Child & Youth Care

CYCP
City: Sarnia
Three-Year with Placement Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Sep Open

Overview

Do you effectively regulate stress, present in a professional and dependable manner, have a passion to see young people succeed, and enjoy working closely with others to advocate for change? Then you might want to look at Child & Youth Care.

Students in the Child & Youth Care program prepare for a rewarding and challenging career where they will work for a variety of agencies and organizations concerned with the complex challenges of children, youth, and their families. The program focuses on giving students the skills to facilitate positive change, promote resiliency, independence, and self advocacy.

This program is dynamic and interactive and allows for students to practice core skills in a safe environment leading to feedback and assessments that are relevant and individualized. With over 1,500 hours of placement experience, capstone projects, community action and contribution plans, graduates can build robust resumes and ensure job readiness.

This program is ideally suited for emotionally mature individuals with a strong desire to help children and adolescents in a time of crisis.

Meet Kyle

Hear about Kyle's post-secondary education journey at Lambton College.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:

  • Grade 12 English C or U (minimum grade of 60%)

Mature Student Assessment for this program is available in the subject of English for the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in this required admission subject. For all other admission requirements, applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information, please contact counselling@lambtoncollege.ca. Review the Mature Student Admission process.

Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and the Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Placement Story: Big Brothers - Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton

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Placement provider partnerships benefit the local community and the student experience.

Over the years, Lambton College has developed a strong relationship with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton. This partnership creates a number of placement opportunities for Lambton College students and it allows the community to access a number of programs that wouldn't exist without this collaboration.

  • 15 - 20 students placed in field placements or internships each year
  • Representing the Child & Youth Care, Social Service Worker, and Office Administration programs

Costs

  • Year 1 $4,100.94
  • Year 2 $4,018.94
  • Year 3 $4,018.94

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College requires that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.

Courses

CYC-1002
Introduction to Field Placement

This course prepares the student for the first field placement that occurs in the second semester. Students experience a forum for discussion of recurring issues related to the field placement experience. These recurring issues are explored through lectures, class discussions, and presentations by guest speakers from the Child and Youth Care field. Students identify their strengths and areas for growth in preparation for their second term field placement. Guidance and direction is provided for students to assist in the selection of their first field experience.

CYC-1014
Introduction to Child & Youth Care

This course introduces students to the profession of child and youth care - examining historical developments as well as assisting the student in acquiring a body of knowledge and skill which are unique to child and youth care. The course focuses on three central themes: i) the children, youth, and families served; ii) the role of the Child & Youth Care Practitioner; and iii) self-awareness

CYC-1023
Health & Nutrition

In this course, students develop a personal perspective of wellness as they explore the following aspects of health and nutrition: the promotion of health and wellness from a holistic perspective including physical, emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, and environmental health; an understanding of nutrition and the dietary needs of healthy people, basic human anatomy, a review of prescription and illegal drugs, and a brief study of infectious and non-infectious diseases - especially those pertaining to childhood and adolescence.

COM-1013
Critical Thinking & Writing

In this writing course, students respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students practice thinking critically and organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Students explore different perspectives, and through synthesis, analysis, and response, strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. One of the pillars of Lambton College is a commitment to sustainability and equity, diversity, and inclusion, including Indigenization of the curriculum; where appropriate, readings in this course will reflect this commitment. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research-writing course.

PSY-1003
Psychology 1

This course focuses on how we behave. It is an attempt to understand ourselves and others. The primary goal of this course is to see psychology as an objective way of studying human experience.

GED-XXX3
General Education Elective

CYC-2002
Field Seminar 1

This is the first of five seminars related to the field practicum. This seminar and the following seminars will be offered concurrently with field placement. Field Seminar is a forum for first-year students to integrate placement experiences with classroom learning. Common and recurring issues related to the student's field placement experience will be identified and prioritized for discussion.

CYCF-2056
Field Work 1

Field practice is the forum for observing, identifying, practicing and incorporating skills and theory taught in the classroom. Each field experience combines with the student's specific learning needs and the placement's requirements to offer a practical learning opportunity for the student.

CYC-2012
Child & Youth Care Methodology 1

In this course, learners will be introduced to the methods used in creating and maintaining a therapeutic milieu, with a specific focus on self-awareness. As many students enter this field for personal reasons and with personal histories that reflect an interest in the ways that children and youth can benefit from the intervention of trained professionals, it is important that students understand their own styles of interacting.

