Make a difference in children’s lives
Child and Youth Care
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
TUITION & FEES
You must complete 20 courses to graduate. Courses are listed by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in two years as a full-time student.
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|CBLE1010|| Understanding Community I |
This introductory course for students in a Community Studies program provides the opportunity to explore the variety of organizations, programs, and services offered in the community. Students will research community resources, agencies, and services, and field trips will provide them with a unique opportunity to get to know their community. Students will then critically reflect on their experiences and the importance of service to self and community.
|COMM1007 (O)|| Written Communication |
This course focuses on the development and practice of writing skills and forms of written communication required for success in educational and human services settings. Topics include an overview of the writing process, using correct grammar, developing writing strategies, writing essays, writing for business, and proofreading.
|COMP1016 (O)|| Utilizing Technology |
This course provides learners with the skills they need to create the documents, spreadsheets, and presentations needed in college human services programs and employment in human services.
|CYCD1000|| Child and Adolescent Development |
This introductory course focuses on the typical development of the individual through childhood and adolescence. Physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and moral development will be explored. Students will develop a framework for understanding and supporting children and youth.
|CYCD1002|| Introduction to Child and Youth Care Practice |
This course focuses on working with children and youth, family and community using a social justice lens and Indigenous perspectives. Learners will gain an understanding of the history of colonization and the impact of residential schools on Indigenous peoples, and the implications of this for their work. Explore the professional and ethical competencies of a child and youth care practitioner in the various milieus within a Canadian context.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|COMM1001 (O)|| Introduction to Communications |
Explore the fundamentals of communication and interpersonal relationships. Examine effective communication, barriers to effective communication, and specific communication strategies that can improve interactions with others and enhance critical thinking skills. Learn and apply theories related to communication climate, groups, teams, conflict management, and problem solving.
|CYCD1003|| Activity Planning |
This course will equip students with a range of strategies and skills to develop, lead, and support a range of intentional activities for children and youth. Students will consider activity planning as an intervention, in addition to identifying activities that bring joy and wonder into an individual’s life. Strategies for evaluating activities will be explored.
|CYCD1004|| Trauma-Informed Practice |
In this course, students will examine the broad range of trauma and abuse issues in the lives of children, youth, and families. Students will explore how attitudes, values, and experiences affect our perceptions and judgements when dealing with the subjects of abuse and trauma. Students will examine the legacy of colonization and residential schools, the impact on families, and intergenerational trauma. The role of the child and youth care practitioner in assessing, reporting, and supporting children, youth, and families will be discussed.
|CYCD1200|| Child and Youth Care Practicum I |
This introductory practicum provides students with an opportunity to practise the beginning skills of the child and youth care practitioner under the supervision of the NorQuest practicum supervisor and a designated mentor in the community setting. In the seminar portion, students will explore Indigenous ways of being and knowing. Students will observe and discuss child and youth care practice and develop observation and assessment skills in Indigenous and multicultural contexts.
|DISB1005|| Exceptionalities I |
Students will examine various conditions that impact individuals across the lifespan. Students will discuss current definitions, characteristics and traits, and aspects of support.
|Term 3 - 16 weeks|
|CYCD2000|| Diversity and Difference in Child and Youth Care |
Students will explore diversity and difference to increase their awareness of cultural complexities in diverse social environments. They will discuss how diversity and difference impact individuals’ lived experiences, perceptions, and understanding of identity. Issues of social justice will be explored from both current and historical perspectives.
|CYCD2002|| Family Dynamics |
Beginning with the self, students will explore how families are integrated into broader social systems and how social power and inequality shape Canadian families. Students will gain an understanding of how the family is critical to social development and socialization, and examine families from a personal and mainstream system perspective, as well as from diverse Indigenous and multicultural perspectives. Current issues that impact families in Canada will be discussed.
|CYCD2003|| Supporting Self-Regulation and Neuro Diversity |
In this course, students explore the concept of neuro diversity, as well as the attitudes, values, and skills that support children and youth in self-regulation. The concept that behaviour is communication will be discussed. Students will develop strategies to support positive behaviour and self-regulation. The adult role in modelling self-regulation and low-arousal strategies will be examined.
|CYCD2004|| Mental Health and Addictions |
Students will explore the relationship between addictions and mental health. Evidence-based strategies for understanding mental illness and addiction, and supporting children, youth, and families will be discussed. Students will examine different models of understanding mental health and addiction in the context of the brain and behaviour.
|CYCD2100|| Child and Youth Care Practicum II |
Students will have the opportunity to practise entry-level skills and competencies of a child and youth care worker under the supervision of the NorQuest practicum supervisor and a designated mentor in the community setting. In the seminar portion, activity planning, implementation, and evaluation, as well as Indigenous ways of knowing and being, will be further explored. Learners will observe and discuss child and youth care practice and develop observation and assessment skills in Indigenous and multicultural contexts.
|Term 4 - 16 weeks|
|CYCD2005|| Ethics, Law, Observation and Documentation |
The focus of this course is an in-depth examination of ethics and law as they relate to child and youth care. Students will explore the benefits and disadvantages of established social policies from the perspectives of marginalized groups, and consider how the laws and ethics apply to practice. Students will also examine observation and documentation practices in child and youth care.
|CYCD2006|| Promoting Well-Being and Resiliency |
Students will develop strategies to support children and youth to build resiliency in encouraging environments. They will explore the protective factors that support positive attitudes and goals, allowing vulnerable children and youth to be successful in spite of challenging circumstances and experiences.
|CYCD2007|| Working with Groups |
Students will discuss the role of groups in the life space. Students examine the role of groups in the treatment of children and youth, and identify values and practices that differ across cultures and consequently impact group work. Students will develop and apply group facilitation skills in the classroom.
|CYCD2008|| Relational Practice with Families |
Developing positive relationships is critical to supporting children, youth, and families. This course will explore the power of positive relationships when working with families and how to develop intentional relationships with families to support positive outcomes for children and youth using family systems theory.
|CYCD2200|| Child and Youth Care Practicum III |
Students will demonstrate the entry-level skills and competencies of a child and youth care worker under the supervision of the NorQuest practicum supervisor and a designated mentor in the community setting. In the seminar portion, activity planning, implementation, and evaluation, as well as Indigenous ways of knowing and being, will be further explored. Learners will observe and discuss child and youth care practice, and develop observation and assessment skills in Indigenous and multicultural contexts.
Courses marked with (O) are available through Open Studies.