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Child and Youth Care

Available at: Kingston


(Formerly Child and Youth Worker program)

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

Child and Youth Care practitioners 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 and may have a variety of diagnoses.

Additionally, increasing numbers of these youth are in conflict with the law and/or are receiving therapeutic intervention. Understanding the individual and the unique nature of his/her response is therefore an important first task. Child and Youth Care (CYC) practitioners 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.


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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

Program Code



Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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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 110 Activity-based Interventions
CAYW 111 Child Development
CAYW 113 Relational Practice
CAYW 114 Self-Care Reflective Practice
CAYW 1015 Foundations of the Child and Youth Care Profession
COMM 110 Communications for College
GENE General Education Course

Semester 2
CAYW 112 Trauma and Abuse
CAYW 120 Counselling Techniques
CAYW 121 Adolescent and Young Adult Development
CAYW 122 Behavioural Interventions
CAYW 125 Preparation for Field Practicum
CAYW 311 Mental Health in Children, Youth and Families
BEHA 5 Non Violent Crisis Intervention
GENE General Education Course

 Semester 3
CAYW 210 Counselling Theory in Practice
CAYW 1025 Field Practicum and Seminar 1
CAYW 211 Creative and Trauma-Informed Interventions
CAYW 200 Clinical Documentation Skills

Semester 4
CAYW 1026 Field Practicum and Seminar 2
CAYW 214 Group Counselling and Facilitation
CAYW 226 Working with Families
GENE General Education Course (Online)

Semester 5
CAYW 310 Addictions in Children, Youth and Families
CAYW 314 Social Activism and Advocacy
CAYW 1027 Field Practicum and Seminar 3
CAYW 316 Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity

Semester 6
CAYW 225 Human Sexuality
CAYW 1028 Field Practicum and Seminar 4
CAYW 315 Youth in Conflict with the Law
CAYW 309 Contemporary Trends in CYC

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.

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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


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.


I enrolled in the SLC Child and Youth Worker program after completing my BA in Psychology. The program was stimulating, the faculty was supportive and knowledgeable, and my diploma is the perfect complement to my BA – I had my dream job 4 months before graduation!

Sandra MacDonald

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 care 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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