Child and Youth Worker


The Child and Youth Worker program at Algonquin College provides comprehensive student success initiatives, including a one-week program orientation, academic advising, academic coaching and peer mentoring.

ALSO AVAILABLE FULL-TIMEĀ ONLINE

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(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

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Ontario College Advanced Diploma
3 Years

Program Code: 0476X01FWO
Academic Year: 2013/2014


Our Program

This three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program prepares students to develop and implement a wide range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies to facilitate positive change in children, youth and their families. Using a concurrent delivery model, this unique program allows students to apply theoretical concepts of healthy development, therapeutic programming, child and youth work interventions and counselling in their field placement experiences. During the program, students complete four terms of field placement which is supported through coursework, tailor-made seminar classes and comprehensive onsite supervision.

Supplemented with additional knowledge in outdoor activity facilitation, group work and specific client populations, graduates are positioned to work in a wide variety of clinical, community and educational settings. Graduates may be employed as frontline child and youth counsellors, residential workers, educational assistants and community support workers.

Applicants with a university degree in the social sciences or a two-year college diploma in a human services program (such as Developmental Service Worker, Social Service Worker, or Early Childhood Education) may be admitted directly into the second year of the program (Level 03). To be considered for Direct Entry, applicants must also submit acceptable proof of at least 300 hours of documented paid or volunteer experience with children and/or youth in a recognized community agency.

This program is part of Algonquin's mobile learning initiative. All students entering into the program are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware requirements as designated by the program. Students in mobile learning programs will use their devices to enhance their learning experience, obtain and work with course materials, participate in collaborative and mlearning environments and become skilled, confident users of the technologies used within an educational environment and workplace. Hardware and software specifications are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Computers and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are compassionate and committed to making a difference in the lives of children, youth, families and the community.
  • Are capable of contributing as team members in a wide range of dynamic environments.
  • Are energetic, flexible, open-minded, creative and responsible.
  • Possess physical and psychological health to work in stressful and crisis situations and with challenges, such as addictions and mental health.
  • Have an interest in working with children and youth who face challenges, such as addictions mental health, abuse, trauma and learning exceptionalities.
  • Are committed to becoming skilled and effective communicators in both the written and spoken word.

Your Career

Graduates may secure employment in an ever increasing range of settings that promote optimal development of children, youth and their families. As part of an inter-professional team, child and youth workers are front-line professionals in residential care facilities, mental health treatment centres, shelters, school programs, therapeutic foster care environments, community-based services/resource centres and youth criminal justice services.

FUTURE STUDY OPTIONS:The program is an excellent foundation for future studies in psychology, sociology, child and youth care studies, social work and education.

Graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For specific articulation agreements please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/acad_menus/current/degrees_articulation_health.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ENL1813S Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
FAM0001 Understanding self and others is essential in promoting healthy interactions, and success in personal and professional relationships. Students investigate the key concepts associated with the study of psychology. Through discussion, in-class activities and learning materials, students develop an understanding in research methodologies and ethics, motivational theories, personality types, learning theories and developmental concepts. Principles of Psychology Understanding self and others is essential in promoting healthy interactions, and success in personal and professional relationships. Students investigate the key concepts associated with the study of psychology. Through discussion, in-class activities and learning materials, students develop an understanding in research methodologies and ethics, motivational theories, personality types, learning theories and developmental concepts. 45.0
FAM1054 Children, youth, families, and communities may require support from child and youth workers in order to lead healthy lives. Building on global and national issues, such as poverty, abuse, children's rights and the history of child and youth work, students learn to promote positive change by building relationships, using therapeutic techniques, and engaging with clients and agencies. The focus is on professional conduct, roles and responsibilities of child and youth workers, the strengths and needs of clients, and communities and personal self-awareness for becoming an effective child and youth worker.

Co-requisites: FAM1058
Introduction to Child and Youth Work Children, youth, families, and communities may require support from child and youth workers in order to lead healthy lives. Building on global and national issues, such as poverty, abuse, children's rights and the history of child and youth work, students learn to promote positive change by building relationships, using therapeutic techniques, and engaging with clients and agencies. The focus is on professional conduct, roles and responsibilities of child and youth workers, the strengths and needs of clients, and communities and personal self-awareness for becoming an effective child and youth worker.

Co-requisites: FAM1058
45.0
FAM1058 Students explore the professional role of the child and youth worker within the community. Through small group discussions, in-class exercises and agency visits, students develop basic skills in observation, documentation, facilitation and professional deportment. Course materials create opportunities for students to practise the skills required to be successful in future field placements.

