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. In addition to being compassionate, you must also be firm enough to facilitate therapeutic programs and interventions with young people who demonstrate pain-based behaviour that can result in them physically and emotionally acting out towards others.
Child and Youth Care practice takes place 24/7 – you must be flexible in your work schedule. Children and youth range from 6-25 years old, so you'll no doubt broaden your idea of what passes for entertainment – get used to purposefully playing with dolls, sliding down hills and listening to music in order to support youth in expanding their experiences, thus building their resilience and relationship skills.
Although this is physically and emotionally demanding work, the more you put into the learning process, the more you gain – and the gains and rewards in this field are tremendous. Students in this program will become members of the Nova Scotia Child and Youth Care Workers' Association. Graduates of this program are eligible to become Certified Child and Youth Care practitioners.