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Child and Youth Care (Fast-Track)

Available at: Kingston


(Formerly Child and Youth Worker program)

There are three ways to complete the Child and Youth Care worker program at St. Lawrence College:

Child and Youth Workers are specialists in facilitating change in children, youth and young adults who are experiencing a range of social, emotional and/or behavioural challenges. Children and youth respond to the impact of change, stress, loss, poverty, violence, abuse and neglect with a range of emotions and behaviours including confusion, anger, withdrawal, aggression, hopelessness, violence, and suicide. Many of the children or youth experience numerous challenges, or have been diagnosed with multiple problems.

Additionally, increasing numbers of these youths are young offenders who are in custody and/or are receiving some therapeutic intervention. Understanding the individual and the unique nature of his/her response is therefore an important first task. Child and Youth Care workers (CYCs) are a valuable resource to children, youth and their families in this process. They commit themselves to understanding and interacting in therapeutic relationships with these children, youth, and their families to promote and facilitate positive change.

The Child and Youth Care - Fast Track program is not open to International students.


Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to find answers to the Child and Youth Care program FAQs

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in:

  • Specialized educational programs;
  • Schools/residential treatment centres;
  • Group homes/youth detention centres; 
  • Before- and after-care school programs; 
  • Street/community work with children/youth;
  • Hospitals, children’s mental health centres;
  • Family and children’s services;
  • Self-employment initiatives.

Program Name

Child and Youth Care (Fast-Track)

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

To view a detailed fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2020-21

 Semester 1
CAYW 210 Counselling Theory in Practice
CAYW 214 Group Counselling and Facilitation
CAYW 215 Ethics and Practice in Crisis Intervention
CAYW 1017 Community Field Placement 1
CAYW 1025 Field Practicum and Seminar 1

Semester 2
CAYW 211 Creative and Trauma-Informed Interventions
CAYW 1019 Community Field Placement 2
CAYW 1026 Field Practicum and Seminar 2
COMM 11 Clinical Documentation Skills
FAMI 65 Family Based Practices

Semester 3
CAYW 310 Addictions in Children, Youth and Families
CAYW 311 Mental Health in Children, Youth and Families
CAYW 314 Social Activism and Advocacy
CAYW 1021 Community Field Placement 3
CAYW 1027 Field Practicum and Seminar 3

Semester 4
CAYW 225 Human Sexuality
CAYW 315 Youth in Conflict with the Law
CAYW 1023 Community Field Placement 4
CAYW 1028 Field Practicum and Seminar 4
GENE 123 Social Change in Your Community

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Bachelor's Degree in the social sciences or a college diploma community services.


    Criminal Background Check
    Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for pro­grams with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying. Criminal Background Checks should not be ordered until the student is advised to do so by CYC Faculty/Placement Clerk.

    Health Requirements


    Completion of the IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM is a MANDATORY condition for your clinical/practical placement. CYC students should have their immunizations completed before September, or during their first Fall semester of the CYC program. THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


    Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

    Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.


    The thing I liked most about SLC was the sense of community I fet while there. I'm currently doing my last placement in Fort Frances working with native youth and plan on getting a job out here. SLC definitely prepared me for my career as a CYW. My advice for student would be to get out of your comfort zone, because it is there that you will learn the most and challenge yourself everyday.

    Kyle Ozeroff

    Program Contact

    Tammy Kerr

    Admissions Information

    Connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Classes may be scheduled any time between 8:30am - 8:30pm.

    Professional Association

    In the Child and Youth Care program, students and faculty are encouraged to become members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care. As members we adopt and adhere to the Code of Ethics as professionals in the field of child and youth care.

    Field Placement

    The development of practical competence occurs through a series of field placements. Such extensive training allows students to build relationships with children and youth which are an essential part of the child and youth worker field.

    Field placement choices are made with the student’s personal growth in mind providing the student with the opportunity to develop his/her skills to be effective in the field. Specific field placement sites are not guaranteed, and some placements require specific criteria. Students work closely with Faculty to find an appropriate match.

    Advanced Standing

    Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.

    Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

    Students with life experiences may receive credit through the prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) process.

    Transfer Credits

    Students who have credits from another SLC program or another college or University that they would like to transfer should contact the Credit Transfer Advisor at for more information.

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