Co-requisites: FAM1054
Field Preparation Seminar I Students explore the professional role of the child and youth worker within the community. Through small group discussions, in-class exercises and agency visits, students develop basic skills in observation, documentation, facilitation and professional deportment. Course materials create opportunities for students to practise the skills required to be successful in future field placements.

Co-requisites: FAM1054
30.0
FAM1258 With the increasing application of technology in our day-to-day lives, child and youth workers are required to utilize and be aware of the impact of this technology on their clients. Students experience hands-on learning in a computer lab where they learn to use basic office productivity software. Through discussion and online research, students explore the issues that technology brings to the child and youth work field. Students gain the skills to work in a computerized environment and use technology as a tool for being a successful student and child and youth worker. Technology Tools for Child and Youth Workers With the increasing application of technology in our day-to-day lives, child and youth workers are required to utilize and be aware of the impact of this technology on their clients. Students experience hands-on learning in a computer lab where they learn to use basic office productivity software. Through discussion and online research, students explore the issues that technology brings to the child and youth work field. Students gain the skills to work in a computerized environment and use technology as a tool for being a successful student and child and youth worker. 30.0
FAM1702 Through an examination of children and youth in contemporary society young people are viewed within a sociological framework. Focus is placed on societal institutions and their impact on young people. Youth culture and its relationship to society at large is explored. Children and Youth in Contemporary Society Through an examination of children and youth in contemporary society young people are viewed within a sociological framework. Focus is placed on societal institutions and their impact on young people. Youth culture and its relationship to society at large is explored. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ENL1902F Students develop skills in evaluation, recording and reporting and to use music, advertisements, books, films, and television to help clients come to an understanding of themselves and others. Discussion techniques and role-playing are used to promote communication about issues of importance to adolescents.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S
Professional Communication for Child and Youth Workers Students develop skills in evaluation, recording and reporting and to use music, advertisements, books, films, and television to help clients come to an understanding of themselves and others. Discussion techniques and role-playing are used to promote communication about issues of importance to adolescents.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S
45.0
FAM0011 Sexuality is an integral part of the lives of child and youth workers and the clients and families they serve. Students review basic information related to human sexuality and learn about the social, emotional and physiological aspects of sexuality which affect clients. Students explore their values and attitudes about sexuality and practise becoming comfortable discussing this important subject. Through the use of course material, and small group work, students learn to recognize and engage clients in discussions related to various sexual issues.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1058
Sexual Issues Sexuality is an integral part of the lives of child and youth workers and the clients and families they serve. Students review basic information related to human sexuality and learn about the social, emotional and physiological aspects of sexuality which affect clients. Students explore their values and attitudes about sexuality and practise becoming comfortable discussing this important subject. Through the use of course material, and small group work, students learn to recognize and engage clients in discussions related to various sexual issues.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1058
30.0
FAM1066 The student examines the phases of child development from the prenatal period to early adolescence. The importance of prevention and intervention in healthy development is explored by linking theory to child and youth work practice. Developmental stages, heredity, culture, and environmental influences are addressed with emphasis placed on the interdependency between the physical, cognitive and social-emotional milestones in childhood.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1058
Child Development The student examines the phases of child development from the prenatal period to early adolescence. The importance of prevention and intervention in healthy development is explored by linking theory to child and youth work practice. Developmental stages, heredity, culture, and environmental influences are addressed with emphasis placed on the interdependency between the physical, cognitive and social-emotional milestones in childhood.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1058
45.0
FAM1067 Children and youth rely on their care providers to meet their physical, emotional and psychological needs. Students investigate the legal principles and concepts surrounding children in need of protection. Through case studies, assessments and in-class learning activities, students develop the knowledge and skills to recognize risk factors and assist in developing basic plans of service that focus on risk reduction, safety and optimum development of children and families involved with the child welfare system. Discussions and course materials are aimed at ensuring students are comfortable with the Child and Family Services Act and accompanying regulations to enable them to work with children at risk.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1058
Children in Care and the Law Children and youth rely on their care providers to meet their physical, emotional and psychological needs. Students investigate the legal principles and concepts surrounding children in need of protection. Through case studies, assessments and in-class learning activities, students develop the knowledge and skills to recognize risk factors and assist in developing basic plans of service that focus on risk reduction, safety and optimum development of children and families involved with the child welfare system. Discussions and course materials are aimed at ensuring students are comfortable with the Child and Family Services Act and accompanying regulations to enable them to work with children at risk.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1058
45.0
FAM1255 Building on previous field preparation work, students acquire a deeper awareness of the role of the child and youth worker within a wide variety of settings. Through small group discussions, in-class exercises, and agency visits students further develop necessary skills in client engagement, therapeutic activities, advocacy and team work. Through a practical project that links students with a community agency, students plan and implement a program that benefits the agency with which they partner.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1058
Field Preparation Seminar II: Community Service Learning Building on previous field preparation work, students acquire a deeper awareness of the role of the child and youth worker within a wide variety of settings. Through small group discussions, in-class exercises, and agency visits students further develop necessary skills in client engagement, therapeutic activities, advocacy and team work. Through a practical project that links students with a community agency, students plan and implement a program that benefits the agency with which they partner.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1058
45.0
FAM1259 In a rapidly shrinking world understanding diversity is becoming increasingly important. Students explore concepts of diversity and inclusion as related to culture, race, religion and social class. Students develop an appreciation of historical and current groups immigrating to Canada's rich cultural mosaic, as well as their own ethnocentricity. Through course material, activities, and reflection students develop the knowledge and attitudes to succeed within today's global village.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1058
Diversity in Canadian Society In a rapidly shrinking world understanding diversity is becoming increasingly important. Students explore concepts of diversity and inclusion as related to culture, race, religion and social class. Students develop an appreciation of historical and current groups immigrating to Canada's rich cultural mosaic, as well as their own ethnocentricity. Through course material, activities, and reflection students develop the knowledge and attitudes to succeed within today's global village.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1058
45.0
Level: 03 Hours
FAM0013 Students examine the stages of adolescence. Theories and factors in healthy development including family, school, culture, community, peer relationships, self-concept and sexuality are all examined. Through research, in-class discussions, and learning activities students begin to identify pertinent issues affecting adolescent development from a child and youth work practice perspective.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702
Adolescent Development Students examine the stages of adolescence. Theories and factors in healthy development including family, school, culture, community, peer relationships, self-concept and sexuality are all examined. Through research, in-class discussions, and learning activities students begin to identify pertinent issues affecting adolescent development from a child and youth work practice perspective.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702
45.0
FAM1050 Therapeutic programming is one of the core elements in child and youth work practice. Students explore how people learn, how behaviour is modified, and basic behavioural and programming interventions. Students practise facilitating therapeutic activities. Discussions, course material and assignments are linked to the student's work in their field placement.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702

