The majority of youth will develop naturally into law-abiding citizens. For some however, behavioural concerns may arise, which continue into adulthood. Some risk factors impact pro-social development and may result in the youth committing or repeating the commission of criminal offences. An understanding of the issues as well as prevention and intervention strategies can assist in reshaping this behaviour. Determined, passionate and patient, youth justice and interventions graduates combine their education and experience to make a positive impact on the lives of today’s youth.
Applicants whose first language is not English or who are internationally educated in a non‐English speaking country must meet Durham College’s English Language Proficiency Policy.
You must provide (at your own expense):
View full costs
View all courses
To help students succeed in programs with remote learning requirements, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified minimum technology recommendations. While these are not program requirements, these suggestions will help ensure students have the right tools to support a quality remote learning experience.
View all recommendations
View all career options
This program is designed for individuals with previous post-secondary education or work experience who wish to pursue a career in youth justice and interventions (see entrance requirements).
With a balanced view of justice and treatment philosophies, this challenging graduate program focuses on youth and intervention programs in our community. You learn how to put your skills into practice during your 176 hours of placement within the community.
You will learn how to work with youth in various settings including:
Specialized skill focus on:
You will have the opportunity to be engaged in hands-on learning, including the planning and presentation of our annual Youth Justice & Interventions Conference.
Students have the option to participate in the following professional development opportunities at a reduced cost:
This program is offered in a hybrid delivery format developed in response to changing student needs and a desire for more flexible schedules. The delivery method consists of a combination of face-to-face classes, online learning, weekend workshops and field placement opportunities.
You will benefit from condensed classes during the week, weekend workshop-style classes and independent, online learning that engages all types of learners and promotes both independent learning and team collaboration.
For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905.721.3000.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2023-2024 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes.
The field placement element is an important component of the second semester of the Youth Justice and Interventions graduate certificate program. The Youth Justice and Interventions students complete 176 hours of field placement. Field placements provide students with direct supervised experience in the field while they are still engaged in academic studies.
Students will work with the Field Placement Officer to secure their field placement position. Before confirming field placement, students are required to check with their Field Placement Officer to ensure it meets the requirements for field placement and that they have the necessary paperwork submitted before commencing.
In order to maintain confidentiality and security, the program utilizes an independent provider, Verified by Synergy Gateway for field placement documentation collection and validation. This process is the Electronic Student Permit Checking (ESPC). There is a cost associated with this external agency. Please refer to the Youth Justice and Interventions ESPC Information Package for details.
For more information contact Stephanie Tufts-Ellis, Student Advisor/Placement Officer.
Durham College also offers degree completion opportunities with a number of Canadian and international institutions. Sample diploma-to-degree opportunities include:
You may also apply for the bridging program with the Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech) to enter into the third year of the Ontario Tech four-year degree in Criminology: Youth Specialization
Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.
To help students have the best remote learning experience possible, Durham College’s IT Services department has identified technology recommendations for each program based on course needs and software requirements. While not required, students may want to consider these suggestions if they are purchasing a computer or laptop for the upcoming academic year.
Storage: 256GB SSD
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Professional or Education x64 SP1
Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome (newest version) or Firefox (newest version)
Network Adapter: 802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Camera: Webcam/built-in camera
Questions regarding technology recommendations can be directed to the IT Service Desk or the school office.