• Overview - 2019/2020

    Making a real difference in the lives of children, teens and their families is an honourable career choice. With Fanshawe's Child and Youth Care (Fast Track) program, you'll learn a broad range of skills that will enable you to positively affect the lives of those in society who are the most vulnerable.

    You'll learn from veteran instructors about family issues and children's emotional and behavioural challenges. As well, you'll learn about Special Education and Assistive Technology. You'll develop cutting-edge counselling skills, examine child abuse and neglect, mental health issues, familial structures, psychotherapy techniques, and many other child-centred issues and concerns. When you graduate, 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 and hospitals.

    The fast track advanced diploma program is delivered in four, 15 week semesters which means students are ready to graduate after 16 months (at a full-time rate).

    This program will also provide you with over 900 hours of real-world experience during the two unique field placement experiences, each in a setting working alongside trained professionals in the field. Your Fanshawe education will give you the necessary skills and experience to accept this rewarding and challenging career with confidence.

    Program coordinators:

    London Campus:

    Julie Cross, CYW, CYC, BA, MOT, MEd DE
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4921

    Field placement coordinator:

    Chantell Carreiro, CYW, CYC, BA Psychology
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4943

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    An Ontario College Diploma in Community Studies 
    OR
    A University Degree in Psychology, Sociology or a related Social Sciences area
    OR
    An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
    OR
    A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above

    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 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 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

    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

    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
  • Courses

    Child and Youth Care (Fast Track)-2019/2020

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    PSYC-1089Working With Children & Families-Intro3
    This course examines the values and philosophies related to parenting children and the components that influence parent-child interactions. Techniques for understanding and managing children's behaviour will be included.
    PSYC-3029Child & Youth Care Practice 23
    During this course, the student will gain further knowledge of the scope of Child and Youth Care practice and the various special needs and special circumstances impacting clients' lives. The student will build knowledge and analyze the expectations of the role of the Child and Youth Care Practitioner, in order to enhance their readiness for direct client interaction.
    PSYC-1103Child & Youth Care Practice 13
    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. Reflective practice and experiential learning will be discussed throughout the course.
    BSCI-3043Field Preparation 22
    This course prepares the student for the intermediate field placement component of child and youth care practice. During this field preparation course, students review intermediate placement outcomes, develop their ability to create appropriate goals, prepare effective job search tools, and demonstrate professional conduct. Students review the forms and preparatory documentation necessary to attend the field placement.
    FLDP-3014Field Placement 210.8
    This course provides an opportunity for the student to integrate, under supervision, his/her theoretical knowledge with the practice of counselling and specialized programming for children and youth experiencing emotional, behavioral, social and mental health challenges. This placement will occur in mental health settings, correctional settings, educational settings, community based services and residential or family settings.
    BSCI-3044Field Seminar 21
    While participating in this online course, students will complete various field placement related assignments, reflections, and discussions to support their field placement experience which occurs in mental health settings, educational settings, community based services and residential or family settings.

    Level 4Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    BSCI-3033Documentation-Methods & Legislation3
    This course will review the legislative acts governing and guiding the field of Child and Youth Care, including the roles and responsibilities of Child and Youth Care Practitioners in a variety of settings. Legislation covered will include United Nations Charter on the Rights of the Child, CYFSA including Duty to Report and Residential Care, YCJA, Education Act, Mental Health Act, PHIPA, AODA, Child Care Modernization Act, Ministry of Community and Social Services Act and Ministry of Correctional Services Act. Students will also learn professional terminology, requirements for writing reports, log notes and plans of care for children and families with an emphasis on a strengths based approach.
    PSYC-3031Counselling Skills-Process & Practice3
    This course is designed to enable the student to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes for effective interviewing and counselling with children and youth. Students acquire basic counselling skills necessary to conduct and evaluate counselling sessions. A micro-counselling format is used which involves breaking down individual skills into component parts and learning them one at a time.
    SOCI-3024Understanding Child Abuse & Neglect3
    This hybrid course focuses on physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and domestic abuse with an emphasis on the impact on children and youth. Students will explore the factors that contribute to child abuse including parent and child characteristics, family dynamics, social and cultural influences and values. In this course, students will become familiar with Sec. 72 of the Child and Family Services Act which explains their duty to report suspected child abuse and neglect.
    PSYC-3032Mental Disorders in Children & Youth3
    This course will introduce students to the elements that are used to classify normal from abnormal behaviour . Students will also gain an understanding of the theoretical approaches and the root causes, prevalence, symptoms and treatment of child and youth mental health disorders. Students will be able to recognize and explain the symptoms of common mental health disorders in relation to the DSM-5, using both a CYC perspective and a psychological perspective.
    PSYC-1087Special Ed & Assistive Technology-Intro3
    This course will prepare students to support children and youth who have a learning disability in a variety of settings, particularly educational. Understanding learning styles and learning difference and how to accommodate for children and youth with a learning difference is essential in the field of child and youth work.This course will introduce students to the Education Act focusing specifically on the Bill 82, Special Education. In this course students will become familiar with concept of learning and learning disabilities; the assessment of learning disabilities; identification practices; common intervention strategies; and learn how to implement a wide range of assistive technologies to support students learning and knowledge building.
    BSCI-1223Therapeutic Programming-Process & Techn3
    This course is designed to equip students with the attitudes, 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.