Co-requisites: FAM1068 and FAM1075
Programming I Therapeutic programming is one of the core elements in child and youth work practice. Students explore how people learn, how behaviour is modified, and basic behavioural and programming interventions. Students practise facilitating therapeutic activities. Discussions, course material and assignments are linked to the student's work in their field placement.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702

Co-requisites: FAM1068 and FAM1075
45.0
FAM1052 Vulnerable and at-risk youth are often involved in the justice system and child and youth workers come into contact with these youth in a variety of work settings. Students explore the multi-facetted profile of justice-involved youth, the court process and current legislation which governs legal sanctions. Course materials, discussion and case application, are aimed at ensuring students are familiar with best practices when intervening with justice-involved youth. Guest speakers provide a focus on agencies in Ottawa who serve this special population.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702
Youth in Conflict with the Law Vulnerable and at-risk youth are often involved in the justice system and child and youth workers come into contact with these youth in a variety of work settings. Students explore the multi-facetted profile of justice-involved youth, the court process and current legislation which governs legal sanctions. Course materials, discussion and case application, are aimed at ensuring students are familiar with best practices when intervening with justice-involved youth. Guest speakers provide a focus on agencies in Ottawa who serve this special population.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702
30.0
FAM1064 Children and youth in crisis require child and youth workers to intervene in a safe, proactive and effective manner. Students identify the stages in the model of crisis and corresponding intervention strategies. Role plays and physical intervention demonstrations are aimed at ensuring students are equipped to intervene safely with clients exhibiting behaviour management issues. Upon successful completion, students earn a certification in crisis intervention.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702
Child and Youth Work Intervention Children and youth in crisis require child and youth workers to intervene in a safe, proactive and effective manner. Students identify the stages in the model of crisis and corresponding intervention strategies. Role plays and physical intervention demonstrations are aimed at ensuring students are equipped to intervene safely with clients exhibiting behaviour management issues. Upon successful completion, students earn a certification in crisis intervention.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702
45.0
FAM1068 The integration of theory, field-related issues, and personal development is essential for students to formalize basic understanding of how our community, clients and professionals work together to affect positive change. Through goal planning, group discussion, and applied assignments in field placement, students learn to identify, practise, and adapt various clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner. This allows students to function effectively as an entry-level student in a child and youth work setting.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702

