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

PROGRAM
Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate
CODE
R107
SCHOOL
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
2 years (4 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September
CREDENTIAL
Ontario College Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
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.

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 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.

Field Education 

Field Placement

Your Field Education Options 

Fieldwork is a major component of the program. Students may be eligible to do part of their fieldwork in international placements.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
GSSC1107 Introduction to Feminism and Social Justice Movements
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

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

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
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

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
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
GNED General Education Elective

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, 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 and Fees

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.

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.

  • 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  

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

Student Success

Success Stories  

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

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

Contact Us  

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