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  • Objectives
    Child and Youth Workers are trained to work with children and adolescents who have emotional and behavioural challenges. This work takes place in schools, mental health settings, Children's Aid Societies, residential treatment centres, and other social agencies. The program emphasizes intervention techniques, treatment philosophies, and the range of skills necessary to develop meaningful relationships with children, adolescents, and families in care. Students embark on a three-year process of skill development which typically leads to greater self-awareness, and confidence as well as the attitudes, skills, and knowledge needed to work in the field.
  • Practical experience
    The third and sixth semesters will be field placements.
  • Academic Title
    Child and Youth Worker Advanced Diploma
  • Course description
          Semester 1
        * CCW1040   -   003   -   Group Process & Pers. Devel.

          This course focuses on theories and types of groups that are relevant in a group setting. A laboratory component of the course illustrates the dynamics and development of a group while requiring students to analyze and develop roles and skills within a group.

        * CCW1110   -   003   -   Child Care Methodology I

          This course introduces students to two components of the program: the professional role of the child care worker (including the organization, routines, structure, and policies of typical child care setting, and the establishment of relationships with disturbed children or adolescents. A laboratory component focuses on analyzing actual case studies.

        * CCW1121   -   004   -   Child and Adolescent Development

          This course introduces child and youth worker students to the stages and challenges of child and adolescent development with an emphasis on latency-aged children and adolescents. Students learn to use the work of key theorists in CYW practice and to recognize, observe and record developmental milestones.

        * CCW1221   -   003   -   Intro to Mental Health Care

          This course introduces child and youth worker students to the child and adolescent mental health system in Ontario. The primary focus of the course is the understanding of the most prevalent mental health challenges and the CYW role on the treatment team.

        * ENG1235   -   002   -   Speaking/Writing Comm. Services I

          In this course, students are introduced to acceptable and professional workplace communication practices (both oral and written), preparing them for placements and employment in the helping professions. The course will also provide the opportunity for students to develop greater understanding of the helping professions and of the relationships among individuals and society.
        * ENG1551   -   001   -   Writing Fundamentals: Ind. Study

          This course is required in the first semester of most post-secondary programs at Cambrian. The purpose of the course is to allow students to develop their independent learning skills and to review the fundamental conventions of Standard English.

        * PSY1050   -   003   -   Introduction To Psychology I

          Psychology is the study of human behaviour. This course is designed to increase your understanding of your own behaviour and the behaviour familiarizing you with important psychological concepts and research findings. PSY 1050 has been designated a General Education Course.

          Semester 2

        * ENG1751   -   001   -   Job Search Skills: Ind. Study

          Prerequisite: ENG 1551 Through guided independent study, students will explore the job search process in detail and gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices that lead to successful job searching and career planning. This course will also encourage further development of the independent learning skills and strategies practiced in ENG 1551 and 1581.

        * CCW1052   -   003   -   Observation and Recording Skills

          Prerequisite: Enrolment in CYW program or permission of coordinator.

        * CCW1200   -   003   -   Therapeutic Play

          Prerequisites: CCW 1121, CCW 1110 This is the first of two therapeutic, creative activities courses. It explores the importance of play and provides opportunities to develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge child and youth workers need to facilitate therapeutic activities. The course focuses upon expressive arts such as storytelling, drama, painting, crafts, and music.

        * CCW1210   -   003   -   Child Care Methodology II

          This course is a continuation of CCW 1110 and focuses on establishing a treatment atmosphere and the use of intervention techniques in handling confrontations. Role-playing provides the opportunity for demonstration and practice of intervention strategies. A laboratory component focuses on analyzing actual case studies.

        * CCW1225   -   003   -   Child Law, Legislation & Ethics

          This course explores the various laws and legislation that govern children/adolescents/families within the Province of Ontario. The course is divided into two parts. Part I, Introduction to Law, focuses on an overview of the origin and development of criminal and civil law and the legal system in Canada. Part II focuses on a study of selected Federal and Provincial statutes and government regulations that impact on children, youth and their families in Ontario and Canada. As well, a variety of current youth issues will be investigated in relation to the criminal justice system.

        * CCW1240   -   003   -   Counselling And Interviewing I

          Prerequisites: CCW 1040, CCW 1110, CCW 1121, CCW 1221 In this course, students develop the abilitiy to conduct helping interviews with children, adolescents, or parents and to use skilled intervention techniques that enhance treatment. A laboratory segment provides practice in the essential elements of a counselling session (initiating, following, leading, and terminating) in the context of child care.

        * CCW1245   -   001   -   Field Placement Seminar I

          This course supports students as they prepare for their first field placement. Emphasis will be placed on developing learning goals, interviewing strategies, and methods to become familiar with services and, prepared for this new learning experience. Students are supported in developing an understanding of the requirements of the first field placement and identifying the skills and knowledge needed to be successful. Students must have current standard first aid certification, proof of immunization and a clean criminal record check to proceed to the placement semester.

          Semester 3

        * CCW2490   -   018   -   Field Work I And Seminar

          This subject is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to enhance his/her beginning skills in a field placement setting. This full semester placement challenges the student to meet his/her personal learning goals, the goals of the agency/school, as well as those of the college. Successful completion of field placement is essential, and the major indicator of the student's ability to work effectively with children/youth and/or their families.

          Semester 4
        * ENG2335   -   002   -   Speaking/Writing Comm. Services II

          In this course, students continue to work on acceptable workplace communication practices (both oral and written), preparing them for placements and employment in the helping professions. The course will provide the opportunity for students to develop greater understanding of the dynamics of the helping professions and the relationships among individuals and society. Students will also learn the importance of research related to the helping professions.

