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Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program (R107)-2015-2016
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Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program (R107)

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PROGRAMAssaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate
CODER107
SCHOOLLiberal Arts and Sciences
LOCATIONSt. James Campus
DURATION2 Years (4 semesters)
STARTING MONTHSeptember
CERTIFICATIONOntario College Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY2015-2016
METHOD OF STUDYFT

The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor / Advocate program provides students with a feminist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to violence against women and children. It trains students to be agents for change in their work of community education, political action and law reform. It prepares students to provide counselling and advocacy for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing violence.


Full Program Descriptions

Description  

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The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor / Advocate program provides students with a feminist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to violence against women and children. It trains students to be agents for change in their work of community education, political action and law reform. It prepares students to provide counselling and advocacy for women and children who have experienced or are experiencing violence. Fieldwork is a major component of the program. Students may be eligible to do part of their fieldwork in international placements.

This program is unique in Canada.

Note: Some of our student placement partners require students in this program to have a police reference check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may find that their choice of placements is limited.



Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established Program Descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).

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Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website



Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

Code Course name
GSSC1107 Introduction to Feminism
COUN1020 Introduction to Feminist Counselling
COUN1014 Group Process I
COMM1007 College English
PSY1054 Child and Youth Development
WOMN1034 Gender, Race and Class: The Structure of Privilege and Oppression
WOMN1035 Integrative Seminar I
WOMN1048 Digital Technology for Classroom and Community

SEMESTER 2

Code Course name
COUN1011 Working with Abused Women I
COUN1026 Child Witness
COMM1034 Professional Communications
GSSC1023 Psychology of Women
WOMN1014 Fieldwork Seminar I
WOMN1037 Integrative Seminar II
WOMN1016 Field Placement I
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

Code Course name
COUN2014 Survivors of Sexual Violence I
COUN1013 Working with Abused Women II
WOMN2029 Feminist Political Action and Community Development I
COUN2015 Group Process II
WOMN2017 Fieldwork Seminar II
WOMN2026 Field Placement II
WOMN2030 Integrative Seminar III
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

Code Course name
COUN2013 Children Experiencing Violence
COUN2016 Survivors of Sexual Violence II
WOMN2032 Feminist Political Action and Community Development II
COUN2017 Group Process III
WOMN2022 Fieldwork Seminar III
WOMN2034 Field Placement III
WOMN2033 Integrative Seminar IV


Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates work in a variety of settings, including women’s transition and interval houses, rape crisis centres, women’s health centres, community centres and victim/witness programs.

Future Study Options 

Graduates are eligible to apply for advanced standing in degree programs at York University in Toronto, and at Hilbert College, a university in Hamburg, New York. Graduates may apply to complete a second diploma in a related George Brown College program in a reduced time frame (e.g. the Social Service Worker or Community Worker programs). See http://www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide/.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$3,559.00 *

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 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student.

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.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.



Special Requirements  

Some of our student placement partners require students in this program to have a police reference check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which can take several weeks, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.

How Do I Apply to the Program  

R107 Program - Assaulted Women's & Children's Counsellor Advocate Diploma Program Applicant Questionnaire

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Bridging - Advanced Study  

The AWCCA program has an individualized Direct Entry to Second Year Option for eligible students who have undergraduate degrees or diplomas. Please visit the Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor Advocate Direct Entry to Second Year Option page at georgebrown.ca.

Student Success

Success Stories  

Learn more about Stacy Johnson’s experience in the program by watching the video below:

“I entered this program not knowing what to expect, but knowing what I wanted to learn from it and do when I graduated. The incredibly knowledgeable and supportive program faculty prepared me beyond my expectations. I now have the job of my dreams and I am confident in my skills as a Crisis Intervention Counsellor at a shelter for abused women and their children. There is never a day that I don’t look forward to going to work. I have the program and the teachers to thank for this!”

Jennifer Leworthy, B.A., E.C.E.

AWCCA Crisis Intervention Counsellor, Halton Women's Place



Contact Us

Contact Us  

Call the Assaulted Women’s and Counsellor/Advocate program office at 416-415-5000, ext. 2121 or 2323 or email mboniste@georgebrown.ca.

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



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