In the Child and Youth Care (Fast-Track) program (formerly Child and Youth Worker (Fast-track) program), you will have the opportunity to learn how to help at-risk children, youth and families by developing therapeutic skills and abilities. Over the course of four consecutive semesters, you will learn how to build therapeutic relationships with clients and collaborate with your team as you evolve and create a professional identity as an agent of change.
Scope of practice includes:
- age specific focus (approx. 6-21 years old)
- emotional-behavioural issues
- mental health concerns including depression
- developmental conditions such as Autism
The curriculum is supported by four distinct pillars:
- ecological perspective
- anti-oppression & human rights framework
- restorative practices
This program starts in January and is delivered over 16 consecutive months.
Students are required to successfully complete a Ministry-approved crisis intervention training certificate in their first semester.
If students have not already completed a child development course (e.g. Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Lifespan Development) prior to admission to the program, they will be expected to do so at an additional cost prior to beginning their third semester.
Your Field Study Options
Students gain valuable hands-on experience through two supervised field placement opportunities. Each placement lasts four consecutive months and runs four days a week providing approximately 900 hours of field-related experience.
Field placement opportunities take place in agencies and institutions in the Greater Toronto Area including:
- group homes
- school boards
- youth shelters
- community outreach programs
Students are expected to work both day and evening shifts (not overnight) and may be requested to work one weekend per month.
Note: Field placements are unpaid positions.
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Program Standards and Learning Outcomes
Program standards apply to all similar programs of instruction offered by colleges across the province. Each program standard for a postsecondary program of instruction includes the following elements:
- Vocational standard (the vocationally specific learning outcomes which apply to the program in question),
- Essential employability skills (the essential employability skills learning outcomes which apply to all programs of instruction), and
- General education requirement (the requirement for general education in postsecondary programs of instruction).
The vocational and essential employability skills components of program standards are expressed in terms of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved and verified.
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Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website