Child and Youth Worker Program Provides Access to Facilities that Enhance Learning Do you have excellent written and oral communication skills; decision making and problem solving skills; the desire, ability and maturity required to engage in intense therapeutic relationships with children, youth and families; the ability to be reliable and consistent; the flexibility and creativity required to adopt new ways of doing things; the ability to work in a team environment with children, youth, and families, and other professionals; enjoy working with young people and families, keeping in touch with others involved in the helping process; and finding innovative solutions to problems? If so, according to Alberta Learning Informative Service, you may have what it takes to become a Child and Youth Worker â€“ and Centennial College has just the program for you. The three-year offering is open to applicants who have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older); and English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or are willing to take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission. Students take classes from the collegeâ€™s Progress Campus, which includes a specially designed communications lab that is used extensively for interactive learning activities, counseling simulations and small group observation and feedback. This is a vital feature as the program prides itself on a hands-on approach to teaching. Additionally, the campus is centrally located and easily accessible by public transit. Not only is the content in the offering reviewed and revised annually to ensure that courses and assignments are based on current research and best practices, it is also presented by a highly supportive faculty group. These instructors have extensive teaching and field experience and work closely with students to develop their full potential. Among the specific topics that students are taught are: principles of psychology, child and adolescent mental health, advocacy and law in childrenâ€™s mental health, working with traumatized children and youth, child abuse, crisis theory and intervention, and more. While students receive an extensive amount of hands-on training on campus, the Child and Youth Worker program recognizes the importance of applying newly acquired knowledge to the field. As such, students participate in three field experiences during which they are supervised by faculty members while relating skills such as counseling, group work, and treatment planning. Possible placement opportunities include: residential and day treatment programs, hospitals, young offender programs, crisis centres, community-based programs and shelters. To partake in the field placements, students must: obtain a clear police check with vulnerable sector screening; provide proof of immunization requirements; successfully complete a standard first aid and heart saver AED(C) certification; and provide a medical certificate of health to ensure freedom of communicable disease. It is worth noting that professionals who work with troubled youth and their families are in high demand by agencies serving these populations.
Published on Jun 23, 2014
Published on Jun 23, 2014
This article draws attention to particular aspects of the Child and Youth Worker program at Centennial College that are beneficial to studen...