CYC-2022
Therapeutic Activities

This course is designed to investigate the objectives of play and programming with children and youth using a relational approach. The focus is on the psychological insight that play is an essential element of life. In organized play, skills, and processes are learned which later enable individuals to relate to their community and society. Throughout this course learners will enhance their ability to facilitate activities with children and youths that are strength-based, engaging, meaningful, and therapeutic.

CYC-2033
Legislation & Social Issues

In this course the student will become familiar with all the relevant legislation and regulations related to the practice of Child and Youth Care such as the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and Youth Criminal Justice Act. Pertinent pieces of legislation will be raised and discussed as the student learns about the laws that govern intervention with children, adolescents and families. The needs and rights of children, adolescents and families will be reviewed within the framework of existing and proposed legislation. This course will provide the student with an opportunity to identify recurring social issues and identify what is being and/or needs to be done to resolve these issues.

HGD-1013
Human Growth & Development

Using a developmental psychology lens this course focuses on providing students with an opportunity to improve understanding of development and self in the context of global community. Students will examine the human lifespan from infancy to old age, across physical, cognitive, social and personality contexts. Foundational theories, socio-cultural and historical context, as well as an examination of current issues within Canada, provide the learner with opportunities for critical thinking and a better understanding of the influences on their own development and self-awareness. Applied learning assignments provide learners with the opportunity to demonstrate learning while also adding to their co-curricular record. Global partnership, diversity and equity, epigenetic change, and transgenerational impact are recurring themes throughout.

CYC-3002
Field Seminar 2

This is the second of five seminars related to the field practicum. This seminar and the following seminars are taught concurrently with field placement. Field Seminar is a forum for second-year students to integrate placement experiences with classroom learning. Common and recurring issues related to the student's field placement experience are identified and prioritized for discussion.

CYCF-3054
Field Work 2

This course provides the student with experience in working with children, adolescents, and/or families. The student is exposed to the experience of working as a team member in a community setting and has a primary goal of integrating theory and practical experience.

CYC-3023
Therapeutic Foundations

This course provides students with a basic understanding of counseling theories and techniques specifically those that are used when working with children and youth. The counseling process when engaging children and youth, and selected theoretical models, are examined in detail.

CYC-3033
Interviewing & Counselling

This course examines the nature of the helping interview as a vehicle for understanding people and their problems. The primary focus is on adapting interviewing and counselling skills to various practice settings. Role playing and interview simulations provide opportunities for students to develop and practice their skills in the classroom.

CYC-3043
Group Work

This course is designed to increase the students' knowledge and skill in the areas of group dynamics, group intervention, group conflict, and group leadership. The student will examine their relational practice in groups and provide feedback to others while developing their group work skills. The student will develop a needs basedgroup work proposal, and create therapeutic, goaldriven, evidence informed interventions that meet the needs of the target population. The importance of evaluating the effectiveness of the group work experience will be explored.

COM-2053
Communications for Community Services

This course enhances students' communication skills in preparation for work in community services. Through the theme of "advocacy and education," students read, examine, and respond to selected essays and articles, creating research reports and research presentations to share with their peers. The research process provides students with the opportunity to develop their writing skills through critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, application, and evaluation. These skills are necessary for success in current and future college courses, the workplace, and students' personal lives.

GED-XXX3
General Education Elective

CYC-4002
Field Seminar 3

This course focuses on developing the child and youth care practitioner's skills in problem solving, intervention, programming, and best practice. Emphasis is on identifying problems that are conducive to change, establishment of goals, case management, and evaluation techniques. The helping processes of joining, relating, talking, interpreting, and life-space interventions will be developed and practiced. Experiential learning will occur.

CYCF-4055
Field Work 3

This course provides the student with experience in working with children, adolescents, and/or families. The student is exposed to the experience of working as a team member in a community setting and has a primary goal of integrating theory and practical experience.

CYC-4012
Child & Youth Care Methodology 2

This course examines the psychodynamics of children and youth in need of help and the complex factors involved. Opportunity to develop therapeutic, observation, and assessment skills in relation to children and youths' behaviour, as it relates to the process of change, is provided.

CYC-4023
Family Process

This course introduces the student to the developmental stages that a family experiences during its lifetime. A family systems approaches will be used to explore the stages of the family with attention being placed on the changes in family systems in Canada. Understanding the family in relation to the larger social fabric will be explored. In addition, the student will examine themselves in relation to their family experiences.

