Child and Youth Care

The Child and Youth Care program is a three-year advance diploma that teaches students about family issues and children’s emotional and behavioural challenges. This program teaches students about special education and assistive technology. Students will gain experience within three full time field placements to apply their skills.

Make a difference with a child and youth care advanced diploma - 2022/2023

In the Child and Youth Care program, you'll learn from veteran instructors about family issues and children's emotional and behavioural challenges. You’ll develop counselling skills, examine child abuse and neglect, mental health issues, familial structures, psychotherapy techniques, develop professionalism and interpersonal skills relevant to the field, and many other child-centred issues and concerns. 

This three-year advanced diploma has a field placement, where you'll spend every other semester working with clients/recipients of service. In total, you'll get over 1,500 hours of real-world experience. Fanshawe will give you the skills and experience necessary as a child and youth care worker to accept the challenge with confidence.

When you graduate with a Child and Youth Care advanced diploma, you’ll have a dynamic and evolving range of skills that will allow you to work in a number of different fields such as group homes, correctional services, residential treatment centres, children's aid societies, boards of education, community resource centres, streetwork, and hospitals.

Program Overview

The Child and Youth Care program prepares individuals to provide care and treatment for children and youth experiencing emotional, behavioural, social and mental health challenges. This education and training combines both an academic facet with comprehensive and varied field experience.

This program is offered at more than one campus for your convenience. Learn more about the programs and services of Fanshawe’s campuses in London, St. Thomas, and Woodstock

 

Career Information

Graduates are employed by agencies or institutions designed to meet a range of needs for children and youth experiencing emotional, behavioural, social and/or mental health challenges. Such places include group homes, correctional services, residential treatment centres, children's aid societies, boards of education, community resource centres, streetwork, and hospitals.

 

 

Lisa Giovannetti
Child and Youth Care graduate

I want to express my deepest appreciation and gratitude to the wonderful instructors at Fanshawe College and more specifically my Child and Youth Care program. I have always had an interest and desire to work within the education system, specifically with children with challenging behaviours. I chose Fanshawe College to prepare me for my future. I strongly believe that Fanshawe's approach to education and placement played a key part to my success as a student and ultimately finding employment. My graduation day was not only a day of celebration for my previous three years of hard work, it was also a day of celebration for receiving an offer of employment from the Thames Valley District School Board. I never dreamed that I would be employed on the day of graduation! This surreal feeling will never be forgotten.

Many thanks from a recent Fanshawe College graduate.

 

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. develop and maintain relationships with children, youth and their families applying principles of relational practice* and respecting their unique life space*, cultural and human diversity.

2. assess and respond to the strengths and needs of children and youth, including complex responses impacted by developmental, environmental, physical, emotional, social and mental health challenges in order to promote positive change.

3. analyze and evaluate the impact of the inter-relationship among family, social service, justice and community systems on children, youth and their families and use this information in the planning of holistic care and in the reduction of systemic barriers.

4. plan, implement and evaluate interventions using evidenceinformed practices* in the areas of therapeutic milieu*and programming, and group work to promote resiliency* and to enhance development in children, youth and their families.

5. advocate* for the rights of children, youth and their families and maintain an anti-oppression perspective* and cultural competence in diverse cultural contexts.

6. apply communication, teamwork and organizational skills within the interprofessional team and with community partners to enhance the quality of service in child and youth care practice.

7. develop and implement self-care strategies using self-inquiry and reflection processes to promote self-awareness and to enhance practice as a child and youth care practitioner.

8. use evidence-based* research, professional development resources and supervision models to support professional growth and lifelong learning.

 

Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
Woodstock
Open
2022 September
London
Open
2022 September
St. Thomas
Open
2023 January
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
Woodstock
Open
2022 September
London
Open
2022 September
St. Thomas
Open
2023 January
London
Open

Program Details

Program Code
CYW4

Program Coordinators:

London Campus:

Julie Cross, CYW, CYC, BA, MOT, MEd DE

Field Placement Coordinator:

Chantell Carreiro, CYW, CYC, BA Psychology

Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus:

Peggy Humphries, CYW, CYC (cert.)
CYC Co-ordinator and CYC Field Placement Liaison

St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus:

Ursula Goniarski

Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Duration
90 weeks

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
OR
Human Services Foundation Ontario College Certificate*
(Note: minimum final average required is 2.0 GPA) AND:
- standing in the required course stated above
OR
General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate**
(Note: minimum final average required is 2.0 GPA) AND:
- standing in the required course stated above
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
OR
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
Competitive Programs

This is a competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Please see www.fanshawec.ca/hcp for details. 

