Child and Youth Care

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Program Overview

Child and Youth Care Workers impact young lives and help heal whole families. They support youth, children and families during emotional, social, behavioural or mental health challenges. During your work placement, you’ll learn facilitation and intervention skills that will prove useful in a variety of educational, community, residential, recreational and institutional settings. Youth and family agencies have the mission of growing healthy and happy communities and they’re always on the lookout for committed Child and Youth Care Workers to assist with this cause.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    As a graduate of this program, you may be employed by agencies or institutions designed to meet the needs of youth at risk as a behavioural aide, child and youth worker, drop-in centre worker, family service worker, youth worker or a group home worker.

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    Specific Considerations

    Two applied workplace experiences (12 weeks in total) will provide an opportunity to work in various child and youth care settings.

    Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned will likely be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

    Mature applicants with related experience or training who do not meet the academic admission requirements may be considered for acceptance following additional assessment carried out at NBCC Miramichi. Contact NBCC Miramichi for further direction.

    Prior to the beginning of the applied workplace experience, host facilities may require the completion of an Immunization and Medical Form, proof of valid CPR Level C Lifesaver certification and a driver's license. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she has met these requirements.

    Students may also be required to complete (at their own expense) a Prior Record Screening through Department of Social Development.

    Note: This program requires the use of a laptop computer as part of the learning experience. Your computer should meet the standard technical specifications to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. You can review these computer specifications here (under standard specifications).

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    Participants use a variety of sources to conduct research and use the results of research to produce short informal reports, discussion papers, and proposals.


    • COMM1155

    This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

    In this course, students write notebook, logbook, entries and reports following guidelines used by the related agencies. They will complete exercises that familiarize them with professional communication practices. The students will be required in work in groups to show the importance of the team concept in the field. This will be a very interactive course closely mirroring the writing and reporting responsibilities in the daily workplace routine.

    The purpose of this course is to prepare students for their Applied Workplace Experience (AWE).  They implement job readiness skills in preparing resumes, cover letters and a learning portfolio as well as participate in simulated interviews.  Students also research possible AWE opportunities related to their field of study.

    The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the historical, social and political factors that influenced the treatment of children and youth. The evolution of the child and youth care worker profession will be explored. This course will also introduce students to the role of the youth care worker. The student will begin to develop a personal philosophy central to youth care work and its ethics. Further, the course is to provide students with the ability to interpret and understand legislative statutes, which affect youth in the Province of New Brunswick.

    The purpose of the first field placement is to provide an orientation to the career and expose the student to practical experience in a youth care worker setting.


    • CSSC1044C

    This course provides the learner with a clear understanding of the role of counselling in helping others to develop coping and problem solving skills. Students participate in counselling role play and exercises designed to develop their listening and empathy skills.

    This course provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle as a professional in the youth care field. Students learn to lead by example by ensuring the maintenance of their own health and wellness in order to act as positive role models for young people in their care.

    The goal of this course is to develop skills necessary to support relationship building with youth through activity programming. Emphasis is placed on developing leisure, recreational, and therapeutic activities which support individual growth, social, and life development.

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for interventions with youth who are victims of abuse. Through exploration of the origins, symptoms and treatment of childhood abuse and victimization, students will link cognitive, behavioural and emotional reactions commonly associated with youth at risk.

    Students are exposed to an authentic youth care setting.  Under supervision, students will have an opportunity to apply classroom learning and skills in the workplace while receiving practical experience within the field.



    • CSSC1059G

    This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to examine concepts, principles and theories related to therapeutic group work.

    This course is designed to provide a safe, supportive, and secure environment for children and youth in residential care.

    This course is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge about correctional programs and services provided to youth in secure custody institutions. Students develop an understanding of operational and security practices related to facilities for youth who are committed to secure custody. They develop an understanding of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the overall process that youth in conflict with the law experience within the Criminal Justice System. Participants also learn about strategies and interventions appropriate to the management of youth behaviours and staff roles and responsibilities.

    This course is designed to build upon the Group Work: Process and Practice course. It provides an opportunity for practical application of group theory and practice. Students . Students will partner and collaborate with a community agency to choose a topic from the following areas: support, education, growth, therapy, or socialization.


    • CSSC1101

    The course is designed to address contemporary topics of interest to students, faculty or employers in the child and youth care field. Topics are selected for the semester from recent developments and trends in the profession or as a result of sector specific skill development needs. The course may introduce new or emerging aspects in the field or showcase research. The course is designed to build in-depth knowledge and enhance practical understanding on the part of the student. The student is challenged to demonstrate substantive knowledge of relevant subject matter; grading emphasis is placed on assignments typical to actual practice.

