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Child and Youth Care (Formerly: Child and Youth Worker)

Child and Youth Care (Formerly: Child and Youth Worker)

Program Code:CYC
Campus:King
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Offered:Fall
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

The three-year Child and Youth Care advanced diploma program is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge required to work with children, adolescents and families experiencing a wide range of emotional, social, behavioural and/or mental health needs. Child and Youth Workers are specialists in facilitating change in children and youth and work alongside other 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. As a Child and Youth Worker, you will be a valuable resource committed to understanding and interacting in therapeutic relationships that foster positive change.

Child and Youth Care professionals adhere to a professional code of conduct while engaging in a full range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies. To succeed in both the Child and Youth Care program and the workplace, you'll need to be mature, outgoing, sensitive, action-oriented and possess the ability to handle stressful situations. Your studies will include various treatment, counselling and therapeutic theories based on a foundational understanding of human behaviour and development. Along with approximately 1200 hours of field placement, you will study areas including adolescent development, violence, abuse, diversity, crisis prevention, child and youth management, therapeutic activities, counselling theory and practice, child exceptionalities, health, sexuality, group and family work and much more.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Note:

  • To be in compliance with our student placement partners, all students in this program must complete a vulnerable sector police screening by the end of first year.
  • A Ministry approved certificate in the following crisis intervention and prevention prior to graduation is recommended for your success in the program:
    • Crisis Prevention & Intervention (CPI)
    • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
    • Understanding & Managing Agressive Behavior (UMAB).

Fees

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Your Career

In the Child and Youth Care program, you will develop skills to work in a variety of therapeutic contexts where you can make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth and families dealing with complex emotional issues. Our six-semester advanced diploma program prepares you for career opportunities in organizations that provide care and treatment for children, youth and their families such as residential and day treatment centres, group homes, hospitals, young offenders' programs, children's aid societies, community-based programs and schools, working with children and youth in special education classes.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
CYW100 Introduction to Child and Youth Work
CYW103 Health, Wellness and Medication
CYW104 Child and Youth Care Practice
EAC150 College English
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications
SSW102 Diversity: Awareness and Practice
 
Semester 2
CYW200 Child and Youth Care Methods I
CYW201 Interviewing and Counselling
CYW202 Therapeutic Foundations
CYW206 Adolescent Development in the Lifespan
CYW247 Field Work Seminar II
CWL227 Community Studies: Families in Change
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
CYW300 Child and Youth Care Methods II
CYW302 Therapeutic Activities
CYW303 Assessment and Recording in CYW Practice
CYW347 Field Work Seminar II
CYW357 Field Work Placement
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
CYW400 Exceptionalities of Children and Youth
CYW402 Crisis Interventions
CYW403 Group Work in CYW Practice
CYW447 Integrative Field Work Seminar III
CYW457 Field Work
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 5
CYW502 Family Work for CYW
CYW503 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Disorders
CYW547 Field Work Seminar IV
CYW557 Field Work
plus: Professional Option Course
 
Semester 6
CYW602 Counselling Children and Youth Lab
CYW604 Specialization in Child and Youth Care Work
CYW605 Child Trauma and Abuse
CYW647 Field Work Seminar V
CYW657 Field Work
 
Professional Options
BHS204 Autism and Developmental Disabilities
CYW376 Human Sexuality
CYW377 Impact of Social Networking
SSW370 Ethics and the Law for Social Service Workers
SSW371 Selected Issues: Intimate Partner Abuse & Violence
SSW372 Selected Issues: Addictions
SSW373 Selected Issues: Mental Health
SSW374 Selected Issues: Child Welfare

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
CYW100 Introduction to Child and Youth Work
CYW103 Health, Wellness and Medication
CYW104 Child and Youth Care Practice
EAC150 College English
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications
SSW102 Diversity: Awareness and Practice
 
Semester 2
CYW200 Child and Youth Care Methods I
CYW201 Interviewing and Counselling
CYW202 Therapeutic Foundations
CYW206 Adolescent Development in the Lifespan
CYW247 Field Work Seminar II
CWL227 Community Studies: Families in Change
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
CYW300 Child and Youth Care Methods II
CYW302 Therapeutic Activities
CYW303 Assessment and Recording in CYW Practice
CYW347 Field Work Seminar II
CYW357 Field Work Placement
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
CYW400 Exceptionalities of Children and Youth
CYW402 Crisis Interventions
CYW403 Group Work in CYW Practice
CYW447 Integrative Field Work Seminar III
CYW457 Field Work
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 5
CYW502 Family Work for CYW
CYW503 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Disorders
CYW547 Field Work Seminar IV
CYW557 Field Work
plus: Professional Option Course
 
Semester 6
CYW602 Counselling Children and Youth Lab
CYW604 Specialization in Child and Youth Care Work
CYW605 Child Trauma and Abuse
CYW647 Field Work Seminar V
CYW657 Field Work
 
Professional Options
BHS204 Autism and Developmental Disabilities
CYW376 Human Sexuality
CYW377 Impact of Social Networking
SSW370 Ethics and the Law for Social Service Workers
SSW371 Selected Issues: Intimate Partner Abuse & Violence
SSW372 Selected Issues: Addictions
SSW373 Selected Issues: Mental Health
SSW374 Selected Issues: Child Welfare

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CYW100 Introduction to Child and Youth Work 3
CYW103 Health, Wellness and Medication 2
CYW104 Child and Youth Care Practice 2
EAC150 College English 3
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications 3
SSW102 Diversity: Awareness and Practice 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CYW200 Child and Youth Care Methods I 3
CYW201 Interviewing and Counselling 3
CYW202 Therapeutic Foundations 2
CYW206 Adolescent Development in the Lifespan 3
CYW247 Field Work Seminar II 2
SWL227 Community Studies: Families in Change 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CYW300 Child and Youth Care Methods II 3
CYW302 Therapeutic Activities 3
CYW303 Assessment and Recording in CYW Practice 2
CYW347 Field Work Seminar II 2
CYW357 Field Work Placement 16
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CYW400 Exceptionalities of Children and Youth 2
CYW402 Crisis Interventions 3
CYW403 Group Work in CYW Practice 3
CYW447 Field Work Seminar III 2
CYW457 Field Work 24
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CYW376 Professional Elective: Human Sexuality 3
CYW502 Family Work for CYW 2
CYW503 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Disorders 2
CYW547 Field Work Seminar IV 2
CYW557 Field Work 16
 
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CYW602 Counselling Children and Youth Lab 3
CYW604 Specialization in Child and Youth Work 2
CYW605 Child Trauma and Abuse 3
CYW647 Field Work Seminar V 2
CYW657 Field Work 16
 
Professional Options
BHS204 Autism and Developmental Disabilities
CYW376 Human Sexuality
CYW377 Impact of Social Networking
SSW370 Ethics and the Law for Social Service Workers
SSW371 Selected Issues: Intimate Partner Abuse & Violence
SSW372 Selected Issues: Addictions
SSW373 Selected Issues: Mental Health
SSW374 Selected Issues: Child Welfare

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shelley Ferguson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
Shelley.Ferguson@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Lerna Francisco
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Lerna.Francisco@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Shelley Ferguson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55115
Shelley.Ferguson@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Justin Boudreau
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55336
Justin.Boudreau@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Biljana Bruce
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55002
Biljana.Bruce@senecacollege.ca
Additional Contacts:
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