        * CCW1250   -   003   -   Behaviour Management Skills

          Prerequisites: CCW 1121, CCW 1210, CCW 1210, CCW 1221

        * CCW2310   -   003   -   Child Care Methodology III

          Prerequisite: CCW 1210

        * CCW2410   -   002   -   Issues/Ethics/Conduct

          It has become important for all who work in the field of child and youth work to improve workplace communication to become more effective members of the treatment team. This course is designed to help the student become more familiar with the special work related needs of the Child and Youth Worker and to provide the opportunity to challenge his/her learning about how to communicate and participate in the workplace. Professional Conduct in the Workplace will cover crucial areas of child and youth work facing Child and Youth Workers today. The workplace has become multifaceted and the student must become aware of professional competence.

        * CCW2420   -   003   -   Deviancy, Delinquency, Dependency

          Prerequisite: CCW 1225, CCW 1221, CCW 1121 The major aim of this subject is to develop an awareness and understanding of various forms of deviancy including criminal activity and substance abuse. Special attention will be paid to deviant behaviour among child and adolescent populations. Since CCW graduates may deal with children who have been exposed to deviant behaviour in their home environment, this course bears additional relevance.

        * CCW2431   -   003   -   Abuse In Soc./Symptoms & Treatment

          Prerequisites: CCW 1210, CCW 1121, CCW 1221

        * CCW3520   -   003   -   Family Intervention

          Prerequisites: CCW 1210, CCW 1221 This course is designed to offer the student insight into the various aspects of working with the parents of troubled children. In addition to the information and theoretical approaches offered through class lectures, the student will have the opportunity to practice presenting and implementing the material by doing a survey and through research. In the field of child and youth care, the Child and Youth Worker's role is essential in the area of family work. Emphasis is directed more and more towards treating the family as a whole and on parent education. In light of this direction, it is important for the student to be knowledgeable in traditional parenting styles, alternative parenting techniques, communicating with parents, and establishing a positive approach and relationship with parents.

          Semester 5

        * CCW2450   -   003   -   Therapeutic Recreation

          Prerequisites: CCW 1210, CCW 1200 This is the second of two therapeutic creative activities courses. It explores the therapeutic value of creative activities in diagnostic and goal-oriented treatment programs. This course focuses on cooperative, group and team sports, games, and outdoor recreational oriented activities. Activity programming is an essential part of treatment of children and adolescents. Child and Youth Workers must learn to incorporate and develop activity skills that will provide therapeutic elements for the children/youth in their care. These activities afford the children/youth the opportunity to both experience and develop interests and skills that can be meaningful in the overall treatment plan.

        * CCW3000   -   003   -   Youth in Health Care

        * CCW3010   -   003   -   Child And Adolescent Sexuality

          Prerequisites: CCW 1121, CCW 1221 This course is designed to provide an understanding of sex role behaviour and the expression of sexuality in society. This subject will serve as a general awareness of the historical, cultural, theoretical, and developmental expectations for existing sexual attitudes and behaviours. A major aim of this subject is to develop insight into how sexuality and gender affect the lives of children and adolescents. The Child and Youth Worker spends a great deal of time dealing with child and adolescent sexual development. It is essential that the Child and Youth Worker have insights and be aware of their sexual development and gender roles.

        * CCW3040   -   003   -   Counselling And Interviewing II

          Prerequisite: CCW 1240 Throughout the course, students will gain insight into both theoretical and practical aspects utilizing counselling techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the development of concepts, skills, and intervention strategies required of the Child and Youth Worker. Child and Youth Workers work as counsellors during planned sessions or spontaneous counselling opportunities. The focus of counselling in all situations is on listening, observing, giving feedback, and demonstrating empathy. This course will consist of lectures, discussions, presentations, and role-playing opportunities. The students will further their ability to understand themselves as helping professionals.

        * CCW3500   -   004   -   Program Development Skills

          This course will offer the student the opportunity to prepare more fully for a career as a child and youth worker. Areas of focus will include Suicide Intervention, and Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) reliability training. Certification will be provided for students who successfully complete the components.

        * CCW3510   -   001   -   Field Placement Seminar II

          This course helps students prepare for their final placement semester. Emphasis will be placed on familiarizing themselves with the agencies, schools, and residential settings used for fieldwork placement. Students will develop a clear understanding of the roles of a student on placement, as well as the roles of the CYW working in a range of agencies, schools, and residential settings. Students will be asked to identify their goals and objectives for their placement. Students will prepare for employment interviews and will have the opportunity to learn about and practice successful interviewing.

        * HSC3527   -   003   -   Nursing (Pharmacology)

          In this course, the student will gain a knowledge of basic medication preparation and administration. An overview of the classification of drugs will be provided, with an emphasis on medications commonly encountered by the Child and Youth Worker. This course will consist of a theory and laboratory component.

        * PSY2000   -   003   -   Abnormal Psychology

          Prerequisite: PSY 1050 Abnormal Psychology is the scientific study of abnormal behaviour and mental disorders. This course examines the causes,characteristics, and treatment approaches for a number of disorders and abnormal behaviours.

          Semester 6

        * CCW3690   -   018   -   Field Work II

          This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to enhance his/her skills in a second field placement setting. This full semester placement challenges the student to meet his/her personal learning goals, the goals of the agency/school, as well as those of the college. Successful completion of field placement is essential, and the major indicator of the student's ability to work effectively with children/youth and/or their families.

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