Co-requisites: FAM1050 and FAM1075
Field Integration Seminar I The integration of theory, field-related issues, and personal development is essential for students to formalize basic understanding of how our community, clients and professionals work together to affect positive change. Through goal planning, group discussion, and applied assignments in field placement, students learn to identify, practise, and adapt various clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner. This allows students to function effectively as an entry-level student in a child and youth work setting.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702

Co-requisites: FAM1050 and FAM1075
30.0
FAM1070 With the focus of promoting optimal social, emotional, and physical development, child and youth workers plan and implement outdoor recreational and therapeutic activities as a means to achieve goals, and encourage values related to healthy lifestyles and development. Students plan and participate in an active camping trip. Through this exercise, students develop knowledge and skills in basic camping tasks, outdoor therapeutic programming, team work and safety procedures. Demonstrations and skill practice sessions are aimed at exposing students to new activities, and ensuring their comfort in participating and leading youth in summer outdoor adventures.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702
Outdoor Activities I With the focus of promoting optimal social, emotional, and physical development, child and youth workers plan and implement outdoor recreational and therapeutic activities as a means to achieve goals, and encourage values related to healthy lifestyles and development. Students plan and participate in an active camping trip. Through this exercise, students develop knowledge and skills in basic camping tasks, outdoor therapeutic programming, team work and safety procedures. Demonstrations and skill practice sessions are aimed at exposing students to new activities, and ensuring their comfort in participating and leading youth in summer outdoor adventures.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702
30.0
FAM1075 Professional development of a child and youth worker begins with the integration of theory and practice. Students identify, practise, adapt, and incorporate theory, and skills of child and youth workers. Each field experience provides unique opportunities to develop clinical, organizational, and personal skills and understanding. Students learn the importance of building therapeutic relationships with children and youth, clear communication, use of basic interventions for behaviour, program development and self-awareness. With the collaborative efforts of the field faculty, the agency supervisor, and the student, each person develops the foundation for affecting positive change in clients and in themselves.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702

Co-requisites: FAM1050 and FAM1068
Field Practice I Professional development of a child and youth worker begins with the integration of theory and practice. Students identify, practise, adapt, and incorporate theory, and skills of child and youth workers. Each field experience provides unique opportunities to develop clinical, organizational, and personal skills and understanding. Students learn the importance of building therapeutic relationships with children and youth, clear communication, use of basic interventions for behaviour, program development and self-awareness. With the collaborative efforts of the field faculty, the agency supervisor, and the student, each person develops the foundation for affecting positive change in clients and in themselves.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1902F and FAM0001 and FAM0011 and FAM1054 and FAM1058 and FAM1066 and FAM1067 and FAM1255 and FAM1258 and FAM1259 and FAM1702

Co-requisites: FAM1050 and FAM1068
252.0
Level: 04 Hours
FAM1060 Focus is placed on understanding the connection between cognition and behaviour and the use of programming interventions. Students build on their knowledge and skills to develop individualized programs for children and youth and implement cognitive-behavioural activities. Discussions, course materials and assignments are aimed at ensuring students develop their role as a programmer.

Prerequisites: FAM0013 and FAM1050 and FAM1052 and FAM1064 and FAM1068 and FAM1070 and FAM1075

Co-requisites: FAM1078 and FAM1256
Programming II Focus is placed on understanding the connection between cognition and behaviour and the use of programming interventions. Students build on their knowledge and skills to develop individualized programs for children and youth and implement cognitive-behavioural activities. Discussions, course materials and assignments are aimed at ensuring students develop their role as a programmer.

Prerequisites: FAM0013 and FAM1050 and FAM1052 and FAM1064 and FAM1068 and FAM1070 and FAM1075

Co-requisites: FAM1078 and FAM1256
45.0
FAM1078 Professional development of child and youth workers continues with the extension of the learning opportunities that integrate theory and practice. Through goal planning, group discussion, and applied assignments in field placements, students learn to identify, practise, and adapt various clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner. The focus on intervention skills with clients, self-awareness, the professional role as a child and youth worker and a constructive team member sets the foundation of learning for intermediate child and youth worker student opportunities.

Prerequisites: FAM0013 and FAM1050 and FAM1052 and FAM1064 and FAM1068 and FAM1070 and FAM1075

Co-requisites: FAM1060 and FAM1256
Field Integration Seminar II Professional development of child and youth workers continues with the extension of the learning opportunities that integrate theory and practice. Through goal planning, group discussion, and applied assignments in field placements, students learn to identify, practise, and adapt various clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner. The focus on intervention skills with clients, self-awareness, the professional role as a child and youth worker and a constructive team member sets the foundation of learning for intermediate child and youth worker student opportunities.