    The Criminal Justice System consists of three agencies of social control: the police, the courts and the correctional system. Students in this course become familiar with the roles and functions of these three agencies, how they relate to each other, and how Criminal Law impacts all three. Throughout the course, they have an opportunity to critically analyze the various components of the justice system, as well as examine the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the system. They also explore contemporary issues, including public/private relationships in the law enforcement context, public involvement in criminal justice processes, restorative justice, victims of crime, youth justice and programs designed to reduce crime and rehabilitate offenders.

    This course will give the students a better understanding of what constitutes crime and the theories used to explain crime. Further, the course will introduce the student to the discipline of criminology, its basic concepts, theories and how they apply to the various types of criminal behaviour.

    This course provides the learner with information and the opportunity to explore support measures for those with mental health issues.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    The purpose of this course is to prepare students for success in their chosen field. Students learn what is expected of them as professionals by relating various skills and interventions learned in class to the workplace. Self-awareness will be addressed in preparing for the challenging and rewarding applied workplace experiences. They problem-solve case scenarios specific to the field incorporating professional and ethical decision-making abilities.

    This course provides students with an understanding of the effects of grief on an individual. Students assess their personal grief experiences in order to prepare them to develop strategies to effectively intervene with individuals who are grieving.

    This course provides the student with the knowledge base for critical thinking about abnormal psychology as it relates to the study of human behavioural disorders.  The students gain appreciation of contemporary issues in the field of abnormal psychology through examining empirical research that explores classification, etiology and treatment of behavioural disorders.


    • PSYC1072A

    This course provides the students with the knowledge and skills required to design and implement behaviour modification programs for youth. Emphasis is placed on a variety of techniques and ethical concerns associated with behavioural management intervention of youth.

    Students are introduced to the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of the field of psychology. They explore such topics as history, research methods, sensation, perception, consciousness, memory, and intelligence using critical thinking and skeptical inquiry.

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts, patterns and principles that govern human growth and development from conception throughout the life span, while focusing on adolescence.  The areas of study will include physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development to enable the student to understand self and others while working effectively in the helping field.

    The purpose of this course is to examine the underlying concepts and principles that influence the ways people behave and communicate with each other. With an increased awareness of these factors that affect interpersonal relationships, the student will critically assess how these concepts can be applied in practice both personally and professionally.

    This course  provides students with the basic computer skills and knowledge required to work effectively in today’s technological-based workplace.  Students learn the appropriate and secure use of email and file management while developing internet research, word processing and presentation software skills commonly used within the field.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    Students expand their awareness of the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively interact with and/or serve diverse populations as they explore attitudes and competencies that are important in effective professional relationships. 

    This course uses a sociological approach to identifying issues arising from deviant phenomena in modern society. Students examine criminal deviance, sexual deviance, and other deviant behaviours.

    This course focuses upon the major historical influences impacting the Canadian family and explores the definitions of the post-modern family in Canadian society. Students will develop a framework of knowledge about contemporary issues affecting the family and recognize the impact these issues have on individual family members. They will also develop skills for assessing – from an operational perspective – influences which affect a family's values and beliefs.

    Students study victims of crime and the factors connected to victims. The course encompasses a historical perspective outlining theories, legislation, agencies and various services provided to crime victims associated with the criminal justice system. An examination of different types of victims throughout this course will provide students with information necessary to engage appropriately when working with victims as a professional in the human services field.

    Students are introduced to the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of the field of sociology. They explore such topics as sociological imagination, research, culture, and socialization. 

    NOC Codes

    4212 - Social and community service workers

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB Canada
    Articulation Period: No End Date
    Information: Eligible graduates of  the Criminal Justice programs may apply to St. Thomas to complete a further two years of study culminating in the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Criminal Justice (BAA) degree.  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70 (70%) is required  for courses taken in the diploma programmes at NBCC.  In addition, students must meet the minimum average of 2.70 (70%) on the following courses, if taken as part of the diploma programme: Sociology, Psychology, Deviance, Criminal Justice, Abnormal Psychology, Criminology, and Victimology.


    Institution: Griffith University, Logan and Gold Coast, Australia
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Griffith University will grant up to one and a half (1.5) years of advanced standing (i.e., entry into the fourth semester) of the Bachelor of Human Services degree to graduates of the Child and Youth Care program.

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