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Child and Youth Care

Specialize in the development and implementation of therapeutic programs for children and youth.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

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Overview

As a Child and Youth Care Practitioner, you help design recreational, therapeutic and social programs for children and youth impacted by developmental trauma. Often, as part of a team, you develop and deliver therapeutic programs and interventions that lead to positive change in young people (age 6 to 25 years old) who emotionally and physically act out.

You must bring a high level of respect for children and youth to your study and be committed to helping them see their strengths and develop to their full potential.

Child and Youth Care Practitioners engage with children, youth and their families, often in 24/7 environments, assisting them in developing capacities to build their resilience and relationship skills.

Work experience

  • You will be interviewed with a placement agency as a pre-placement screening process.
  • You participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. You're not guaranteed placements of your choice.
  • Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Choose NSCC

  • To work in this area, you must have a diploma from a recognized child and youth care program or an undergraduate degree in human services. NSCC's Child and Youth Care program meets this standard.
  • Graduates of this program are eligible to become Certified Child and Youth Care practitioners and members of the Nova Scotia Child and Youth Care Workers' Association.
  • Learn from faculty who bring real-world experience to the classroom; every instructor has practised in the field.
  • Experience hands-on, practical learning, where you apply your skills and knowledge to real projects and work experiences.
  • Small class sizes enable you to be very involved in your learning and make the most of your class time.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • Shift work is an integral part of this occupation. Physical demands include 12-hour shifts in a 24-hour work environment, as well as spending long periods actively engaged with young people, participating and facilitating recreation and therapeutic programming.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills will be emphasized throughout your work placement and employment experiences.
  • A valid Class 5 driver's licence is required for employment.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Waitlist
Truro Campus Truro Full time In-class Waitlist

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check, a Vulnerable Sector check and a Child Abuse Register search are required to complete work placements. A conviction or finding in Family Court may impact your ability to obtain a work placement. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
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  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Graduates may find work in therapeutic treatment centres, hospitals, schools and programs for troubled children and youth throughout Nova Scotia
  • Graduates may find and some work, on contract, with child welfare agencies.
  • Graduates may also find employment within school-based Child and Youth Care positions, or employment in a variety of community organizations across Canada.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

CYCP 1001 - Introduction to Psychology for Child and Youth Care Practice
This survey course focuses on human behaviour and learning. Domains of inquiry will be examined to understand various theoretical perspectives, the process of research, and how these relate to learning and behaviour.

CYCP 1003 - Child and Youth Care Practice Milieu I
This course is designed to provide a forum for experiential and theoretical learning on contemporary Child and Youth Care issues, as they affect the practice of Child and Youth Care. It may include various types of activities, presentations, seminars and field trips to enable exploration of Child and Youth Care in the Nova Scotia context. In this course learners will have the opportunity to explore the multitude of Child and Youth Care practice environments.

CYCP 1005 - Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners I
Effective written communication skills are a necessary component for success in the Child and Youth Care environment where transparency, accountability and integrity are core values connected to providing service for children and youth.

CYCP 1008 - Introduction to Child and Youth Care Professional Practice
This course introduces the learner to the concept of self as one of the critical components of being a Child and Youth Care worker. The course allows the learner to examine and understand how their personal knowledge and skills are relevant, how the knowledge of self will be integrated into what the learner already knows, and how the skills for knowing and changing self will be evidenced in their relational Child and Youth Care practice. The service learning component of this course gives the learners an opportunity to experience various Child and Youth Care contexts while applying their learning in a practitioner context. This course is not eligible for supplemental exams or assignments.

CYCP 1012 - Teamwork for Relational Child and Youth Care Practice
This course introduces learners to the importance of how our interpersonal relationships and communication practices can influence in a teamwork environment. Interpersonal communication concepts teamwork concepts will be introduced theoretically and opportunity for practice in a lab/classroom setting will be provided.