Prerequisites: FAM0013 and FAM1050 and FAM1052 and FAM1064 and FAM1068 and FAM1070 and FAM1075

Co-requisites: FAM1060 and FAM1256
30.0
FAM1082 Child and youth workers (CYW) supporting children, youth, and families require professional communication and counselling skills. Students learn the essential theories and develop skills that are necessary for effective CYW counselling. The emphasis is on concepts that promote healthy development for clients in the various roles and agencies where CYWs work, such as schools, residential centres, clinical and community-based programs. The learning is incorporated through observations, self-reflections, role plays and linked to current issues presented in program courses.

Prerequisites: FAM0013 and FAM1050 and FAM1052 and FAM1064 and FAM1068 and FAM1070 and FAM1075
Counselling Theory and Practice Child and youth workers (CYW) supporting children, youth, and families require professional communication and counselling skills. Students learn the essential theories and develop skills that are necessary for effective CYW counselling. The emphasis is on concepts that promote healthy development for clients in the various roles and agencies where CYWs work, such as schools, residential centres, clinical and community-based programs. The learning is incorporated through observations, self-reflections, role plays and linked to current issues presented in program courses.

Prerequisites: FAM0013 and FAM1050 and FAM1052 and FAM1064 and FAM1068 and FAM1070 and FAM1075
45.0
FAM1097 Mental health challenges touch the lives of many. Students explore mental health disorders commonly diagnosed in today's children and youth. Specific emphasis is on etiology, symptom recognition and strategies to promote mental health. Students explore the legal guidelines surrounding the treatment of mental health issues, as well as their attitudes around stigma and mental health. Course materials, discussion, and audio-visual resources provide students with enhanced knowledge of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Young People and Mental Health Mental health challenges touch the lives of many. Students explore mental health disorders commonly diagnosed in today's children and youth. Specific emphasis is on etiology, symptom recognition and strategies to promote mental health. Students explore the legal guidelines surrounding the treatment of mental health issues, as well as their attitudes around stigma and mental health. Course materials, discussion, and audio-visual resources provide students with enhanced knowledge of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. 45.0
FAM1256 Professional development of a child and youth worker continues with the integration of theory and practice. Each field experience provides unique opportunities to develop clinical, organizational, and personal skills and understanding. The focus of this placement is the continuity in the same agency as Field Practice I, with the expectation to observe and relate therapeutically to clients in more complex situations, further develop understanding and skills of programs, and expansion of specific intervention techniques pertinent to the clients', and agencies' strengths and needs. At the end of this field placement students can identify their fundamental personal style as a child and youth worker.

Prerequisites: FAM0013 and FAM1050 and FAM1052 and FAM1064 and FAM1068 and FAM1070 and FAM1075

Co-requisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078
Field Practice II Professional development of a child and youth worker continues with the integration of theory and practice. Each field experience provides unique opportunities to develop clinical, organizational, and personal skills and understanding. The focus of this placement is the continuity in the same agency as Field Practice I, with the expectation to observe and relate therapeutically to clients in more complex situations, further develop understanding and skills of programs, and expansion of specific intervention techniques pertinent to the clients', and agencies' strengths and needs. At the end of this field placement students can identify their fundamental personal style as a child and youth worker.

Prerequisites: FAM0013 and FAM1050 and FAM1052 and FAM1064 and FAM1068 and FAM1070 and FAM1075

Co-requisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078
315.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0476 Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENL7643 or ENV0002 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI0003 or PSI1702 or RAD2001
General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENL7643 or ENV0002 or FIN2300 or GED1896 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5009 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI0003 or PSI1702 or RAD2001
45.0
Level: 05 Hours
FAM0033 Professional development of child and youth workers continues with the extension of the learning opportunities that integrate theory and practice. Through goal planning, group discussion, and applied assignments in the therapeutic field placements, students learn to identify, practise and adapt various clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner. The focus is on advanced client engagement, assessment of complex client strengths and needs, intervention skills with individual clients and groups, professional role as child and youth worker, and constructive team member which sets the foundation of learning for advanced child and youth worker student opportunities.

Prerequisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078 and FAM1082 and FAM1097 and FAM1256

Co-requisites: FAM1257
Field Integration Seminar III Professional development of child and youth workers continues with the extension of the learning opportunities that integrate theory and practice. Through goal planning, group discussion, and applied assignments in the therapeutic field placements, students learn to identify, practise and adapt various clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner. The focus is on advanced client engagement, assessment of complex client strengths and needs, intervention skills with individual clients and groups, professional role as child and youth worker, and constructive team member which sets the foundation of learning for advanced child and youth worker student opportunities.

Prerequisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078 and FAM1082 and FAM1097 and FAM1256

Co-requisites: FAM1257
30.0
FAM1062 The clients of child and youth workers frequently experience challenges in the area of addictions. Students gain basic knowledge regarding substance abuse, addiction and recovery. Students explore their values and attitudes about the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Special emphasis is placed on intervention strategies with youth. Guest speakers, course materials, and in-class activities are aimed at ensuring students gain insight, awareness, and the understanding necessary to interact positively with addicted clients and their families.

Prerequisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078 and FAM1082 and FAM1097 and FAM1256
Substance Abuse The clients of child and youth workers frequently experience challenges in the area of addictions. Students gain basic knowledge regarding substance abuse, addiction and recovery. Students explore their values and attitudes about the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Special emphasis is placed on intervention strategies with youth. Guest speakers, course materials, and in-class activities are aimed at ensuring students gain insight, awareness, and the understanding necessary to interact positively with addicted clients and their families.

Prerequisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078 and FAM1082 and FAM1097 and FAM1256
30.0
FAM1081 Working in a group milieu is a key component in child and youth work practice. Students explore the process of establishing groups and the facilitation and evaluation of group work in both formal and informal settings. Through participation in group presentations, self-reflection, and in-class group activities, students acquire the skills, and attitudes necessary to work with groups as a leader and in groups as an effective team member.

Prerequisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078 and FAM1082 and FAM1097 and FAM1256
Group Work Working in a group milieu is a key component in child and youth work practice. Students explore the process of establishing groups and the facilitation and evaluation of group work in both formal and informal settings. Through participation in group presentations, self-reflection, and in-class group activities, students acquire the skills, and attitudes necessary to work with groups as a leader and in groups as an effective team member.

Prerequisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078 and FAM1082 and FAM1097 and FAM1256
45.0
FAM1087 Children, youth, families, and communities are exposed, directly or indirectly, to various aspects of violence within our daily lives. Students develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to deal compassionately and effectively with the impact that violence and abuse may have on our clients. Insight into various forms of relational violence, family/partner violence, child abuse and bullying prepares students to develop the professional skills to work with those affected by violence. Learning activities incorporate intervention skills development, advocacy, and professional responsibilities for child and youth workers when dealing with issues of violence and abuse.

Prerequisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078 and FAM1082 and FAM1097 and FAM1256
Violence and Abuse Children, youth, families, and communities are exposed, directly or indirectly, to various aspects of violence within our daily lives. Students develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to deal compassionately and effectively with the impact that violence and abuse may have on our clients. Insight into various forms of relational violence, family/partner violence, child abuse and bullying prepares students to develop the professional skills to work with those affected by violence. Learning activities incorporate intervention skills development, advocacy, and professional responsibilities for child and youth workers when dealing with issues of violence and abuse.

Prerequisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078 and FAM1082 and FAM1097 and FAM1256
45.0
FAM1257 Professional development of a child and youth worker continues with the integration of theory and practice. Each therapeutic field experience provides unique opportunities to develop clinical, organizational, and personal skills and understanding. Focus is on the understanding of how community systems, professionals and clients work together to promote positive change. Students learn to select and apply advanced skills in therapeutic settings, develop client engagement skills and relate to clients in more complex situations, develop long-term programs and specific intervention techniques pertinent to the clients', and agencies' strengths and needs.

Prerequisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078 and FAM1082 and FAM1097 and FAM1256

Co-requisites: FAM0033
Field Practice III Professional development of a child and youth worker continues with the integration of theory and practice. Each therapeutic field experience provides unique opportunities to develop clinical, organizational, and personal skills and understanding. Focus is on the understanding of how community systems, professionals and clients work together to promote positive change. Students learn to select and apply advanced skills in therapeutic settings, develop client engagement skills and relate to clients in more complex situations, develop long-term programs and specific intervention techniques pertinent to the clients', and agencies' strengths and needs.

