Child and Youth Care
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General information

Program code
6 Semesters (3 Years (CYCA), 2 Years (CYAC))
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Work integrated learning
4 Field Placements
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Orillia
Winter 2020 Orillia

Program description

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.

Career opportunities

Child and Youth Care practitioners engage and work with children, youth and their families across a wide variety of settings including:

  • public and private schools
  • group homes
  • residential centres
  • foster care agencies
  • day and residential treatment programs
  • youth detention centres
  • community-based child and youth development programs
  • early intervention programs
  • recreational programs
  • psychiatric centres
  • rehabilitation programs
  • pediatric health care centres within hospitals
  • home-based care, respite and treatment
  • private practice

Admission information

Admission requirements

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 use the major CYAC.

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference / Vulnerable Sector Check

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.

Admission details

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record with a two-step TB test, Standard First Aid, CPR level C or HCP certification, and proof of completion of the Ontario Ministry of Labour Health and Safety Awareness training before proceeding on field placement. It is recommended that First Aid training is completed prior to program entry. Health and Safety Awareness training can be completed online at


Mandatory courses

  • CYWK 1014 - Interactive Lab 1 – Relational Practice
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 2021 - Group Facilitation Theory and Techniques
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 2022 - Crisis Intervention in CYC
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 2023 - Field Placement Seminar 2
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 3024 - Trauma and Abuse
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 3025 - Holistic Health and Wellness
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 1005 - Adolescent Development
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 1009 - Therapeutic Programming and Activities
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 2001 - Ethics and Professionalism in CYC
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 3018 - Preparing for Your Career
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 2003 - Case Management
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 3011 - Mental Health and Medications in CYC
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 3017 - Field Placement Seminar 3
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • CYWK 3023 - Advocacy in CYC
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • ENTR 1004 - Social Entrepreneurship
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

  • Program Courses
    (Semester 1)
  • CYWK 1001 - Child Development
    (Semester 1)
  • CYWK 1007 - Introduction to Child and Youth Care
    (Semester 1)
  • CYWK 2006 - Family Systems and Interventions
    (Semester 1)
  • CYWK 2009 - Sex, Drugs, and Youth Culture
    (Semester 1)
  • CYWK 2010 - Mental Health Issues and Interventions
    (Semester 1)
  • CYWK 3027 - Behaviour Interventions
    (Semester 1)

  • CYWK 2015 - Field Placement 2 ~ Education/Community
    (Semester 4)
  • CYWK 3026 - Field Placement 4 – Agency/Community
    (Semester 5)
  • CYWK 3012 - Field Placement 3 ~ Agency/Community
    (Semester 6)