placement.
    2. Communicable Disease Screening
      Some placement agencies require that candidates undergo some disease screening such as tuberculosis testing prior to entering field placement.

    Can I select my own agencies for Placement?

    Students may not contact schools themselves. Once a student is registered in a field placement course, the Field Placement Coordinator/Program Manager will notify the student regarding their placement opportunity. Students are then required to interview at the agency. Additional paperwork must be completed, signed, returned, and approved before placement can officially begin.

    Learning Outcomes

    Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

    In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

    Academic Opportunities

    View our pathways map PDF.

    The Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities!

    Industries of Employment

    • Shelters, Drop-in Centres, Group Homes, Schools, Residential Facilities
    • Mental Health Centres
    • Education Services
    • Child Welfare Services
    • Youth Criminal Justice Services
    • Community Intervention Services

    Occupational Categories

    • Child and Youth Workers
    • Child and Youth Counsellors
    • Youth Support Workers

    For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada website.

    Graduate Opportunities

    Graduates of the Child and Youth Care Advanced Diploma program may also be interested in Degree Transfer or Post-Graduate opportunities! Visit the Pathways and Credit Transfer page to research these opportunities.