Child and Youth Care

Child and Youth Care (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Six semesters, beginning in September and January


Child and Youth Care

Contact Information

Brenda Webb, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79261


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,894.28
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

$300 to $400 – texts, supplies (per year); $180 – crisis intervention training fees (over three years); $30 to $50 – police record check (as requested by placement agencies).


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberClosed
2017 JanuaryOpen

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
– Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above
• Mature student status
• College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee

Additional Requirements

Note: The following additional requirements are not admission requirements. However, they will be required when applying to prospective work placements during the program.

• Valid Standard First Aid with CPR-C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Documentation will be requested during your program of study, every semester prior to the assignment of student internships

• Medical Certificate of Health including immunization against Hepatitis B (prior to field placement component of program); medical forms will be provided to students to complete one semester prior to the work placement

• Community partners who provide field placement opportunities will require students to undergo a vulnerable sector police record check for criminal offences. It is important for potential students to understand that this requirement is beyond the control of Humber. Students must meet the screening criteria of work placement agencies. A student with a record may not be approved to work by the agencies, and this may prevent students from completing the work placement component necessary to fulfill the requirements of the diploma. Applicants who have a criminal record are encouraged to apply for a pardon, if eligible, prior to or upon admission to the program.

Note: A police record check will be requested during your program of study. In respect of the 90-day limit on validity of record checks, they are typically applied for a month prior to work placement. Faculty will support students to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.

Our Program

Humber’s Child and Youth Care (CYC) advanced diploma program teaches you to engage with children, youth and families in their everyday lives to promote optimal development and facilitate positive changes by using the principles of relational practice. This program features courses that provide foundational knowledge in childhood, adolescent and family development, group dynamics, CYC interventions and therapeutic activities. Other courses delve into professional ethics and advocacy, the unique role of the child and youth care practitioner, counselling techniques, effective work with families, the impact of trauma and how to build resiliency. You will learn that an essential component of professional practice is self-awareness, therefore, many courses emphasize self-reflection and the classroom is considered a professional practice environment.
Our program is delivered by award-winning faculty, renowned in their field, with current relevant experience and advanced degrees. The program embraces the approach of learning by doing. You will participate in multiple quality work placements to gain first-hand experience in a variety of settings. This program has typically enjoyed an extremely high rate of graduate employment.

Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about this program. For dates, call 416.675.6622 ext. 3484.

List of Courses

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Your Career

With Humber’s Child and Youth Care advanced diploma program, you can enjoy the rewards of a career where you make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and youth by:
– understanding and learning about the complex challenges faced by children, youth and families, due to factors such as socioeconomic concerns, mental health or cognitive issues or developmental challenges
– building on strengths and capacities, and working collaboratively in ways that respect peoples unique physical, cultural and social contexts
– developing therapeutic relationships
– utilizing daily life events as opportunities to promote and facilitate positive change
– seeking out and connecting children, youth and their families with relevant, culturally specific and appropriate community resources
– working as part of an inter-professional team.

Our graduates enter a field with opportunities in a variety of settings, including:
– Children’s Aid Societies
– community-based child and youth development programs
– parent education and family support
– school-based programs
– youth and women’s shelters
– open custody group homes for young offenders
– residential and day treatment programs in children’s mental health centres
– psychiatric hospitals
– early intervention and prevention programs.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC) – visit; the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) – visit; and the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations – visit

Our Industry Partnerships

This program has partnerships with more than 300 agencies that provide placement opportunities for students, including Youth Without Shelter, Peel Children’s Centre, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board, Toronto District School Board, The Hospital for Sick Children, Etobicoke Children’s Centre and Children’s Aid Societies.

Our advisory committee is made up of people with extensive experience in the child and youth care profession, and represent a variety of settings in which child and youth care practitioners are employed. Many are also members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors.

Work Placement

Work placements are a critical component of Humber’s program. There is an exciting variety of innovative and traditional placements available in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Placements can also be arranged in your own community. All placements are unpaid. Humber has established partnerships that have agreed to take Humber students.

For the first placement, opportunities tend to be school based and occur two days a week for fifteen weeks.

For the final two placements, you will be able to submit four to five placement choices, with the school making the final decision. The majority of students receive one of their choices. These work placements run four days per week.

Your Future Study Options

Child and Youth Care diploma program graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 70 per cent or more may be considered for admission to Humber’s Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program 22231 and may then complete the degree program with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Graduates must also possess ENG4U or Humber’s COMM 200/WRIT 100 or COMM 300/WRIT 200 with a grade of 70 per cent or more.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institututions. Visit Transfer Options for detailed information.


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