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  • ADVANCED DIPLOMA | 01041Child and Youth Care(formerly Child and Youth Worker)

     Type: 3-Year Diploma      

     Start Date: September and January      

     Location: Lakeshore Campus      

With Humber’s Child and Youth Care advanced diploma program, you can enjoy the rewards of a career where you make a meaningful difference in the lives of children in need by ensuring their protection, safety and well-being.

What you will learn

Delve into child and youth care interventions, therapeutic activities programming, assessing and recording occurrences and situations, interviewing and counselling children, and liaising with community resources.

The program exposes students foundational knowledge in the areas of Psychology, Addictions & Mental Health, Child & Adolescent Development and much more.

Accelerated program option

A continuous 16-month program is available for students who have achieved two years of successful post-secondary education. This program takes 16 months of continuous study, starting in September. Students will be required to complete three days a week of internship in their second and fourth semester and four and one-half days a week in the summer semester.

Work placement

Internship is offered throughout this program starting in first year with two days a week. In your final two years you will work in the community for four and a half days each week.

This program has partnerships with over 300 agencies that provide placement opportunities for students: Youth Without Shelter, Peel Children’s Centre, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, Toronto District School Board, The Hospital for Sick Children, Etobicoke Children’s Centre and Casatta.

A career working with young people

The program prepares graduates to work with children and adolescents (from 4 to 18 years of age) and their families. Whether in group homes or treatment centres, schools or hospitals, students will learn to work with young people who display withdrawal, depression, violence, have learning disabilities, and family conflicts. This program has typically enjoyed an extremely high rate of graduate employment.

Career options

  • Open Custody Group Homes
  • Residential Day Treatment Programs
  • Children’s Mental Health Centres
  • Schools
  • Psychiatric Hospitals

Partnerships and pathways

Advisory committee

Our advisory committee is made up of people with extensive experience in the child and youth care profession, and represent a variety of settings in which child and youth care practitioners are employed. Many are also members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors.

Future study options 

Qualified graduates of the program may be eligible to apply for advance standing in the Child and Youth Care Degree program at Humber, as well as many other post-secondary institutions world-wide.

Professional accreditation and endorsement

Humber’s diploma is the one most frequently recognized as qualifying people to work therapeutically with children and youth experiencing emotional, behavioural, psychiatric and social difficulties. Graduates may apply to become members of:

Program Coordinator
Brenda Webb
416.675.6622 ext. 79261

Specialized labs

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