CYC-4033
Adolescent Development

In this course the student will begin the process of developing an informed professional perspective regarding the nature of adolescence development. This course will utilize a biopsychosocial approach while exploring developmental issues, developmental theories and key influences including peers, family and culture. Child and Youth Care Practitioners are responsible for supporting and intervening with adolescents in a variety of settings. It is essential that CYC's are aware of and understand the range of both normal and deviant adolescent behaviours.

CYC-4042
Assessments & Clinical Documentation

This course will examine the use of assessment instruments and recording tools used by various human service organizations. Why agencies keep records and how records are created, monitored, updated, and stored will be reviewed. Various assessment tools will be studied as a process for gathering information to understand problem behaviours and situations, and to develop professional, effective, and supportive service plans.

PSY-2003
Psychology 2

This course focuses on how we behave. It is an attempt to understand ourselves and others. The primary goal of this course is to investigate the application of psychological information to people's lives.

CYC-5002
Field Seminar 4

This is the fourth of five seminars related to the field practicum. This seminar and the following seminars take place concurrently with field placement. Field Seminar is a forum for third-year students to integrate placement experiences with classroom learning. Common and recurring issues related to the student's field placement experience are identified and prioritized for discussion.

CYCF-5056
Field Work 4

This course provides the student with experience in working with children, adolescents, and/or families. The students assume a higher degree of responsibility involving decision-making, assessment and crisis intervention. In addition, the student is exposed to the experience of working as a team member in a community setting.

CYC-5012
Child & Youth Care Methodology 3

This course focuses on developing the child and youth care practitioner's skills in problem solving, intervention, programming, and best practice. Emphasis is on identifying problems that are conducive to change, establishment of goals, case management, and evaluation techniques. The helping processes of joining, relating, talking, interpreting, and life-space interventions will be developed and practiced. Experiential learning will occur.

CYC-5022
Working with Families

The Working with Families course builds on the knowledge obtained in CYC 4023 - Family Process. A systematic approach is used as a basis for understanding the origins of troubled families and the need for interventions to promote a more functional family environment. The learner reviews current legislation and continues to develop a relational perspective and framework to working with children and their families. The student examines local community-based CYC intervention strategies, and analyzes their current placement's approach to working with children and their families.

CYC-5033
Violence, Abuse & Trauma

This course examines the issues and concerns associated with violence and abuse in society. The student gains an understanding of how children, youth, and their families are affected by violence and trauma. Focus is placed on examining physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of children and adolescents from a familial and larger systemic perspective. Partner abuse and violence in society are also examined. Treatment needs of the abused and the abusive will be explored. Also, the importance of advocacy work will be explored. An anti-oppression perspective will be utilized in order to focus on the issues of power imbalance, and resulting forms of abusive behaviour.

GED-XXX3
General Education Elective

CYC-6002
Field Seminar 5

This is the fifth and final seminar related to the field practicum. This seminar is offered concurrently with field placement. Field Seminar is a forum for third-year students to integrate placement experiences with classroom learning. Common and recurring issues related to the student's field placement experience will be identified and prioritized for discussion.

CYCF-6057
Field Work 5

This course provides the student with experience in working with children, adolescents, and/or families. The students assume a higher degree of responsibility involving decision-making, assessment and crisis intervention. In addition, the student is exposed to the experience of working as a team member in a community setting.

CYC-6022
Culture & Human Diversity in CYC Practice

This course will assist students in exploring diverse populations in our society and the impact of social identity, location, and privilege in working with children, youth and families. It is intended to help students grow in their thinking and awareness of critical concepts of self and others. CYCPs value self-inquiry, self-reflection and self-awareness as essential components of professional practice. Students will explore historical, current societal, as well as personal biases, and develop strategies to respectfully practice/promote sensitivity to the needs of diverse populations.

CYC-6013
Organizational Behaviour & Clinical Supervision

This course acquaints the learner with the organizational structure and behaviour of a typical social service agency. It investigates leadership and management decision making process which influence the behaviour of individuals and groups. Administrative duties involved in a variety of CYC based settings, including the supervisory process, staff performance appraisals, leadership issues, accountability and professional development are emphasized.