CYCP 1013 - Child and Youth Care Practice Milieu II
This course is designed to provide a forum for experiential and theoretical learning on contemporary Child and Youth Care issues, as they affect the practice of Child and Youth Care. It may include various types of activities, presentations, seminars and field trips to enable exploration of Child and Youth Care in the Nova Scotia context. In this course learners will have the opportunity to explore the multitude of Child and Youth Care practice environments.

CYCP 1015 - Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners II
This course provides learners with the opportunity to apply skills developed in Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners I. Applications include preparing documents that serve as records in the Child and Youth Care field, collecting and clearly presenting information specific to the needs of an audience, and composing documents for employment that are accurate and appealing. In addition to standard written and electronic communication formats, the uses of Facebook, emailing, twittering, blogging and texting written communication are necessary components for Child and Youth Care practitioners.

CYCP 1018 - Introduction to Today’s Society within Child and Youth Care Practice
This course focuses on the major sociological concepts and theoretical perspectives relevant to Child and Youth Care practice. An examination of children and youth in contemporary society, young people are viewed within a sociological framework. The relationship of youth culture and society at large is explored.

CYCP 1019 - Child and Youth Care Professional Development
Presenting as a professional Child and Youth Care practitioner is demanding and often challenging in a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary context. This course will offer learners the opportunity to explore elements of professional presentation including employability skills outlined by the Conference Board of Canada. This course will offer learners the opportunity to begin development of professional competencies as outlined by the Child and Youth Care Certification Board. Learners will also use the professional codes of ethics to develop strategies for problem solving dilemmas which can arise in their field.

CYCP 1020 - Child and Youth Care Relational Communication II
This course provides the framework for the relational application and practice of basic counselling skills within a Child and Youth Care context. This course is not eligible for supplemental exams or assignments.

CYCP 1050 - Child and Youth Care Work Experience Orientation
This introduction to a Child and Youth Care work environment through a placement opportunity. Learners will have the opportunity to shadow a Child and Youth Care practitioner through the routines of their day which may include shift work (24 hour availability / weekends).

CYCP 1055 - Child and Youth Care Workshop Seminar
This seminar course involves external certifications that are necessary for employment in the Child and Youth Care field. The delivery of these certifications will also serve as context for debriefing Work Experience Orientation.

CYCP 2000 - Child and Youth Care Methodology I
This course is designed to develop the learner’s intellectual skills, specifically the scientific and critical rigor necessary for working with youth and/or families who are or were in care or who have been identified as at risk of being in care. The consequences of intervention and professional issues as they relate to children at risk or in care will also be examined.

CYCP 2004 - Group Facilitation for Child and Youth Care Practice
This course will encourage the learner to reflect upon and integrate experiential learning from their field placements to date as a means of developing their own professional practice model. Learners will develop group work practices appropriate for Child and Youth Care practitioners functioning on a multidisciplinary team.

CYCP 2006 - Developmental Psychology for Child and Youth Care Practice
This course focuses on typical growth and development patterns of individuals from conception, through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. The emphasis is on the physical, cognitive, emotional and social aspects of this development.

CYCP 2011 - Child and Youth Care Interventions and Applied Relational Communications I
This practice course offers learners the opportunity to integrate the various practice theories covered to date in the Child and Youth Care program into the learner’s practice including the use of characteristics of a Child and Youth Care approach as a therapeutic framework to support families and youth to live differently in their context. Learners will explore, in depth, the process of establishing goals with young people and families within an integrated case management approach to support change as well as the process of Child and Youth Care intervention in application. This course must be taken with CYCP 2018 because learners will also be required to demonstrate their understanding of action / consequence within their relational engagement with faculty. This course is not eligible for supplemental exams or assignments.

CYCP 2015 - Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners III
Effective written and presentation skills are necessary for success as a Child and Youth Care worker. Most work must be documented in logs, observations must be clearly recorded, and for legal liability reasons it is paramount that incident reports communicate specifically what happened in an unambiguous manner. This course is designed to build on the learner's already existing skills and develop competence.

