Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/ Advocate Program
Accelerated
(C147)

2022-20232023-2024
  • Program Name:
    Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/ Advocate
  • Code: C147
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    5 weeks, 8 months (3 semesters) full-time
  • Centre:
  • School: Social & Community Services
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: May
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $3,622.00 * † ‡
  • International Tuition:
    16,771.00 ** † ‡
  • Experiential Learning:

    Field Placement

  • Winter 2023 Delivery:
    Not Available

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Overview

Leadership Claims

Preparing graduates to work as Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocates for over 30 years.

This program is unique in Canada.

Program Overview

The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate (Accelerated) program provides students with a feminist, anti-racist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to gender-based violence. The program establishes a foundation for students to be agents for change in their work in community education, political action and law reform. It prepares students to provide anti-oppressive counselling and advocacy for self-identified women, children, trans and non-binary survivors who have experienced or are experiencing gender-based violence. 

This three-semester program is a condensed version of the two-year (C137) program. It is designed for applicants with an existing diploma or degree and work/volunteer experience in feminist organization and programs, who are interested in accelerating their career as a Counsellor/Advocate for survivors of gender-based violence.

PLEASE NOTE: If you apply to the 2022/23 intake for this program, you will begin your studies in May 2023.  

Full Description

The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate (Accelerated) program provides students with a feminist, anti-racist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to gender-based violence experienced primarily by self-identified women, children, trans and non-binary survivors. The program provides a foundation for students to be agents for change in their work of community education, political action and law reform. It prepares students to provide anti-oppressive counselling for survivors who have experienced or are experiencing gender-based violence.

This three-semester, accelerated program is suitable for graduates with an existing diploma or degree and work/volunteer experience in feminist organization and programs, who are interested in working as a Counsellor/Advocate for survivors of gender-based violence. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you apply to the 2022/23 intake for this program, you will begin your studies in May 2023.   

Your Field Education Options

Field education plays an important role in this program by preparing students to work with those affected by gender-based violence, including the communities within which they live and work. This often includes those who identify as trans and non-binary, and other disenfranchised populations.

In the fall of the accelerated program, students in field placement will engage in front line services such as one-on-one survivor counselling, group facilitation, case management and advocacy. Placements begin in September and continue through to the end of April for approximately 400 hours. Students will often do this placement at emergency shelters, rape crisis centres, youth services, health providers and other agencies who provide front-line support to survivors of gender-based violence.

The agencies used by the program for field placements are very similar to those employing our graduates. In many instances, employers hire graduates because of contact and experience with them through the fieldwork placement. Most agencies are within Toronto, while some agencies, located in other communities such as Brampton, St. Catharines, London, Hamilton, Barrie, Pickering and Oshawa, provide students who live in those communities with placement opportunities.

Note: Some of our student placement partners require students in this program to have a vulnerable sector screening completed before their field placement in semesters 3 and 4 of the program. These screenings can take up to four months to be processed, 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 are in most cases 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 screening will be assisted to find a placement that meets their learning needs.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply a feminist analysis in all areas of their work in the field of violence against women and children.
  2. Provide ongoing supportive counselling.
  3. Provide individual advocacy and political advocacy services
  4. Facilitate groups for women and children.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of existing services for women.
  6. Cope with high stress work demands and develop strategies for personal survival on the job.
  7. Develop and deliver prevention programs.
  8. Organize fundraising and write applications and proposals for grants.
  9. Utilize the media and organize community response to violence against women and children.
  10. Become familiar with pertinent legislation and understand the process of formulating social policy.

Courses

Required Courses

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
WOMN 1068 Introduction to Feminist Counselling
WOMN 1069 Group Process 1
WOMN 1076 Child and Youth 1
WOMN 1077 Preparation for the Field
WOMN 1078 Critical Issues in Disability

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
WOMN 1074 Feminist Counselling & Advocacy
WOMN 1075 Group Process II
WOMN 1083 Child and Youth II
WOMN 2029 Feminist Political Action I
WOMN 2041 Field Placement II
WOMN 2042 Field Work Seminar II

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
COUN 2016 Survivors of Sexual Violence
WOMN 2032 Feminist Political Action II
WOMN 2041 Field Placement II
WOMN 2042 Field Work Seminar II
WOMN 2043 Group Process III
GNED General Education Elective

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Educational Pathways

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$3,622.00 * † ‡

International Tuition

16,771.00 ** † ‡

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2021. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2022 and at later dates.

** Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Spring 2023. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Spring 2024 and at later dates.

† The fees for the reference checks vary and are not included in the tuition. They are to be paid separately by the student.

‡May semester fees are approximately; $996.00 Domestic, $4,400.00 International. These fees are not included in the tuition above and are subject to change. They are to be paid separately.

International Students

Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information. 

Financial Assistance

The OSAP eligibility for this program has yet to be reviewed by the Ministry.

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Diploma or Bachelor's Degree – Applicants must have a diploma or degree related to the field of human services and social/community work, equity studies. Applicants who have not completed a relevant diploma or degree may also use paid or volunteer work experience with feminist organizations and programs to establish required equivalency (see documentation required below).

Required documents:

  • Official transcripts and proof of credential required.
  • Endorsement, resume, and references required by applicants who are applying based on a non-related credential and paid/unpaid work experience.
  • International documents must be evaluated by ICAS/WES.
  • Special portfolio that demonstrates equivalence in understanding and application of theory and knowledge in two areas: Feminisms and Social Justice Movements, and socio-economic and political Structures of Privilege and Oppression

All applicants to the AWCCA Accelerated Program are asked to complete a questionnaire and attend an information session. Contact awcca@georgebrown.ca to find out when information sessions are scheduled.

** Please note that successful completion of the 5-week program in May is required prior to entrance to the Fall semester.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information regarding country specific admission requirements.  

Special Requirements

Criminal Record Check Process 

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.

Students without a clear police reference check may find that their choice of placement is limited, but will be assisted to find a placement. Students in this situation are encouraged to work with the field education coordinator to identify placement opportunities that do not require the vulnerable sector check. Students are also encouraged to inquire and apply for Suppression and Destruction of Record or Record Suspension (formerly known Pardon) at their specific regional police services, in order to prepare for their future career or employment. For more information, please visit the Clinical Pre-placement website.

How to Apply

Domestic applicants should apply through Ontario Colleges.

International Students

Visit the How to Apply page for more information on how and when to apply. 

International students should apply through the George Brown College Online Application System.

Contact Us

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

Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program Coordinator

Anna Willats: 416-415-5000, ext. 3643

Email: awillats@georgebrown.ca

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

International Students

Contact one of our international recruitment representatives specializing by country of origin by either booking a virtual meeting or submitting an inquiry. For more information visit the International Contact Us page

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Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/ Advocate (AWCCA) Program
Accelerated
(C147)

2022-20232023-2024
  • Program Name:
    Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/ Advocate
  • Code: C147
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    5 weeks, 8 months (3 semesters) full-time
  • Centre:
  • School: Social & Community Services
  • Location: St. James Campus
  • Starting Months: May
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $3,622.00 * † ‡
  • Experiential Learning:

    Field Placement

  • Spring 2022 Delivery:
    Semester 2: Online

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Leadership Claims

Preparing graduates to work as Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocates for over 30 years.

This program is unique in Canada.

Program Overview

The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate (Accelerated) program provides students with a feminist, anti-racist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to gender-based violence. The program establishes a foundation for students to be agents for change in their work in community education, political action and law reform. It prepares students to provide anti-oppressive counselling and advocacy for self-identified women, children, trans and non-binary survivors who have experienced or are experiencing gender-based violence. 

This three-semester program is a condensed version of the two-year (C137) program. It is designed for applicants with an existing diploma or degree and/or equivalent work experience who are interested in accelerating their career as a Counsellor/Advocate for survivors of gender-based violence.

PLEASE NOTE: If you apply to the 2021/22 intake for this program, you will start in May 2022. To begin your studies in May 2023, apply to the 2022/23 academic year.  

 

Full Description

The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate (Accelerated) program provides students with a feminist, anti-racist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to gender-based violence experienced primarily by self-identified women, children, trans and non-binary survivors. The program provides a foundation for students to be agents for change in their work of community education, political action and law reform. It prepares students to provide anti-oppressive counselling for survivors who have experienced or are experiencing gender-based violence.

This three-semester, accelerated program is suitable for graduates with an existing diploma or degree and/or equivalent work experience who are interested in working as a Counsellor/Advocate for survivors of gender-based violence. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you apply to the 2021/22 intake for this program, you will start in May 2022. To begin your studies in May 2023, apply to the 2022/23 academic year. 

Your Field Education Options

Field education plays an important role in this program by preparing students to work with those affected by gender-based violence, including the communities within which they live and work. This often includes those who identify as trans and non-binary, and other disenfranchised populations.

