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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

Graduate from Cambrian's Child and Youth Care program in two years. Our nationally-accredited program offers a condensed delivery format and provides you with the knowledge and placement experiences you need to launch your career.

Through theory and lab courses and two block fieldwork semesters, you'll gain the knowledge and skills to work with children, adolescents, and their families who are experiencing emotional, behavioural, and mental health issues in a variety of settings. These setting include mental health, correctional, educational, and child welfare agencies and services.

Courses emphasize the acquisition of evidence-based theories and interventions, ensuring you can effectively facilitate positive change for children, youth, and their families.

Shift work, which includes nights, days, afternoons, and weekends, is a reality in many child and youth care settings (e.g. residential care), and students are required to follow the work schedules and routines of their fieldwork placements.


Cambrian's Child and Youth Care program is nationally-accredited by the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board (CYCEAB).

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 6 consecutive semesters

  • 2 block placements (12 weeks each)

  • The first program to be nationally accredited by the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board (CYCEAB)

  • Condensed program with a combination of modular delivery and traditional classroom learning

  • Theory, labs, and fieldwork prepare you to deal with complex social, emotional, mental, and physical issues faced by children/adolescents and their families

  • Opportunities to earn additional certificates as part of existing course content


Students who meet the requirements, will have the opportunity to complete a community placement.  Students will be responsible for any expenses incurred related to placement, such as Paramed consultation, transportation, meals and accommodations.

Agencies will require students to have additional medical and non-medical documents prior to the completion of any community based placement.  Paramed will be responsible for the coordination of the required documentation in consultation with the students.

Required documentation includes:

  • Criminal Records Check - Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Health documentation (up-to-date immunization, Two-step TB test, freedom for communicable disease)
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Field certifications - Bill 18 requirements

Delivery Format

This program is offered in a compressed delivery format. Students will complete two academic years of 10 months each (September to late June).

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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) or (U)


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Additional Requirements

Prior to commencing placement, all students must have current:

  • CPR/First Aid Certificate

  • Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check 

Additional Information

Advanced standing may be granted on an individual basis to a limited number of students, based on prior credentials and prior learning in the field. 


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. Semester 1 Fall 2020
  2. Semester 2 Winter 2021
  3. Semester 3 Spring 2021
  4. Semester 4 Fall 2021
  5. Semester 5 Winter 2022
  6. Semester 6 Spring 2022

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
CCW 1040 Group Process & Pers. Devel. 3
CCW 1110 Fundamentals of Child & Youth Care 3
CCW 1121 Child and Adolescent Development 4
CCW 1221 Intro to Mental Health Care 3
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 2
CCW 1000 Therapeutic Play 4
CCW 1240 Counselling And Interviewing I 3
CCW 1245 Field Placement Seminar I 1
CCW 1250 Behaviour Management Skills 3
CCW 2431 Neglect & Abuse 3
PSY 1003 Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions 3
Semester 3
CCW 1001 Field Placement I 15
CCW 1002 Field Theory I 3
Semester 4
CCW 1006 Behaviour Programming 3
CCW 1225 Child Law and Legislation 3
CCW 3520 Family Intervention 3
CCW 1009 Field Placement Seminar II 1
ENG 1242 Speaking/Writing Comm. Services I 3
Two General Education courses. 1 6
Semester 5
CCW 1003 Field Placement II 15
CCW 1004 Field Theory II 3
Semester 6
CCW 1007 Academic Success Strategies 3
CCW 1010 Rights and Advocacy 3
CCW 1008 Health Care in CYC Practice 3
CCW 3040 Counselling And Interviewing II 3
CCW 3500 Program Development Skills 4
 Total Credits107


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 $1,200. The cost of books and supplies will be less in the second year. Student membership in the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors ($32 annually) is highly recommended. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Community agencies

  • Schools

  • Youth detention facilities

  • Children's Aid Societies

  • Mental health services

  • Residential care and treatment settings

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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