2014/15 Program

Child and Youth Worker - Accelerated

Our Program

This program makes it possible for students with previous postsecondary education to fast-track through the Child and Youth Worker advanced diploma program in 16 consecutive months without compromising the required internship. Studies begin in September, with graduation projected for December of the following academic year. Full-time and part-time program faculty are highly motivated and dedicated, and employ a team approach to student education.

Courses include: Psychology of the Family, Therapeutic Activities Programming, Child and Youth Worker Interventions, Human Sexuality, Psychology of Mental Health and Illness, and Treatment Philosophies. Humber’s comprehensive placement component entails three in-depth quality internships with different service providers – partnerships with more than 300 agencies provide varied placement opportunities.

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

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. The need is great and the CAS is only one career option open, especially now that the provincial government is putting an increased emphasis on the importance of child and youth workers. Work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, community programs, treatment residences, and custody homes. Work with teachers, social workers, psychologists or psychiatrists as part of a clinical team. After direct service work, choices expand to include more specialized or supervisory positions.

Work Placement

There are three unpaid internships. The first internship placement is chosen by the school in consultation with the student. For the second and third placement, the student submits placement choices with the school making the final decision. The first placement takes place in the second semester, January to April (three days per week). Third-semester placement runs from May to August (four days per week) and placement for the fourth semester is September to December (three days per week).

Our Industry Partnerships

Industry partners include: 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, George Hull Centre and Hincks Dellcrest.

Members of the Child and Youth Worker Advisory Committee represent a variety of settings in which child and youth workers are employed. Many are members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Graduates may apply to become members of: 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 – Accelerated 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 or COMM 300 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
  • A two-year postsecondary diploma or a minimum of two successful years of degree study
  • If English is not your first language, refer to English Language Proficiency Policy

Note: Students may apply for transfer credit and prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) to receive credit for previous academic accomplishments and professional experience.

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 three semesters is
• domestic $5,591.14
• international $20,562.50.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first three semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

$300 – $400 texts, supplies (per year); $110 crisis intervention training fees and $30 – $50 per semester for police record check (requested by placement agencies).

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the six-semester Child and Youth Worker postsecondary advanced diploma program 01041 and the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program 22231.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
CYW 103 Community Resources and Legislation
CYW 104 Introduction to Professional Skills
CYW 105 Therapeutic Activities Programming
CYW 151 Group Dynamics
CYW 108 Child and Youth Work Interventions 1
CYW 200 Assessment And Recording
CYW 111 Psychology of the Family

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
CYW 152 Integrative Seminar 1
CYW 154 Internship 1
CYW 201 Interviewing and Counselling
CYW 157 Child and Adolescent Development
CYW 209 Response to Abuse

Semester 3

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
CYW 208 Psychology of Mental Health and Illness

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
CYW 254 Interventions 3
CYW 159 Human Sexuality
CYW 255 Treatment Philosophies
CYW 256 Integrative Seminar 3
CYW 258 Internship 3