In the fall of the accelerated program, students in field placement will engage in front line services such as one-on-one survivor counselling, group facilitation, case management and advocacy. Placements begin in September and continue through to the end of April for approximately 400 hours. Students will often do this placement at emergency shelters, rape crisis centres, youth services, health providers and other agencies who provide front-line support to survivors of gender-based violence.

The agencies used by the program for field placements are very similar to those employing our graduates. In many instances, employers hire graduates because of contact and experience with them through the fieldwork placement. Most agencies are within Toronto, while some agencies, located in other communities such as Brampton, St. Catharines, London, Hamilton, Barrie, Pickering and Oshawa, provide students who live in those communities with placement opportunities.

Note: Some of our student placement partners require students in this program to have a vulnerable sector screening completed before their field placement in semesters 3 and 4 of the program. These screenings can take up to four months to be processed, 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 are in most cases 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 screening will be assisted to find a placement that meets their learning needs.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply a feminist analysis in all areas of their work in the field of violence against women and children.
  2. Provide ongoing supportive counselling.
  3. Provide individual advocacy and political advocacy services
  4. Facilitate groups for women and children.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of existing services for women.
  6. Cope with high stress work demands and develop strategies for personal survival on the job.
  7. Develop and deliver prevention programs.
  8. Organize fundraising and write applications and proposals for grants.
  9. Utilize the media and organize community response to violence against women and children.
  10. Become familiar with pertinent legislation and understand the process of formulating social policy.

Courses

Required Courses

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
WOMN 1068 Introduction to Feminist Counselling
WOMN 1069 Group Process 1
WOMN 1076 Child and Youth 1
WOMN 1077 Preparation for the Field
WOMN 1078 Critical Issues in Disability

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
WOMN 1074 Feminist Counselling & Advocacy
WOMN 1075 Group Process II
WOMN 1083 Child and Youth II
WOMN 2029 Feminist Political Action I
WOMN 2041 Field Placement II
WOMN 2042 Field Work Seminar II

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
COUN 2016 Survivors of Sexual Violence
WOMN 2032 Feminist Political Action II
WOMN 2041 Field Placement II
WOMN 2042 Field Work Seminar II
WOMN 2043 Group Process III
GNED General Education Elective

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

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

Educational Pathways

Future Study Options

Graduates of the AWCCA program are also eligible to apply for advanced standing in degree programs such as:

Students can also apply to Women and Gender Studies, Environmental Sciences, Indigenous Studies and other programs at several universities such Toronto Metropolitan University, Athabasca University and University of Victoria.

Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition

$3,622.00 * † ‡

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2021. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2022 and at later dates.

† The fees for the reference checks vary and are not included in the tuition. They are to be paid separately by the student.

‡ May semester fees are not included in the amount above. 

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Diploma or Bachelor's Degree – Applicants must have a diploma or degree related to the field of human services and social/community work, equity studies, OR equivalent work experience (see documentation required below).

Required documents:

    • Official transcripts and proof of credential required.
    • Endorsement, resume, and references required by applicants who have not obtained a credential and are applying based on work experience only.
    • International documents must be evaluated by ICAS/WES.
    • Special portfolio that demonstrates equivalence in understanding and application of theory and knowledge in two areas: Feminisms and Social Justice Movements, and socio-economic and political Structures of Privilege and Oppression

All applicants to the AWCCA Accelerated Program are asked to complete a questionnaire and attend an information session. Contact awcca@georgebrown.ca to find out when information sessions are scheduled.

** Please note that successful completion of the 5-week program in May is required prior to entrance to the Fall semester.

Special Requirements

Criminal Record Check Process 

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.

Students without a clear police reference check may find that their choice of placement is limited, but will be assisted to find a placement. Students in this situation are encouraged to work with the field education coordinator to identify placement opportunities that do not require the vulnerable sector check. Students are also encouraged to inquire and apply for Suppression and Destruction of Record or Record Suspension (formerly known Pardon) at their specific regional police services, in order to prepare for their future career or employment. For more information, please visit the Clinical Pre-placement website.

How to Apply

Domestic applicants should apply through Ontario Colleges.

Contact Us

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

Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program Coordinator

Anna Willats: 416-415-5000, ext. 3643

Email: awillats@georgebrown.ca

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

Visit Our Campus

Book a campus tour or explore our virtual tour.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.