With Humber’s Child and Youth Worker advanced diploma program, you can enjoy the rewards of a career where you make a meaningful difference in the lives of children in need by ensuring their protection, safety and well-being.
The 2012 Child Welfare Report indicates that Ontario’s Children’s Aid Societies (CAS) responded to more than 167,900 calls from professionals and concerned members of the community about the possible abuse and neglect of children. As a child and youth worker, you will intervene in cases of suspected abuse, develop therapeutic activity programs and make connections to community resources.
Our graduates encounter a field loaded with opportunities in a variety of settings, including CAS, open custody group homes for young offenders, residential and day treatment programs in children’s mental health centres, schools, psychiatric hospitals and treatment residences.
Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition
Humber’s diploma is the one most frequently recognized as qualifying people to work therapeutically with children and youth experiencing emotional, behavioural, psychiatric and social difficulties.
Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC) – visit oacyc.org; the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) – visit oaccpp.ca; and the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations – visit cyccanada.ca.
Our Industry Partnerships
This program has partnerships with over 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 Casatta.
Our advisory committee is made up of people with extensive experience in the child and youth worker profession, and represent a variety of settings in which child and youth workers are employed. Many are also members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors.
Internship is 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.
In first year, the school – in consultation with you – chooses your placement, which runs from September to December or January to April (depending upon intake) for two days a week.
In the final two years of the program, you will submit placement choices, with the school making the final decision. These internships run from September to December or January to April (depending upon intake) for four days per week.
Alternative Course of Study
Humber also offers the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program 22231 and the Child and Youth Worker – Accelerated advanced diploma program 10421.
Your Future Study Options
Child and Youth Worker 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 institutions. Visit humber.ca/transferoptions for detailed information.