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 Raising Healthy Children (O)
  • Grade 11 Working with Infants and Young Children (C)
  • Grade 12 Challenge and Change in Society (U)
  • Grade 12 Families in Canada (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan (M)
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should develop personal responsibility and leadership skills by participating in school and social organizations concerned with helping people, particularly children and adolescents
  • Work or volunteer experience in this field is most important
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing may be granted to those directly employed in the child and youth care field or those with comparable relevant experience or academic background.
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Note:
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Child and Youth Care program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Child and Youth Care program. The Human Services Foundation program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Child and Youth Care program.
  • *Students who are currently registered in the Human Services Foundation program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their Human Services Foundation Ontario College Certificate with a minimum 2.0 GPA by April 30, 2022 and meet the academic pre-requisite course for the Child and Youth Care program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Child and Youth Care program.
  • **Students who are currently registered in the General Arts and Science program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate with a minimum 2.0 GPA by April 30, 2022 and meet the academic pre-requisite course for the Child and Youth Care program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Child and Youth Care program.
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive. Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement
More Information

More info about post-admission requirements:

London Campus

St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus

Woodstock/Oxford Regional Campus

Tuition Summary

London

Canadian Costs
$10,242.10
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$44,945.82
Total Cost of Program

St. Thomas and Woodstock

Canadian Costs
$9,706.38
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$44,945.82
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

Courses

Level 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1094Reason & Writing 1 for Community Studies3
This course will introduce Community Studies students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
BSCI-1264Therapeutic Programming3
This course is designed to equip students with the conceptual frameworks, and technical skills necessary to plan, develop, implement, analyze and evaluate appropriate recreational and therapeutic programs for children and youth. This introductory course enhances students' knowledge and skills in utilizing games, exercises and activities for therapeutic purposes. Students will gain appreciation for the therapeutic value of play/ programming and begin to practice in a controlled setting. Students will be introduced to a variety of therapeutic interventions that can be applied in milieus where children and youth are commonly supported by Child and Youth Care Practitioners.
PSYC-1114CYC Skills & Interventions3
This is a practical course designed to teach students basic attending skills and strategies for working effectively with children. Sources of influence for children's behaviour are examined, including the role Child and Youth Care Practitioners have as a source of positive influence and empowerment in the lives of young people.
PSYC-1115CYC Relational Practice-Intro3
This course will introduce students to the field of Child and Youth Care. Students will have a full understanding of the development of the profession and the importance of personal and professional growth. An overview of the role of the Child and Youth Care Practitioner will be covered as related to the CYC practice milieus. An introduction to ethics in the field of Child and Youth Care will be examined throughout the course using the Ethical and Professional Standards as well as the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors Code of Conduct. Students will be introduced to the Domains of Practice and the Elements of Performance related to each domain. Relational practice and experiential learning will be discussed throughout the course.
FLDP-1036Professional Practice: Field Readiness1
This course introduces the student to the initial field component of Child and Youth Care. During this field preparation course, students will identify the outcomes and goals to successfully complete the first field placement. In addition to job skill development, students begin to work toward preparatory documentation necessary to attend the field placement.
PSYC-1116Diversity in CYC Practice3
This course will introduce students to diverse populations in the field of Child and Youth Care and in today's society. This course will ask students to examine their perspectives both personally and professionally, utilize self-reflection and self-awareness to begin to build an inclusive practice. The concept of ally will be woven throughout the course so students can begin to address personal bias in their practice. Students will develop skills in critical thinking and apply this knowledge to CYC practice.
PSYC-1117Child Development3
This course will provide students with an opportunity to understand the growth and development of children 0 - 12 years of age. Development will be understood through the use of five major theoretical perspectives and the physical, cognitive and social/emotional domains. The concepts of heredity and environment will be discussed throughout the course in relation to the role of child and you care practitioners. The role of research in child development and family policy will be reviewed in order for student to understand their advocacy role. Students will apply their knowledge of child development through simulations and experiential learning activities as they raise a virtual child and attend in-class parent meetings to discuss and review their virtual child's development.
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