C137 (Previously R107) Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor / Advocate Diploma

This program is unique in Canada.

The Direct Entry Option of the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program at George Brown College builds on previous learning, offering an intensive, combination of woman-focused, feminist counselling and political action courses that include the skills of support and activism needed to advocate for women, their children, and their communities.

In addition to the full-time option, the AWCCA Program offers this individualized Direct Entry to Second Year Option to eligible students who have undergraduate degrees or who are graduates of Social Service Worker or Community Worker Diploma programs. All applicants, whether for Year 1 or 2 are asked to complete a questionnaire and attend an information session.

In addition to the questionnaire and interview, applicants who seek Direct Entry to Second Year are asked to develop a portfolio describing their their past field/work experience in order to capture their skills and knowledge. The portfolio should include transcripts and any relevant documentation about their previous learning and work experience. Direct Entry students are required to take additional courses where their previous education and field experience is not equivalent to AWCCA core first year classes.

Career Opportunities:

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

Degree in related field such as Women's Studies, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, or Social Service Worker, Community Worker Diploma.

  • All applicants are required to complete a questionnaire and selected candidates will be invited to attend an interview.
  • Applicant applying directly to Year 2 are required to provide past transcripts and relevant documentation supporting their application to Year 2 of the AWCCA Program.
  • Individual assessment of past learning is required to assess additional Year 1 courses that will be needed for AWCCA Program completion.

Please call 416-415-5000 ext. 6834 or email awcca@georgebrown.ca to obtain a questionnaire and course details.

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 several weeks, 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.

Diploma completion:

Students enter directly into Year 2 of the full-time program with additional Year 1 courses as needed – see program courses descriptions. Classes start in September and finish in April.