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  • Child and Youth Worker

    Child and Youth Worker

Program Code:CYW
Campus:King
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

The three-year Child and Youth Worker 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 Workers 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 Worker 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

As a Child and Youth Worker, 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 Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Toronto

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Ryerson University• Bachelor of Arts, Child and Youth Care – Direct Entry
Tyndale University College• Bachelor of Arts (Human Services, Early Childhood Education, Human Services-Social Service Worker) or Bachelor of Religious Education (Degree Completion or Modular)
York University• Any relevant degree or major

Ontario

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Algoma University• Bachelor of Social Work
• Bachelor of Arts in a related field
Carleton University• Any Relevant Major
King’s University College at The University of Western Ontario• Bachelor of Art, Arts or Social Science
Lakehead University• Honours Bachelor of Social Work
Laurentian University• Bachelor of Arts (General) in Psychology
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) in Criminology and Justice – Bridge
• Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) in Forensic Psychology – Bridge
University of Windsor• BA Honours in Disability Studies

Canada

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Grant MacEwan University• Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
University of Victoria• Bachelor in Child and Youth Care (BCYC)

International

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Bachelor of Human Services
• Bachelor of Social Work
• Bachelor of Child and Family Studies

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.

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 2
CYW347 Field Work Seminar II 2
CYW357 Field Work Placement 16
CYW377 Impact of Social Networking 3
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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Introduction to Child and Youth Work
Health, Wellness and Medication
Child and Youth Care Practice
College English
Interpersonal Communications
Diversity: Awareness and Practice
 
Semester 2
Child and Youth Care Methods I
Interviewing and Counselling
Therapeutic Foundations
Adolescent Development in the Lifespan
Integrative Field Work Seminar
Community Studies: Families in Change
General Education Option
 
Semester 3
Child and Youth Care Methods II
Therapeutic Activities
Assessment and Recording in CYW Practice
Integrative Field Work Seminar II
Field Work
Autism and Developmental Disabilities
General Education Option
 
Semester 4
Exceptionalities of Children and Youth
Crisis Interventions
Group Work in CYW Practice
Integrative Field Work Seminar III
Field Work
General Education Option
 
Semester 5
Professional Elective: Human Sexuality
Family Work for CYW
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Disorders
Integrative Field Work Seminar IV
Field Work
 
Semester 6
Counselling Children and Youth Lab
Specialization in Child and Youth Care
Child Trauma and Abuse
Integrative Field Work Seminar V
Field Work

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shelley Ferguson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
Email: Shelley.Ferguson@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Email: Valentyna.Gorodovych@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Shelley Ferguson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55115
Email: Shelley.Ferguson@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Justin Boudreau
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55336
Email: Justin.Boudreau@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Biljana Bruce
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55002
Email: Biljana.Bruce@senecacollege.ca
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