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Child and Youth Care

Available at: Brockville | Kingston


(Formerly Child and Youth Worker program)

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

The Accelerated program at our Brockville campus runs for six semesters in two years, from September until the end of June each year. The credential awarded upon graduation is a three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma.

Child and Youth Care practitioners 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 and may have a variety of diagnoses.

Additionally, increasing numbers of these youth are in conflict with the law and/or are receiving therapeutic intervention. Understanding the individual and the unique nature of his/her response is therefore an important first task. Child and Youth Care (CYC) practitioners 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.


Watch The Many Faces of Child and Youth Work video on YouTube to learn more about this wonderfully diverse profession.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in:

  • School programs
  • Residential care or treatment facilities
  • Mental health treatment programs
  • Youth shelters or group homes
  • Community-based services and resource centres
  • Hospitals
  • Family and children’s services
  • Youth justice services

Program Name

Child and Youth Care

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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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 2020-21

Semester 1 (15 weeks)
CAYW 110 Therapeutic Activities
CAYW 111 Child Development
CAYW 113 Relational Child and Youth Care
CAYW 114 The Self in Child and Youth Care
CAYW 1015 Introduction to Working With Children, Youth and Families
COMM 110 Communications for College
GENE General Education Course

Semester 2 (15 weeks)
CAYW 120 Interviewing and Counselling
CAYW 121 Adolescent and Young Adult Development
CAYW 122 Behavioural Interventions
CAYW 124 Therapeutic Milieu
CAYW 125 Preparation for Field and Professional Practice
CAYW 112 Child and Adolescent Abuse
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3 (8 weeks)
CAYW 1017 Community Field Placement I
CAYW 1018 Community Field Placement Seminar I
CAYW 215 Ethics and Practice in Crisis Intervention

Semester 4 (15 weeks)
CAYW 210 Psychological Theory and Practice
CAYW 214 Group Dynamics and Facilitation
CAYW 211 Creative Therapeutic Interventions
COMM 11 Clinical Documentation
FAMI 65 Family Based Practices
CAYW 1019 Community Field Placement II
CAYW 1020 Community Field Placement Seminar II

Semester 5 (15 weeks)
CAYW 310 Addictions and Psychopharmacology
CAYW 311 Child and Adolescent Mental Health
CAYW 315 Children, Youth and the Law
CAYW 314 Advocacy and Activism
CAYW 225 Human Sexuality
CAYW 1021 Community Field Placement III
CAYW 1022 Community Field Placement Seminar III

Semester 6 (8 weeks)
CAYW 1023 Community Field Placement IV
CAYW 1024 Community Field Placement Seminar IV
GENE 123 Social Change

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


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


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.


Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

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


St. Lawrence College gave me an exceptional academic and applied experience (through placements)! I secured a job in my field prior to my last semester. My diploma provided a foundation for moving on to complete my bachelor's then master's degree.

Lorena Crosbie

Program Contact

Cynthia Pressé

Admissions Information

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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 Worker program, students and faculty are required to become members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors. As members we adopt and adhere to the Code of Ethics as professionals in the field of child and youth work.

Field Placement

The development of practical competence occurs through a series of field placements (1,200 hours). 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 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 Recognition

Students with a college diploma or university degree and/or life experiences may receive credit through the prior learning assessment (PLAR) process.

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