Prerequisites: FAM1060 and FAM1078 and FAM1082 and FAM1097 and FAM1256

Co-requisites: FAM0033
336.0
Level: 06 Hours
FAM0014 By their final term, students have identified topics in the field of child and youth work practice that they wish to explore in more detail. In this self-directed course, students plan, develop and write a group program manual which is grounded in current theory and research. Students engage in detailed research and are supported through individual meetings with the course instructor. A group program is produced by each student that is potentially marketable to the social services community.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257
Independent Research Project By their final term, students have identified topics in the field of child and youth work practice that they wish to explore in more detail. In this self-directed course, students plan, develop and write a group program manual which is grounded in current theory and research. Students engage in detailed research and are supported through individual meetings with the course instructor. A group program is produced by each student that is potentially marketable to the social services community.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257
30.0
FAM0042 Professional development of child and youth workers synthesizes all student learning opportunities. This is the final student experience in the community agencies that allows for students to identify, practise, adapt, and incorporate theory and skills of child and youth workers. Each therapeutic field experience provides unique opportunities to develop clinical, organizational, and personal skills at an employment-ready level. The focus is on the cumulative knowledge and professional skills, for client engagement, intervention skills and team skills that support the ecological perspective of the community. The outcome is a professional profile that uniquely reflects the students' readiness for frontline child and youth work.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257

Co-requisites: FAM0043
Field Practice IV Professional development of child and youth workers synthesizes all student learning opportunities. This is the final student experience in the community agencies that allows for students to identify, practise, adapt, and incorporate theory and skills of child and youth workers. Each therapeutic field experience provides unique opportunities to develop clinical, organizational, and personal skills at an employment-ready level. The focus is on the cumulative knowledge and professional skills, for client engagement, intervention skills and team skills that support the ecological perspective of the community. The outcome is a professional profile that uniquely reflects the students' readiness for frontline child and youth work.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257

Co-requisites: FAM0043
336.0
FAM0043 Professional development of child and youth workers incorporates all student learning opportunities through integration of theory and practice. This course is the sequential and final step of practical application for weaving knowledge and skills pertinent to the students' community placements. Through goal planning, group discussion, and applied assignments in therapeutic field placements, students learn to identify, practise, and adapt employment-ready clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner. The focus is on the cumulative knowledge and professional skills for client engagement, intervention skills and team skills that support the ecological perspective of the community. The outcome is a professional profile that uniquely reflects the students' readiness for frontline child and youth work.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257

Co-requisites: FAM0042
Field Integration Seminar IV Professional development of child and youth workers incorporates all student learning opportunities through integration of theory and practice. This course is the sequential and final step of practical application for weaving knowledge and skills pertinent to the students' community placements. Through goal planning, group discussion, and applied assignments in therapeutic field placements, students learn to identify, practise, and adapt employment-ready clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner. The focus is on the cumulative knowledge and professional skills for client engagement, intervention skills and team skills that support the ecological perspective of the community. The outcome is a professional profile that uniquely reflects the students' readiness for frontline child and youth work.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257

Co-requisites: FAM0042
30.0
FAM1089 Child and youth workers practise within agency and professional guidelines. Students develop the knowledge and skills to deal with ethical dilemmas and become job ready. Case studies, mock interviews, as well as the exploration of professional development activities in the community build a bridge between academics and securing employment in the field.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257
Professional Issues and Development Child and youth workers practise within agency and professional guidelines. Students develop the knowledge and skills to deal with ethical dilemmas and become job ready. Case studies, mock interviews, as well as the exploration of professional development activities in the community build a bridge between academics and securing employment in the field.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257
45.0
FAM1096 Families in need of community-based supports rely on teams of professionals for care. Students learn the essential concepts and skills for promoting strengths and optimal family functioning. Learning activities focus on self-reflection and personal family history, case analysis, CYW counselling skills and role as family co-worker with other professionals. The ecological perspective allows students to understand issues of diversity, cultural influences, parenting, stressors and the dynamic relationships between the systems that families are associated with. Attention is given to 'families as currently defined', professional parenting in therapeutic settings, teaching families to deal with mental health, trauma, loss, and developmental needs of children and youth.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257
Family Interventions Families in need of community-based supports rely on teams of professionals for care. Students learn the essential concepts and skills for promoting strengths and optimal family functioning. Learning activities focus on self-reflection and personal family history, case analysis, CYW counselling skills and role as family co-worker with other professionals. The ecological perspective allows students to understand issues of diversity, cultural influences, parenting, stressors and the dynamic relationships between the systems that families are associated with. Attention is given to 'families as currently defined', professional parenting in therapeutic settings, teaching families to deal with mental health, trauma, loss, and developmental needs of children and youth.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257
45.0
FAM1100 Changes in the seasons do not preclude the use of outdoor activities to promote healthy lifestyles through positive social, emotional, and physical development, but they do require more detailed planning and preparation for the activities. Students plan and participate in an active winter camping trip. Through this exercise, students develop knowledge and skills in modifying basic camping skills, outdoor therapeutic programming and safety procedures to adhere to winter conditions. Demonstrations and skill practice sessions are aimed at exposing students to new activities and ensuring their comfort in participating and leading youth in winter outdoor adventures.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257
Outdoor Activities II Changes in the seasons do not preclude the use of outdoor activities to promote healthy lifestyles through positive social, emotional, and physical development, but they do require more detailed planning and preparation for the activities. Students plan and participate in an active winter camping trip. Through this exercise, students develop knowledge and skills in modifying basic camping skills, outdoor therapeutic programming and safety procedures to adhere to winter conditions. Demonstrations and skill practice sessions are aimed at exposing students to new activities and ensuring their comfort in participating and leading youth in winter outdoor adventures.

