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6 Semesters (3 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Community Services

About the Program

This three-year advanced diploma program will provide you with a full range of intervention, prevention and treatment strategies to facilitate a positive change for children, adolescents and families in need of emotional, social, developmental or mental health support. You will receive in-depth training and education in behavioural theories, practices and a foundational understanding of assessment, intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and activities with children and youth.

As a graduate of this program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you are eligible to pursue Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health program. This unique pathway allows you to earn a degree within two years (4 semesters plus a work-term) after completion of a summer bridging stream.

Work Experience

Field Placement

As a student of this program, if you meet all the academic requirements, you will have the opportunity to participate in 1,200 hours of field placement in a professional setting. Field placements are similar in length to an academic semester and typically involve full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options within:

  • Residential treatment centres
  • Day treatment centres
  • Group homes
  • Hospitals
  • Children’s aid societies

You will also be qualified to work alongside:

  • Educators
  • Medical and social work professionals
  • Correctional officers
  • Family organizations

Related Careers


Throughout the course of this advanced diploma program you will develop skills in:

  • Prevention, intervention and treatment strategies
  • Treatments, counselling and therapeutic theories
  • Understanding in adolescent development, violence, child and youth management, diversity, therapeutic activities, group and family work

Professional Certification

  • ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Training Certificate
  • CPI – Crisis Prevention Intervention Training Certification

What Our Graduates Say

“Classroom learning is completely relevant to the field of child and youth care, and experienced professors encourage intelligent discussions which are fostered by small class sizes. The faculty is just as passionate in helping children as you are which provides motivation to accomplish, and even surpass, your personal goals. After accepting a pre-graduation job offer, I have been working full time for the York Region District School Board. I have worked with and made strong connections with a large number of children and couldn’t be happier.”

Emma Bannister
Child and Youth Care Graduate