    Level 5Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-5016Addictions, Drugs & Health Practices3
    This hybrid course will prepare students entering the CYC field by introducing them to a variety of selected theories, models/strategies for treating mental health and addictions including current resources related to youth. Through course discussion and activities students will learn the physiological impact of medication and alternative treatments on the body. Students will also learn the components of medication protocols used in a variety of agency settings in the field of Child and Youth Care.
    BSCI-5006Field Preparation 32
    This course prepares the student for the advanced field placement component of Child and Youth Care. During this field preparation course, students review advanced placement outcomes, develop their ability to create appropriate goals, prepare effective job search tools, and demonstrate professional conduct. Students review the forms and preparatory documentation necessary to attend the field placement.
    PSYC-5025Family Dynamics3
    This course is designed to prepare the student to explore child and youth behaviour in the context of the family. Students will learn to use various family theories (Systems, Symbolic Interaction, Family Life Course Development, Conflict, Feminist, Ecological) to gain an understanding of systemic and generational influences, which contribute to individual and familial growth. Emphasis will be placed on understanding one's own family experiences to appreciate the impact personal history has on professional practice in Child & Youth Care.
    PSYC-5029Theories & Techniques of Psychotherapy3
    This course is aimed at helping students consolidate their personal understanding and viewpoints about the wide range of contrasting theoretical models of psychotherapy available to children and families in need. Selected psychotherapies are examined in detail, specifically in terms of their origins, philosophic orientation, key concepts and techniques. Through lectures, discussions, small group activities, reading and writing papers students are assisted to critically evaluate the practices of therapeutic interventions as well as developing their own personal model.
    PSYC-5026Counselling & Intervention Strategies3
    This course is designed to enable the student to understand and acquire the skills necessary to conduct and evaluate counselling sessions. Students will explore the application and impact of these skills to particular clients and client issues.
    PSYC-5030Child & Youth Care Practice 33
    This Hybrid course will introduce students to social research and provide practical knowledge needed for students to access and evaluate peer reviewed literature, distinguish between different types of research reports and the qualities of each. Students will choose a topic of interest in the field of Child and Youth Care and conduct a literature review.This course will also prepare students for engaging with children, youth and families using life space interventions while understanding the research in which life space is based on. The life space concept of working with children in their current and present physical, mental, relational and virtual spaces will be thoroughly discussed and applied. Students will then represent their understanding of life-space and the theoretical foundations needed for effective life space interventions by designing a visual representation of life space in the field of child and youth care.
    PSYC-5028Group Counselling With Children & Youth3
    This course is designed to give students both a theoretic and applied group counselling experience. Group counselling is an effective and efficient way to assist individuals to acquire personal knowledge, express difficult thoughts / emotions and learn new interpersonal behaviours. This course aims to increase student's knowledge and competency, in the areas of group dynamics, group intervention, group development and group leadership, as they apply to the field of Child and Youth Care. Students will have the opportunity to design, implement and evaluate a single session group that they experience with their peers; as well as research and develop a series of groups for children/youth of special needs/special circumstances that Child and Youth Care practitioners typically would be supporting.In relation to the overall Child and Youth Care program, this course builds on previous knowledge of group dynamics and skills associated with effectively developing and facilitating group programs in the Child and Youth Care field. Understanding group dynamics, group work facilitation and program development are essential components of learning, in the CYC program. This knowledge provides a solid foundation for CYC's who run groups in various milieus. The knowledge and applied skills acquired throughout this course prepares students to plan and implement groups in the CYC field.

    Level 6Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take the following Mandatory Courses:
    FLDP-5004Field Placement 313.6
    Field practice is a highly emphasized component of the Child and Youth Care Program. It provides an opportunity for the student to continue to integrate under supervision, his/her acquired theoretical knowledge and develop their applied skills. This placement will occur in mental health settings, correctional settings, educational settings, community based settings and residential settings.
    BSCI-5007Field Seminar 31
    While participating in this online course, students will complete various field placement related assignments, reflections, and discussions to support their field placement experience which occurs in mental health settings, correctional settings, educational settings, community based services and residential or family settings.

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 9 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 4, 5 and 6

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 22 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    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 and hospitals.
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A Sixteen-Month Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
    Program Code: CYW5
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    May Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at
    www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
    School of Community Studies: 519-452-4224 

    Program Description

    The Child and Youth Care (Fast Track) 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.

    Program Offered: full-time, part-time day (when seats available)

    Other Information

    • Adult students who have developed emotional maturity and stability through a few years involvement in the working world are encouraged to apply.
    • There is a particular need for male Child and Youth Care Workers.
    • In some cases, applicants may be recommended to complete the first year of the Human Services Foundation program for additional preparation.
    • Students who graduate from this program and wish to transfer to another Community Studies program at Fanshawe College, may qualify for some internal credits that have already been achieved.
    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 Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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