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Child and Youth Care

Child and Youth Care

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

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Start Date:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class Seats available

Program 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. 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.

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 Registry search are required to complete work placements. A conviction on any of these checks may impact your ability to obtain a work placement. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact the student's ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health & 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.

Choose NSCC

  • Learn from instructors who bring real-world experience. Every instructor in this program is practising or 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.

Employment Opportunities

  • Graduates may find work in therapeutic treatment centres, group homes and small options for troubled children and youth throughout Nova Scotia and some work, on contract, with child welfare agencies.

Other Info

  • Alternate Intake – This program is not offered each year, at every location. Check program locations for upcoming start dates.
  • Work Placements – you participate in work placements in public and/or private settings within the province. Students are not guaranteed placements of their choice and may be required to complete a placement in communities throughout the province. Some evening and/or weekend shifts may be required.
    • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are the responsibility of the student.
  • You will be interviewed with a placement agency as a pre-placement screening process and are required to provide your own transportation to work placement.
  • You are required to complete the Child Abuse Registry Request for Search Form which is available online from the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services.
  • 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 skills will be emphasized throughout your work placement and employment experiences.
  • Emotional demands include frequent stressful and emergency situations.
  • A valid Class 5 Driver's Licence is required for employment.
  • To work in this area, you must have a diploma in a recognized child and youth care program or an undergraduate degree in human services. NSCC's Child & Youth Care program meets this standard.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CYCP 1001   Introduction to Psychology for Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 1002   Service Learning for Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 1003   Child and Youth Care Practice Milieu I
CYCP 1005   Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners I
CYCP 1012   Teamwork for Relational Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 1013   Child and Youth Care Practice Milieu II
CYCP 1014   Child and Youth Care Professional Development
CYCP 1015   Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners II
CYCP 1017   Introduction to Child and Youth Care Professional Practice
CYCP 1018   Introduction to Today’s Society within Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 1020   Child and Youth Care Relational Communication II
CYCP 1050   Child and Youth Care Work Experience Orientation
CYCP 1055   Child and Youth Care Workshop Seminar
CYCP 2000   Child and Youth Care Methodology I
CYCP 2004   Group Facilitation for Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 2006   Developmental Psychology for Child and Youth Care Practice
CYCP 2015   Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners III
CYCP 2017   Child and Youth Care Practitioner Identity Development
CYCP 2020   Child and Youth Care Applied Relational Communication II
CYCP 2025   Writing Skills for Child and Youth Care Practitioners IV
CYCP 2026   Family Systems – A Child and Youth Care Perspective
CYCP 2050   Introduction to Child and Youth Care Practice Milieu
CYCP 2055   Child and Youth Care Internship I
CYCP 2065   Child and Youth Care Work Experience
CYCP 3000   Child and Youth Care Therapeutic Activity Programming
CYCP 3050   Child and Youth Care Internship II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Food Handler's Course
Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

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