Child and Youth Care Program (C133)

Child and Youth Care
School of Social and Community Services
St. James Campus
3 years (6 semesters)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
In the Child and Youth Care program, students have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to work effectively with at-risk youth who are experiencing social, emotional, developmental and behavioural difficulties.Successful graduates of this program will also earn Child & Youth Care Educational Accreditation (CYCEA).

Full Program Descriptions


George Brown College's Child and Youth Care program combines best practice principles and a relational approach that is anchored in the values of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors' Code of Ethics.

The curriculum is organized into four distinct pillars:

  • resiliency
  • an ecological perspective
  • an anti-oppression human rights framework
  • restorative practices

Students learn to engage purposefully and effectively with children, adolescents and families who struggle with emotional, behavioural and developmental challenges that impair their abilities to relate to others.

Specific focus is on recognizing the impact of mental health challenges on children and youth.

Students learn to translate theory into practice to move at-risk youth from risk to resilience.

Child and Youth Worker student interacts with a group of students

Your Field Study Options 

The first year provides the students with an opportunity to develop a solid foundation of skills to build upon. The subsequent academic courses come to life in a wide range of supervised field placements in the second and third years of the program.

These may include:

  • residential care
  • hospitals shelters
  • school boards
  • community outreach programs
  • day treatment

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
CYCS1004 Introduction to Child and Youth Care
CYCS1054 Interpersonal Communication
GSSC1105 Introduction to Psychology
PSY1064 Child Development
COMM1007 College English
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
PSY3002 Children with Exceptionalities
CYCS2002 Relational Practice
CYCS1015 Field Preparation Seminar
CYCS1022 Therapeutic Activities
CYCS1051 Professional Practice Lab
LAW1002 Legislation and Social Issues
PSY2015 Adolescent Development – From Risk to Resilience


semester courses
Code Course Name
COUN1006 Counselling Skills
CYCS2011 Writing for the Profession
CYCS2023 Child Abuse and Neglect
CYCS2024 Integrative Seminar III
CYCS2025 Field Practice III
PSY2015 Adolescent Development – From Risk to Resilience
SWRK1021 Applied Group Dynamics


semester courses
Code Course Name
CYCS1005 Therapeutic Foundations
CYCS2026 Trauma Informed Approaches
CYCS2027 Integrative Seminar IV
CYCS2028 Field Practice IV
SWRK1022 Advanced Group Dynamics
PSY2018 Human Sexuality


semester courses
Code Course Name
BST2003 Crisis Prevention and Intervention
CYCS3009 Integrative Seminar V
CYCS3008 Field Practice V
CYCS3012 Professional Issues I
CYCS3013 Professional Issues II
PSY2002 Family Processes
PSY3008 Psychopathology I
GSSC1138 Introductory Sociology


semester courses
Code Course Name
CYCS2006 Working with Families
CYCS3011 Integrative Seminar VI
CYCS3010 Field Practice VI
CYCS3014 Professional Issues III
PSY3009 Psychopathology II
GNED General Education Elective

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Child and Youth Care graduates have found employment as workers in:

  • treatment centres
  • group homes/residential placements
  • hospitals
  • schools
  • community-based treatment programs
  • shelters

Future Study Options 

Graduates of the Child and Youth Care program may qualify for advanced standing in other programs at George Brown College. Some examples include (but are not limited to): 

  • Social Service Worker Program (C119)
  • Behavioural Science Technology Program (C116)
  • Community Worker Program (C101)

Graduates are also eligible to apply for the degree completion program in Child and Youth Care at Ryerson University and Humber College.

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 (

For further information, see

Tuition and Fees


$3,655.00 *

Additional Cost 

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2015. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2016 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) - Must have a Grade 12 English (4C) grade of 70 or higher, or (4U) grade of 65 or higher.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

Special Requirements  

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)
  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take 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 vulnerable sector 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 vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be 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

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Student Success

Success Stories  

C133 Student Success -  Kirishika Ethayarajen

"I always wanted to be an advocate for children and youth. I met a victim services worker who told me about the program at George Brown. Knowing that I wanted to specialize in child abuse prevention and intervention, I felt that the courses in this program would help me set the foundation for my educational path. I also knew that I wanted to continue pursuing higher education and that Ryerson had a direct entry program, which allows George Brown students to go directly into third year. These reasons and the fact that George Brown provided 2 full year placements made me choose this program at George Brown."

Kirishika Ethayarajan (Graduate 2016, Child and Youth Care)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Social & Community Services

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2185


Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Donna Reid, Child & Youth Care Program Coordinator

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 3000


For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.