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Child and Youth Care (Fast-Track)

Available at: Kingston

Overview

(Formerly Child and Youth Worker program)

There are three ways to complete the Child and Youth Care worker program at St. Lawrence College:

Child and Youth Workers are specialists in facilitating change in children, youth and young adults who are experiencing a range of social, emotional and/or behavioural challenges. Children and youth respond to the impact of change, stress, loss, poverty, violence, abuse and neglect with a range of emotions and behaviours including confusion, anger, withdrawal, aggression, hopelessness, violence, and suicide. Many of the children or youth experience numerous challenges, or have been diagnosed with multiple problems.

Additionally, increasing numbers of these youths are young offenders who are in custody and/or are receiving some therapeutic intervention. Understanding the individual and the unique nature of his/her response is therefore an important first task. Child and Youth Care workers (CYCs) are a valuable resource to children, youth and their families in this process. They commit themselves to understanding and interacting in therapeutic relationships with these children, youth, and their families to promote and facilitate positive change.

Highlights

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to find answers to the Child and Youth Care program FAQs

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in:

  • Specialized educational programs;
  • Schools/residential treatment centres;
  • Group homes/youth detention centres; 
  • Before- and after-care school programs; 
  • Street/community work with children/youth;
  • Hospitals, children’s mental health centres;
  • Family and children’s services;
  • Self-employment initiatives.

Apply now at www.ontariocolleges.ca.

Program Name

Child and Youth Care (Fast-Track)

Program Code

0811

Credential

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates

September

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)

Kingston

Canadian Fees

2017-18 tuition fees are $2,935.68. Compulsory fees are $1,202.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fees are $13,800.00. Compulsory fees are $1,876.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

 Semester 1
CAYW 210 Psychological Theory and Practice
CAYW 214 Group Dynamics and Facilitation
CAYW 215 Ethics and Practice in Crisis Intervention
CAYW 1017 Community Field Placement I
CAYW 1018 Community Field Placement Seminar I

Semester 2
CAYW 211 Creative Therapeutic Interventions
COMM 11 Clinical Documentation
CAYW 1019 Community Field Placement II
CAYW 1020 Community Field Placement Seminar II
FAMI 65 Family Based Practices

Semester 3
CAYW 310 Addictions and Psychopharmacology
CAYW 311 Child and Adolescent Mental Health
CAYW 314 Advocacy and Activism
CAYW 1021 Community Field Placement III
CAYW 1022 Community Field Placement Seminar III

Semester 4
CAYW 225 Human Sexuality
CAYW 315 Children, Youth and the Law
GENE 123 Social Change
CAYW 1023 Community Field Placement IV
CAYW 1024 Community Field Placement Seminar IV

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in the social sciences or a college diploma community services

Prerequisites

Criminal Background Check
Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for pro­grams with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying. Criminal Background Checks should not be ordered until the student is advised to do so by CYC Faculty/Placement Clerk.

Health Requirements

IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE requirements

Completion of the IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM is a MANDATORY condition for your clinical/practical placement. CYC students should have their immunizations completed before September, or during their first Fall semester of the CYC program. THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Download your IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM (pdf)

Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:  Immunizations@sl.on.ca

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit: www.ontransfer.ca

    Testimonials

    I enrolled in the SLC Child and Youth Worker program after completing my BA in Psychology. The program was stimulating, the faculty was supportive and knowledgeable, and my diploma is the perfect complement to my BA – I had my dream job 4 months before graduation!



    Sandra MacDonald

    Program Contact

    Dave Clark
    dclark@sl.on.ca

    Admissions Information

    Connect with a College Career Advisor:
    dreamit@sl.on.ca

    International Students Contact:
    international@sl.on.ca


    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Professional Association

    In the Child and Youth Care program, students and faculty are encouraged to become members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care. As members we adopt and adhere to the Code of Ethics as professionals in the field of child and youth care.

    Field Placement

    The development of practical competence occurs through a series of field placements. Such extensive training allows students to build relationships with children and youth which are an essential part of the child and youth worker field.

    Field placement choices are made with the student’s personal growth in mind providing the student with the opportunity to develop his/her skills to be effective in the field. Specific field placement sites are not guaranteed, and some placements require specific criteria. Students work closely with Faculty to find an appropriate match.

    Advanced Standing

    Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at ontariocolleges.ca and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

    Students with life experiences may receive credit through the prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) process.

    Transfer Credits

    Students who have credits from another SLC program or another college or University that they would like to transfer should contact Credit Transfer Advisor Shanika Turner at transfers@sl.on.ca for more information.

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