CMH-1023
Understanding Addictions & Concurrent Disorders

The purpose of this course is to examine addiction and problem gambling as well as mental health problems in the practice of Concurrent Disorders. Incidence, trends and prevalence of addictions, problem gambling and mental illnesses along with assessment and treatment practices are explored. Key issues and challenges related to treatment for co-occurring mental health and addiction problems including interactions of mental health medications and substance abuse will be identified. Students will be encouraged to surface their own assumptions and biases and deepen their appreciation of how concurrent disorders affect people's lives and familiarize themselves with current best practices.

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Program Information

1-844-LAMBTON

School of Fire Science, Health & Community Services

After Graduation

Employment Opportunities

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Our graduates have found rewarding work opportunities in the following areas:

  • Community-based child and youth development programs
  • Parent education and family support
  • School-based programs
  • Open and closed custody group homes
  • In-patient and out-patient treatment programs
  • Youth shelters
  • Central point of access programs
  • Youth justice
  • Early intervention and prevention programs
  • Child protection agencies

Accreditations & Certifications

Ontario Association of Child & Youth Care

Graduates are eligible for full membership and certification with the Ontario Association of Child & Youth Care and the Council of Canadian Child & Youth Care Associations. This membership promotes accountability to sound ethical practice, ongoing professional development, and relevant provincial legislation and policy in Ontario.

Child & Youth Care Practitioner Certification

Upon graduation students will also be eligible to write the Child & Youth Care Certification Board exam and complete the process for international Child & Youth Care Practitioner certification which will enhance opportunities for alumni to practice globally.

Pathways

Transfer to Programs within Ontario

We’ve worked with Ontario colleges to provide the following transfer opportunities:

Humber College
  • Bachelor of Child & Youth Care
  • Bachelor of Community Development
Toronto Metropolitan University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care
  • Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies
Seneca College
  • Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health
University of Windsor
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Honours Bachelor of Arts in Disability Studies

Want to see more Ontario transfers? Visit ONTransfer.ca.

Placement

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Proof of certain vaccinations and police record checks may be required.

Vaccinations & Police Record Checks

Students considering this program should be aware that there may be field and clinical placement requirements. Many placements require students have proof of certain vaccinations and police record checks.

Once you’ve applied, you can log in to mylambton.ca and view the program-specific Field & Clinical Placement Requirements. If you need information about these requirement before applying, please contact placementinfo@lambtoncollege.ca.

Community Action & Contribution Plan

Our community action and capstone project challenges and develops key employability skills and competencies. Lab simulations assist student in gaining perspectives on the nuances, tone, and nature of their work. The Contribution Plan Project gives students the opportunity to research and develop innovative ideas that allow them to create their own job upon graduation.

Placement Requirements

Many agencies that provide field placement opportunities are outside the areas that public transit serves. Having a valid driver's license and access to a vehicle is an asset for field placement.

 

Local Placements

Our local placement agency network and stakeholders take active roles in assisting students to reach their vocational goals. Workshops and certifications can often be accessed during students' placement hours allowing them to build additional qualifications that promote future employment. Project-based placements are also available allowing students to impact children, youth, and families through research projects, proposals, and enhanced programming.

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Build additional qualifications that promote future employment.

More Information

Skill Demands

Students are required to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills. They should also be able to establish rapport with children or youth while in the program. Students will be expected to demonstrate excellent team work skills.

Some students with disabilities may require academic accommodations to equalize opportunities to meet the academic demands of this program or the courses within it.

Technology Requirements

It is recommended that students purchase a laptop with a Windows operating system.

Internet Speed Requirements

For best performance for students learning remotely, an internet connection with a minimum of 40 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed is recommended in order to effectively use video conferencing and remote lecture delivery software as well as, other online resources remotely. Due to the large area over which students may be dispersed, we are unable to recommend a specific provider, so you will need to inquire around your area to find one that best suits your needs.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

In order to access the internet and virtually-delivered software and courseware, student laptops should include the following at a minimum. By meeting the following specifications, students will be equipped to access software and courseware on their laptop through the internet:

  • Intel i5 8th Gen Processor or equivalent
  • 16 GB of RAM (with a minimum of 8 GB)
  • 100 GB HDD or more
  • HD Graphics
  • Webcam with a microphone
  • Wireless 802.11n/ac 5ghz capable
  • Windows Operating System (Windows 11)

Software

To ensure students are getting the most our of their classroom experience, some software will be required.

Lambton College has made this software easily accessible online. Students can leverage our Microsoft Office 365 software packages and services. In addition, much of the software you require for your courses will be available on demand for use on any device - on or off campus.