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:
2) ecological perspective
3) anti-oppression and human rights framework
4) restorative practices
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This program starts in January and is delivered over 16 consecutive months (four consecutive semesters).
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) as part of their previous post-secondary credential, 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.
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 georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes