Humber’s Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program provides you with the knowledge and skills required for in-depth work with children, youth and community development. Your program will be based on the professional practice of child and youth care supported by the disciplines of psychology, sociology, community development, political science and education. The curriculum focuses on the theory and research of relational practice: building relationships to support children and youth in crisis or going through change.
You’ll learn from highly qualified professors, as well as from guest lecturers from the child and youth care practice field, youth in care and community representatives. You’ll have the unique opportunity to develop key skills under supervision in our state-of-the-art play therapy laboratory setting and our family therapy practice and children’s activity rooms.
Your courses integrate the study of developmental, preventative and therapeutic approaches in child and youth care and will teach you direct methods such as interviewing and counselling, responding to abuse, play therapy, and other intervention modalities taught from a strength-based perspective and within a caring, non-oppressive framework.
The first two years of the program provide you with a comprehensive understanding of child and youth development, as well as current methodologies in child and youth care professional practice.
In the final two years, you will be able to select from one of five areas of concentration – youth justice and advocacy, social policy and research, approaches to care, community development and youth engagement, and international perspectives – which will help you select a final thesis topic.
Every student will have the opportunity to complete a work placement in the summer before fourth year. You will select an option that furthers your professional interests and supports your development as a child and youth practitioner.
You will apply what you’ve learned to more advanced practice issues, including youth addiction, child protection, family counselling, working with youth from regions in conflict, responding to issues of child trauma, global perspectives of child and youth care, and working in community practice in remote locations.
In addition, a wide selection of liberal arts general elective courses will broaden your knowledge and build the context necessary for your professional career.