In the Child and Youth Care (Fast-Track) program, you will have the opportunity to learn how to support children, youth and families at risk by developing therapeutic skills and abilities. Over the course of 16 consecutive months (4 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 and human rights framework
- restorative practices
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This Child and Youth Care program has earned national accreditation, becoming the first of its kind in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area and the third in Canada to do so.
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 final semester.
In preparation for the field or clinical placement, students will be required to work in multiple small and large groups within classes and community settings.
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
- 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.