CYCP 2017 - Child and Youth Care Practitioner Identity Development
In this course learners will prepare an individually designed presentation that represents their journey as a Child and Youth Care learner. Learners will debrief on the material covered and discuss, analyze, and consolidate experiences with a view to documenting their learning journey through the portfolio process. This course is not eligible for supplemental exams or assignments.

CYCP 2020 - Child and Youth Care Applied Relational Communication II
This practical course incorporates Work Experience Residential, Work Experience Community and Applied Relational Communications I to assist the learner in reaching a higher developmental level of skills in observation, interviewing, and assessment. The focus is on the therapeutic milieu, residential treatment, conflict resolution, and child management approaches. This course is not eligible for supplemental exams or assignments.

CYCP 2025 - Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners IV
Using forms and processes encountered during placements, learners will build on existing writing skills. Learners will demonstrate competence and best practices consistent with expectations within the Child and Youth Care field.

CYCP 2026 - Family Systems – A Child and Youth Care Perspective
This independent study course is designed to utilize family system theories and approaches in challenging learners to critically examine a variety of social problems and life situations that impact on children, youth and families. Learners will utilize their independent research to offer recommendations for change within a Child and Youth Care framework. The learner will have the opportunity to work independently, in small groups and in consultation with the instructor.

CYCP 2050 - Child and Youth Care Work Experience I
This course provides learners with a beginning practice experience in a Child and Youth Care practice environment. Learners will become familiar with agency policies, program, and staff. They will learn agency norms, observe work carried out by staff and begin to do some work on their own. Learners will develop a personal learning contract by the conclusion of this course to support their continued learning about Child and Youth Care practice. Learners must complete placement in a both a community and a residential practice milieu prior to completing CYCP 3050 (Child and Youth Care Internship II).

CYCP 2055 - Child and Youth Care Internship I
This course is designed primarily as the work phase where learning and evaluation is done. Students will demonstrate observation, assessment, and program planning and evaluation of therapeutic and activity programming within the context of therapeutic relationship with children and youth who have complex needs and are experiencing difficulties in their life. The focus of this first phase of internship is on the development of helping relationships and a focus on group/team dynamics, intervention with young people and therapeutic and activity program development. Internship occurs in residential, community-based treatment programs. Learners are expected to perform a significant role within their placement organizations. Prior to the termination of this internship, learners will participate in a joint supervision session with their field supervisor and instructor to critically examine their internship and to discuss how learners may use their experiences in continuing in their learning in Child and Youth Care Internship II.

CYCP 2065 - Child and Youth Care Work Experience
This course provides learners with an opportunity to begin to apply their developing Child and Youth Care skills in a community, school based or residential Child and Youth Care practice environment. It is expected that learners will move beyond observation and have opportunity to begin engaging with the children, young people, and families who are participating in the program. By the conclusion of this placement learners will develop individual learning goals to be implemented during their internship placement. Learners must complete placement in a both a community and a residential practice milieu prior to completing CYCP 3050 (Child and Youth Care Internship II).

CYCP 3000 - Child and Youth Care Therapeutic Activity Programming
This course is an opportunity for learners to develop and implement intentional developmentally appropriate therapeutic activities that meet youth where they are at and supports their skill development.

CYCP 3050 - Child and Youth Care Internship II
This course is designed primarily as the work phase where learning and evaluation is done. Students will demonstrate observation, assessment, and program planning and evaluation of therapeutic and activity programming within the context of therapeutic relationship with children and youth who have complex needs and are experiencing difficulties in their life. The focus of this second phase of internship is on understanding the complexities of the helping relationships and intervention with young people and therapeutic and activity program implementation and evaluation. Internship occurs in residential, community-based treatment programs. Learners are expected to perform a significant role within their placement organizations. Prior to the termination of this internship, learners will participate in a joint supervision session with their field supervisor and instructor to critically examine their internship and to discuss how learners may use their experiences in continuing in their learning as Child and Youth Care practitioners.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

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