Child and Youth Care (CYCP)
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 experiential lab courses, as well as two block fieldwork semesters, you'll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work with children, adolescents, and their families who are experiencing social, emotional, behavioural, and mental health issues in a variety of settings. These settings include mental health, residential care, correctional, community, educational, and child welfare agencies/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).
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, behavioural, and mental health 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 2 community placements throughout the program. 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
This program is offered in a compressed delivery format. Students will complete two academic years of 10 months each (September to late June).
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
Prior to commencing placement, all students must have current:
CPR/First Aid Certificate
Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check
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.
This program will be delivered in the following terms:
Fall Term Start
- Semester 1 Fall 2021
- Semester 2 Winter 2022
- Semester 3 Spring 2022
- Semester 4 Fall 2022
- Semester 5 Winter 2023
- Semester 6 Spring 2023
For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.
Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year
|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|
|PSY 1050||Introduction To Psychology I||3|
|One General Education Course. 1||3|
|CCW 1000||Therapeutic Play||4|
|CCW 1240||Counselling and Interviewing I||3|
|CCW 1250||Behaviour Management Skills||3|
|CCW 2431||Neglect & Abuse||3|
|CCW 1013||Field Placement Seminar I||1|
|PSY 1003||Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health & Addictions||3|
|CCW 1011||Field Placement I||15|
|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|
|CCW 1004||Advanced Field Theory||3|
|CCW 1012||Field Placement II||15|
|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|
For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.
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 $750. The cost of books and supplies will be less in the second year. Student membership in the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors ($40 annually) is highly recommended. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.
Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:
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.