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Child and Youth Care

Child and Youth Worker

Child and Youth Care

Child and Youth Care (compressed)

Child and youth care workers provide support and understanding to children and their families. If you have a passion for helping young people then this field is for you. You will learn the skills required to help children/adolescents and their families build meaningful relationships and effectively help troubled youth find positive solutions to life’s challenges.

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Program Description

This advanced diploma program is a three-year, fast-track program delivered over two calendar years. You will be required to complete block placements in the spring/summer semesters. A twelve-week block placement in Year 1 and a sixteen-week block placement in Year 2.

Designed to prepare you to provide frontline treatment services to emotionally troubled and behaviourally disordered children and youth, you will receive specific education and skill development related to:

  • Child management techniques
  • Designing treatment programs (for individuals and groups)
  • Family support interventions
  • Therapeutic relationships
  • Working with multidisciplinary teams

The curriculum encourages self-reflective practice that will enable you to explore your values, beliefs, attitudes and assumptions related to human behaviour and relationships.

Faculty will work closely with you to support skill development and growth in communication techniques and counselling theory and practice.

As part of your second year of study, you will be required to complete certificate training in understanding and managing aggressive behaviour.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C, M or U) (minimum 60 per cent)
  • Three additional senior-level credits

Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact or call 905.721.3000.


To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:

  • A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS to meet field placement agency requirements
  • Current Level C CPR certification from a recognized provider
  • Current standard first aid certification from a recognized provider
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
  • Additional background checks may be required as per agency requirements
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Career Options


  • Child and youth care worker
  • Children’s caseworker
  • Day program support staff
  • Educational assistant
  • Relief worker
  • School support counsellor
  • Shelters support worker
  • Youth care worker


  • Child and family centres
  • Child care centres
  • Children’s aid societies
  • Community living associations
  • Group homes
  • Mental health facilities
  • School boards
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$40$40
Total Fees:$5,386$20,505

Please note: fees are based on the 2015-2016 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placements

Your learning will be complemented with four competency-based field placements, totalling 1,610 hours, under the supervision of qualified clinicians. These placements will occur in a variety of children’s mental health agencies and school settings in Durham Region and its surrounding area. You will be responsible for your transportation to and from the agency/school. It is essential for you to possess emotional maturity and physical well-being in order to successfully meet all of the required learning objectives involved in effectively helping troubled children and adolescents find positive solutions to life’s challenges. Both are also critical to building therapeutic relations with these children/adolescents, relationships that are the cornerstone of the child and youth worker approach.

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  • code: CYCA
  • Program length: Two-year (six consecutive semesters/compressed delivery)
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $5,386 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Waitlisted Waitlisted: September 2016
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: September 2016
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