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Become a Professional Child and Youth Worker in Three Years

"A lot of what attracts people to this field is that they've had horrible situations and they   want to change things,"says Colleen Camps of the Child and Youth Worker program at  Centennial   College.   Camps   are   correct   as   this   field   entails   professionals   protecting  children   while   encouraging   their   growth.   Therefore,   compassion,   professionalism   and  personal experience  can actually benefit those who  want to work as Child and Youth  Workers.   However,   training   must   first   be   obtained   by   attending   a   post­secondary  institution such as Centennial College.  A   three­year   program,   the   Child   and   Youth   Worker   undertaking   teaches   students  everything from learn principles and philosophies to characteristics of relational child and  youth   work   practice   such   as   co­creating   relationships,   working   developmentally   and  understanding professional boundaries. "I've learned a lot about therapy, behaviour, why  kids or people in general behave the way they do,"says Sue­Ann Williams, a student in  the offering. "Some things that may seem like common sense before you come into the  program, once you get into the program; you realize there's a lot of research and theory  behind it." Williams is referring to the wide­range of courses in which students partake, including:  Developmental   Issues   In   Childhood   and   Adolescence   (examines,   identifies,   and  describes child and adolescent development from a chronological perspective, beginning  with   conception   to   the   periods   of   infancy,   childhood   and   adolescence);   Principles   of  Psychology   (goal   is   to   enable   learners   to   view   their   lives   and   interactions   from   a  psychological   perspective,   employing   scientific   methods   and   research   information);  Multimodal Therapies in Child & Youth Work (designed to explore a variety of approaches  to the treatment of children and youth. The course will focus on a cognitive behavioural  based framework, within which diverse modes of treatment will be introduced including   such topics as art, children's literature, music, movement, Television and other media);  and more.  The  other  vital   aspect  of  the   Child   and   Youth   Worker program  is  that  all   three   years   feature   field   placements   that   vary   between   two   and   four   days   per   week.   Centennial   College   requires   students   to   have   a   vulnerable   sector   criminal   check   prior   to   field  placement. Certain criminal convictions will disallow placement in these agencies and  program completion may not be possible. Students must also possess a standard first aid  and heart saver AED (C) certification. Lastly for placement, a medical certificate of health  Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Onta r io, Canada Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: success@centennialcollege.ca Page 1


is necessary to ensure freedom of communicable disease. The varying placements give  students   the   advantage   of   experiencing   a   multitude   of   job   settings   by   the   time   they  graduate. In  addition, supplemental training  is provided  in Understanding & Managing  Aggressive Behaviour (UMAB).  Applicants   to   the  Child   and   Youth   Worker   program  must   possess   an   Ontario  Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Also  required   are   compulsory   English   12C   or  U   or  skills  assessment   or  equivalent.  Lastly,  English proficiency will be considered and a program admission session will be required.  Possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the  Child and Youth Worker program. Upon graduation students are employed with agencies that work with troubled youths and  their families are in desperate need of professionally trained  child and youth workers.  These agencies include: residential, day treatment, community­based and young offender  programs, hospitals, crisis centres and shelters as well as schools. Author: Klaudia

View Source:  Centennial College – Canadian College, Toronto Education

Address: Centennial College, P.O. Box 631, Station A, Toronto M1K 5E9, Onta r io, Canada Tel: 416-289-5000, Email: success@centennialcollege.ca Page 2


Become a Professional Child and Youth Worker in Three Years  

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