This program is unique in Canada.

The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program provides students with a feminist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to gender-based violence experienced primarily by self-identified 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 anti-oppressive counselling and advocacy for self-identified women, children, trans and non binary survivors who have experienced or are experiencing gender-based violence.

Overview

Program name
Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate
Code
R107
Location
Experiential learning
Field Placement
Duration
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study
FT

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Open
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A

Full Description

The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program provides students with a feminist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to gender-based violence experienced primarily by 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 anti-oppressive counselling and advocacy for women, children, trans and non binary survivors who have experienced or are experiencing gender-based violence.

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.

Experiential Learning

Field Placement

Your Field Study options

Field education plays an important role in this program by preparing students to work with those affected by gender-based violence including not only those directly impacted, but the communities within which they live and work. This often includes those who identify as trans and non-binary, and other disenfranchised populations.

In year one, students will spend 250 hours with a non-profit community partner (Mondays and Tuesdays, January – April) and will typically engage in introductory activities, such as shadowing staff, conducting outreach, fundraising and special events, and learning about how programs and services are developed. First year placements vary and can include sites that focus on public education, food banks, drop-ins and political action work, but are generally not frontline positions.

In second year, students will build on that experience by engaging in more direct 1-to-1 survivor counselling, group facilitation, case management, and advocacy. Placements begin in September and continue through to the end of April for a minimum of 500 hours. Students will often do this placement at emergency shelters, rape crisis centres, youth services, health providers and other agencies who provide frontline support.

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. Catherines, London, Hamilton, Barrie, Pickering and Oshawa, provide students who live in those communities with placement opportunities.

Program Standards and 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.

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
GSSC1107Introduction to Feminism and Social Justice Movements
COUN1020Introduction to Feminist Counselling
COUN1014Group Process I
COMM1007College English
PSY1054Child and Youth Development
WOMN1034Gender, Race and Class: The Structure of Privilege and Oppression
WOMN1035Integrative Seminar I
WOMN1048Digital Technology for Classroom and Community

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
COUN1011Gender Based Violence I
COUN1026Child Witness
COMM1034Professional Communications I
GSSC1023Psychology of Women
WOMN1014Fieldwork Seminar I
WOMN1037Integrative Seminar II
WOMN1016Field Placement I
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
COUN2014Survivors of Sexual Violence I
COUN1013Working with Abused Women II
WOMN2029Feminist Political Action and Community Development I
COUN2015Group Process II
WOMN2017Fieldwork Seminar II
WOMN2026Field Placement II
WOMN2030Integrative Seminar III

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
COUN2013Children Experiencing Violence
COUN2016Survivors of Sexual Violence II
WOMN2032Feminist Political Action and Community Development II
COUN2017Group Process III
WOMN2022Fieldwork Seminar III
WOMN2034Field Placement III
WOMN2033Integrative Seminar IV
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

Your Career

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.

Future Study Options

Graduates are eligible to apply for advanced standing in degree programs at York University in Toronto; Thompson Rivers University in B.C.; Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C.; Athabasca University (online); and 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 georgebrown.ca/transferguide/.

Tuition

$3,902.00 *

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 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Questionnaire
  • Online, recorded video interview

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit 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

Bridging

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/R107/direct-entry-to-second-year/

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Success Stories

Stacey Johnson (Graduate 2008, Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor Advocate)

Lindsay McAllister Headshot

"Prior to discovering the AWCCA program, I knew that I wanted to gain more hands-on experience working with women and as a counsellor. I was excited to learn it was based in feminist analysis with an Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression lens. I learned so much about myself, my own privilege and oppression as well as how I can be an ally. I am now working the job of my dreams, managing a culturally sensitive women’s shelter for Indigenous and all women in Northern Ontario. From that perspective, I can also say that I look for women who have graduated from this program to work in the field of ending violence against women, over others who graduated from the SSW program. Courses like Survivors of Sexual Violence, Feminist Counselling, Working with Abused Women and Child Witness really set this program apart from others designed to lead to work in this field. The experience I gained via my student placements made me employable straight out of school. This course literally changed my life, personally and professionally; I know it will do the same for future graduates.”

Lindsay McAllister, Residential Program Manager, H.E.R. Place - Timmins and Area Women in Crisis

“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. (Graduate, Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate); AWCCA Crisis Intervention Counsellor, Halton Women's Place

Contact Us

Call the Assaulted Women’s and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program office at 416-415-5000, ext. 2323 or 6834 or email awcca@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.

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