2014/15 Program

Child and Youth Worker

Our Program

Humber’s Child and Youth Worker advanced diploma program teaches you to become an effective ally to children in need. This advanced diploma in youth work features courses that provide foundational knowledge on childhood and adolescent development, group dynamics, psychology, human sexuality and treatment philosophies. Other courses delve into child and youth worker interventions, therapeutic activities programming, assessing and recording cases, interviewing and counselling children, and liaising with community resources.

The Child and Youth Worker advanced diploma 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 internships 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.

Your Career

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 (CASs) responded to more than 167,900 calls from professionals and concerned members of the community about the possible abuse and neglect of children. These are just some of the individuals who can benefit from the services and support of a child and youth worker. Well-trained, highly skilled and passionate about helping kids, you will work for their best interests by intervening in cases of suspected abuse, developing therapeutic activity programs and making connections to community resources.

As a graduate, you’ll 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.

Work Placement

Internship is a critical component of this 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 students’ own communities outside of Toronto. All placements are unpaid.

In first year, the school – in consultation with the student – chooses the 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, the student submits 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.

Our Industry Partnerships

This program has partnerships with over 300 agencies that provide placement opportunities for students: 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.

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.org; Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists – oaccpp.ca; and the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations – cyccanada.ca.

Your Future Study Options

Child and Youth Worker 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. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements

• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status

• Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy

• Four Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above

• Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Additional Requirements

Note: These additional requirements are not Child and Youth Worker program admission requirements. However, they will be required when applying to prospective internships during the program.

  • Valid HeartSaver Automated External Defibrillator (AED) (C), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (C) and Standard First Aid certificates. 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 directly to successful applicants
  • Employers who provide field placement opportunities may require students to undergo a police record check for criminal offences, and mandatory bonding is a requirement for some sectors of the corrections field. It is important for potential students to understand that the requirements noted above are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program, including the field placement component, and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this 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 and the types of checks required by the various agencies, please do not attain a police record check prior to being accepted to the program. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,784.56
• international $13,900.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

$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).

Alternative Course of Study

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 100 College Reading and Writing Skills
CYW 100 Child Development
CYW 103 Community Resources and Legislation
CYW 104 Introduction to Professional Skills
CYW 102 Group Dynamics 1
CYW 108 Child and Youth Work Interventions 1

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 200 Workplace Writing Skills
CYW 150 Adolescent Development
CYW 151 Therapeutic Activities Programming
CYW 152 Integrative Seminar 1
CYW 154 Internship 1
CYW 206 Group Dynamics 2

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
CYW 200 Assessment And Recording
CYW 201 Interviewing and Counselling
CYW 204 Psychology of Mental Health and Illness 1
CYW 207 Child and Youth Work Interventions 2
CYW 111 Psychology of the Family
CYW 209 Response to Abuse

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
CYW 202 Integrative Seminar 2
CYW 203 Internship 2: Organizational Skills
CYW 205 Internship 2: Clinical Skills
CYW 206 Internship 2: Personal Skills
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences

Semester 5

Course Code Course Name
CYW 254 Interventions 3
CYW 159 Human Sexuality
CYW 302 Issues in Child and Youth Work
CYW 255 Treatment Philosophies
CYW 304 Psychology of Mental Health and Illness 2
GNEDG000 General Education Electives

Semester 6

Course Code Course Name
CYW 351 Internship 3: Organizational Skills
CYW 256 Integrative Seminar 3
CYW 354 Internship 3: Clinical Skills
CYW 352 Internship 3: Personal Skills
GNEDG000 General Education Electives