Learn to work with children and youth who exhibit social, emotional and behavioral problems that may be associated with mental health and cognitive issues, socioeconomic factors, trauma and abuse, and involvement with the justice system. Child and Youth Care practitioners engage with at-risk children, youth and their families as they navigate these challenges and build on strengths and capacities to facilitate positive changes. Students explore, practice, and implement a variety of evidence-informed therapeutic prevention and intervention strategies that are based on a foundational understanding of risk and resiliency, the ecological perspective, relational practice, human development, family systems, cultural diversity and exceptionalities. To enhance learner experience, we emphasize experiential interactive learning, community service and social entrepreneurship.
Accelerated delivery option
We also offer an accelerated delivery format for this program:
- complete the program in 16 consecutive months
- studies begin in September, with graduation projected for December of the following academic year
- apply if you have previous postsecondary education - such as a degree or diploma - from an accredited university or college in the areas of human services, education, interdisciplinary studies, social sciences, psychology or sociology
NOTE: Use the major CYAC when applying to the accelerated program through OCAS.
OSSD or equivalent with
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
Applicants with previous postsecondary education such as a degree or diploma from an accredited university or college in the area of Human Services, Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Sciences, Psychology or Sociology can apply to our accelerated delivery which can be completed in 16 consecutive months - studies begin in September, with graduation projected for December of the following academic year.
NOTE: Applicants applying to the accelerated program through OCAS use the major CYAC.
You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:
Secondary school applicants:
- OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)
Keyboarding ability, basic computer literacy and word processing skills are also recommended.
Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):
- Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College
- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Human Service Foundation, General Arts and Science*
- Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications
- Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
- English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities
Home school applicants:
- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*
* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.
Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.
NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.
View the Child and Youth Care articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.
- CYWK1001 Child Development
- CYWK1005 Adolescent Development and Intervention Strategies
- CYWK1007 Introduction to Child and Youth Care
- CYWK1009 Therapeutic Programming and Activities
- CYWK2001 Ethics and Professionalism in CYW
- CYWK2002 Social Welfare, Community and Social Services
- CYWK2003 Case Management
- CYWK2004 Diversity and Multiculturalism
- CYWK2006 Family Systems and Interventions
- CYWK2009 Sex, Drugs, and Youth Culture
- CYWK2010 Mental Health Issues and Intervention
- CYWK3011 Mental Health and Medications in CYW
- CYWK3017 Field Placement Seminar 3
- CYWK3018 Field Placement Seminar 4
- CYWK1014 Interactive Lab 1 – Relational Practice
- CYWK2020 Field Placement Seminar 1
- CYWK2021 Group Facilitation Theory and Techniques
- CYWK2022 Crisis Intervention in CYC
- CYWK2023 Field Placement Seminar 2
- CYWK3023 Advocacy in CYC
- CYWK3024 Trauma and Abuse
- CYWK3025 Holistic Health and Wellness
- HUMN1007 Information Resources for the Human Services
- HUMN1008 Success in Human Services and Beyond
- HUMN2004 Interpersonal Skills
- CYWK3027 Behaviour Interventions
- ENTR1004 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
Communications CoursesTo be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
- CYWK2012 Field Placement: Educational Setting 1
- CYWK2015 Field Placement: Educational Setting 2
- CYWK3012 Field Placement: Agency/Residential/Unique 1
- CYWK3026 Field Placement 4 – Agency/Community