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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

Through theoretical and practical learning experiences that emphasize communication and collaboration, you’ll develop the critical knowledge and skills required to be successful in working with hard-to-serve populations, people at risk for being in conflict with the law, offenders in the community, and inmates in our institutions.

From day one, in semester one, you’ll get hands-on experience at the Wendigo Lake Expeditions youth open custody facility, where you'll participate in hands-on activities designed to develop your team-building, facilitation, and leadership skills. You’ll also get a chance to tour correctional facilities and learn from numerous guest speakers currently employed in the field who will share their tips, stories, and an outstanding breadth of knowledge.

In the second year of the program, you’ll enhance your knowledge through simulations and scenario training. This concentrated focus on practical application will grow your skills in intervention, communication, security, and case management – skills that are required in the profession to ensure the care of clients, protection of the public, and successful rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.

The second year of the program caps off with a 10-week placement and then a final five weeks of specialized training related to non-violent crisis intervention, self-defense, suicide intervention, and interprofessional collaborative practices.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • 10-week placement (320 hours)

  • Immersive experience in the Achieve Program at Wendigo Lake concluding with a certification in facilitation

  • Tours of a youth centre, a federal minimum and medium security prison, a super jail, and a mental health centre in semester one (vulnerable sectors police clearance is required)

  • Hands-on training in safety and security, interviewing, observation, and reporting writing in the College’s scenario room that features three cells

  • Guest speakers from federal, provincial, and community justice services

  • Faculty with over 30 years of field experience in federal and provincial adult corrections and youth justice

  • Specialized training in emerging issues and certification for:

    • Self-defense training

    • Non-violent crisis intervention (NVCPI)

    • Suicide intervention (ASIST)

    • Mental Health First Aid

Fieldwork/Placement

This program includes a 10-week placement experience in the final semester where students are involved in an unpaid fieldwork experience for a minimum of 320 hours. Where possible, the location of placement will correspond to the student's preferred choice of vocation. Field placement is restricted to students who have successfully completed or are completing all required courses.

4D Learning Opportunities

Cambrian College Criminal Justice Association (CCCJA) – Students who are members of this association are involved in school and community events that help develop their résumés, gain leadership skills, and develop community contacts.

Additional Requirements

Graduates of Police Foundations Programs are eligible to complete the program in a compressed schedule using transferable credits. Students can successfully meet the requirements within one year while still gaining a placement experience of 270 hours. Please consult The Enrollment Centre for the exact tuition fees for this option as it can result in additional fees.

All students are required to produce a criminal records check for vulnerable sectors to attend institutional tours and participate in select volunteer experiences. It is strongly recommended that students obtain this prior to registration. An additional criminal reference check is required for fourth semester placement where some placements will require an enhanced criminal records check that may take between six to eight weeks. Placements may also require Standard First Aid, CPR Level C and/or proof of immunization.

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How to Apply

Law and Justice

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)

Recommended: 

  • Any law class

  • Computer competency in relevant software

Additional Requirements

Graduates of Police Foundations and Protection, Security and Investigations programs are eligible to complete the program in a compressed schedule using transferable credits. Students can successfully meet the requirements within one year while still gaining a placement experience of 280 hours. It is recommended you consult the Program Coordinator before applying to confirm the courses for this specialized stream of study.  Additional tuition fees may apply.

All students are required to produce a criminal records check for vulnerable sectors to attend institutional tours and participate in select volunteer experiences. It is strongly recommended that students obtain this prior to registration. An additional criminal reference check is required for fourth semester placement where some placements will require an enhanced criminal records check that may take between six to eight weeks. Placements may also require Standard First Aid, CPR Level C and/or proof of immunization.

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Program Delivery

2019-2020

This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. Semester 1  Fall 2019
  2. Semester 2  Winter 2020
  3. Semester 3  Fall 2020
  4. Semester 4  Winter 2021

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CWP 1210 Penology 3
CWP 2310 Community Corrections 3
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
LAW 1010 Canadian Criminal Justice 3
FIT 1510  
PSY 1050 Introduction To Psychology I 3
The following General Education course: 3
Introduction to Indigenous Studies  
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Negotiation & Labour Relations  
Dementia  
Positive Psychology  
Intro to Powwow Culture  
Human Sexuality  
 Credits21
Semester 2
CWP 1211 Law For Correctional Workers 3
CWP 1006 Youth Justice 3
ENG 1126 Commun. Skills/Justice Students I 3
PSY 1106 Interpersonal & Tactical Response 3
SOC 1205 Social Issues/Social Welfare in CA 3
CWP 2345  
SOC 1210 Introduction To Criminology 3
CWP 1012  
 Credits18
Semester 3
CWP 1010 Field Seminar I 3
CWP 2340 Interviewing, Counseling, & Case Management 3
CWP 2350 Safety & Security 3
CWP 2450 Observation and Report Writing 3
PSY 1003 Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions 3
CWP 2311 Program Assessment & Planning 3
CWP 1007 Inclusive Practices I 2
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Truth and Reconciliation  
Human Sexuality  
Positive Psychology  
Dementia  
Negotiation & Labour Relations  
 Credits23
Semester 4
CWP 1005 Field Placement Seminar II 8
CWP 1011 Field Placement 7
 Credits15
 Total Credits77

Fees

Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,100. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in:

  • Federal and provincial correctional institutions

  • Open and secure custody settings for youth

  • Residences for adult offenders (halfway houses, treatment centres) 

  • Residences for youth who are in conflict with the law (group homes)

  • Federal and provincial government ministries – Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Corrections Services Canada, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services

  • Private and non-profit community organizations

Graduates may also work with people who are at risk of being in conflict with the law and in community-based justice services and/or victim-oriented programs.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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