Prerequisites: FAM0033 and FAM1062 and FAM1081 and FAM1087 and FAM1257
30.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,304.75 per term in Levels 01, 02, 03 and 04 and $1,298.51 per term in Levels 05 and 06.

Information Technology Fee: $62 per term. *

Mobile Computing Fee: $150 per term. **

Incidental Fees: $175 in Level 03 and $75 in Level 06.

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $210.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Health Service Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $117.02 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $25 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,600 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm

** The Mobile Computing Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services to students registered in a mandatory laptop programs.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Books and supplies cost approximately $1,000 in first year, $1,400 in second year and $550 in third year, and can be purchased in the campus bookstore.

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR

    General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR

    Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $40 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a minimum grade of 65% or higher.
  • Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22, Writing: 22

Eligibility for Direct Entry to Second Year:

  • University degree in Social Sciences or a two-year diploma in a Human Services program.
  • 300 hours of documented work or volunteer experience with children and youth in a recognized community agency.

Health Requirements: Applicants must provide evidence of full and complete immunizations. The Algonquin College Health Services will review the student's record of immunization and provide authorization for entry into field placement. Some field placement agencies may require the Hepatitis B vaccine and the Influenza vaccine. Note: Students who do not comply with the immunization requirements will not be allowed into field placement and as such may not be able to complete the placements required for graduation from the program.

The physical and emotional health of each applicant to the program must be such that he or she can successfully cope with the program of instruction including the demands of field placement. This includes an ability to cope with potentially challenging situations such as hostility, rejection and time demands. This requires the ability to use good judgement and reason when dealing with emotionally charged situations. Individuals who have concerns about their ability to meet these requirements should contact the coordinator of the CYW program prior to submitting an application.

Police Records Check Documentation: On the first day of classes in year two and three (level 03 and level 05), you must provide the College with a Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). If this documentation is not submitted on time, you will not be placed and your registration in the program will be jeopardized.

Successful completion of field placement is a requirement for graduation from the Child and Youth Worker program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities will require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate and will be asked to withdraw.

Field Placement Eligibility:

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the start of classes. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the Program Chair.

In year 2 and 3 (levels 03 and 05) students are required to submit prior to the first day of classes proof of standard First Aid and Level C CPR certification. Students must obtain this training and submit this documentation prior to being assigned a field placement.

Promotional Status:

All courses in Level 01 and Level 02 (Year 1) must be successfully completed before entering Level 03 (Year 2) of the program. In Level 03 to Level 06, students must pass all courses to be granted admission to the following level. Special consideration may be given to those who are unsuccessful in one course. If exceptions are granted based on extenuating circumstances, the students must pass the course in the spring or summer semester prior to returning to the following year of the program. Given the concurrent model of the program, students must be in field while completing course work.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca> A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

Students are required to have regular access to a computer with an Internet connection to enable successful completion of program courses. Classes for first year students run Monday through Friday. Second and third year classes take place on campus two days per week. Field placements occur off campus three days per week. All second year students are required to complete a school-based field placement. Third year placements are based on community capacity. Some field placements require the student to be available for an evening or weekend shift.

This program is also available through the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning on a full-time and part-time online basis - year one only. Successful students then transfer to year two on campus full-time.

ACADEMIC PROBATION Students who have two or more F grades in a given term or whose term grade point average falls below 1.7 are considered to be on academic probation (Directive AA14 Grading System). This requires the student to meet with their academic advisor or coordinator to sign a learning contract which identifies the conditions which must be met to continue in the program. Students who do not meet the terms of their learning contract will be withdrawn from the program.

For program information, contact the School of Health and Community Studies at 613-727-4723 ext. 7776.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time