This advanced diploma program is a three-year, fast-track program delivered over two calendar years. You will be required to complete academic and field placement components during the spring and summer of both years.
Designed to prepare you to provide frontline treatment services to young people with complex special needs you will receive specific education and skill development related to:
- Child management techniques
- Designing treatment programs (for individuals and groups)
- Family support interventions
- Therapeutic relationships
- Working with multidisciplinary teams
The curriculum encourages self-reflective practice that will enable you to explore your values, beliefs, attitudes and assumptions related to human behaviour and relationships.
Faculty will work closely with you to support skill development and growth in communication techniques and counselling theory and practice.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Develop and maintain relationships with children, youth and their families applying principles of relational practice and respecting their unique life space, cultural and human diversity.
- Assess and respond to the strengths and needs of children and youth, including complex responses impacted by developmental, environmental, physical, emotional, social and mental health challenges in order to promote positive change.
- Analyze and evaluate the impact of the inter-relationship among family, social service, justice and community systems on children, youth and their families and use this information in the planning of holistic care and in the reduction of systemic barriers.
- Plan, implement and evaluate interventions using evidence informed practices in the areas of therapeutic milieu and programming, and group work to promote resiliency and to enhance development in children, youth and their families.
- Advocate for the rights of children, youth and their families and maintain an anti-oppression perspective and cultural competence in diverse cultural contexts.
- Apply communication, teamwork and organizational skills within the interprofessional team and with community partners to enhance the quality of service in child and youth care practice.
- Develop and implement self-care strategies using self-inquiry and reflection processes to promote self-awareness and to enhance practice as a child and youth care practitioner.
- Use evidence-based research, professional development resources and supervision models to support professional growth and lifelong learning.