This program develops therapeutic skills and abilities in students, enabling them to work creatively with other professionals concerned with the care and treatment of children and adolescents with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The academic subjects taken in the program come to life in the concurrent supervised field experience. The development of self-awareness and emotional maturity is emphasized, along with the ability to relate effectively to others.
Field placements for this program include some of the most prestigious agencies and institutions in the Greater Toronto Area, such as psychiatric hospitals, group homes and special education classrooms. Students are expected to work both day and evening shifts (not overnight) and may be requested to work one weekend per month in the second-year and third-year placements.
Students are required to complete Ministry-approved certificate training in Crisis Intervention and Prevention (UMAB, CPI, TCI) prior to graduation.
Applicants must have completed a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer or paid employment with children/youth aged six to 18 (babysitting excluded). Volunteer hours must be documented by letters of reference.
CYCS1004 Introduction to Child and Youth Care
GSSC1105 Introduction to Psychology
PSY1064 Child Development
CYCS1015 Field Preparation Seminar
CYCS1021 Therapeutic Activities I
COMM1007 College English
GNED General Education Elective
COUN1001 Interpersonal Skills
CYCS1022 Therapeutic Activities II
CYCS2002 Child and Youth Care Methods I
CYCS1017 Integrative Seminar II
CYCS1024 Field Practice II
COMP1082 Computer Skills
LAW1002 Legislation and Social Issues
COUN1006 Counselling Skills
CYCS2011 Assessment and Plans of Care
CYCS2023 Child Abuse and Neglect
CYCS2024 Integrative Seminar III
CYCS2025 Field Practice III
SWRK1021 Group Dynamics I
PSY2015 Adolescent Development – From Risk to Resilience
PSY3002 Exceptional Children
CYCS1005 Therapeutic Foundations
CYCS2026 Child and Youth Care Methods II
CYCS2027 Integrative Seminar IV
CYCS2028 Field Practice IV
SWRK1022 Group Dynamics II
PSY2004 Human Sexuality
GSSC1064 Introduction to Sociology
PSY3008 Psychopathology I
CYCS3009 Integrative Seminar V
CYCS3008 Field Practice V
CYCS3012 Professional Issues I
CYCS3013 Professional Issues II
PSY2002 Family Processes
PSY3009 Psychopathology II
CYCS3011 Integrative Seminar VI
CYCS3010 Field Practice VI
CYCS3014 Professional Issues III
CYCS2006 Working with Families
GNED General Education Elective
Your Career Graduates find employment as workers in treatment centres, group homes, hospitals, schools and community-based treatment programs.Future Study Options
Graduates of the Child and Youth Worker program may qualify for advanced standing in other programs in the School of Social and Community Services at George Brown College. These include but are not restricted to: Social Service Worker program (C119), Behavioural Science Technology program (C116) and Community Worker program (C101). They are also eligible to apply for the degree completion program in Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University. Students are eligible for membership in the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC), the professional association representing Child and Youth Workers in the province of Ontario (www.oacyc.org).
For further information, see transferguide.georgebrown.ca.
School of Social & Community Services Admission Requirements and Fees 2012-2013
Additional Mandatory Requirements
Pre-placement Health Form
- Upon acceptance and confirmation into the program, students must meet all the mandatory pre-placement health requirements for this program. This may take up to four months to complete all the requirements.
- All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.
- Details and to download the mandatory pre-placement health form, go to the Pre-placement website at www.georgebrown.ca/preplacement.
Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)
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- In compliance with requests from our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed and must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
- The police vulnerable sector check application process typically takes 2 to 3 months but under some circumstances can take from four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.
- Students are responsible for ensuring that the police record check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)”.
- Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check. Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may not be able to start their field clinical placement and therefore unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
- Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
- The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at http://www.georgebrown.ca/preplacement/record_check