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 families. The program is 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 experiences of challenge and 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 interview labs, therapeutic play laboratory setting, our family practice room and children’s activity room.
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, therapeutic play, and other intervention modalities taught from a strength-based perspective and within a caring, anti-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 engage in courses related to five areas of concentration in the program – youth justice and advocacy, social policy and research, approaches to care, community development and youth engagement, and international perspectives. The curriculum and work placement experiences throughout the program will support you to select a focus for your final thesis project in fourth year.
Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Describe, analyze and evaluate key concepts, ethics, values and theoretical approaches (historical and contemporary) in child and youth care and related community development.
Analyze issues of social diversity and equality and their effects in relation to child and youth care and community development.
Plan, implement, assess and evaluate child-centred & family-centred programs to meet the needs of clients, staff, families and community.
Identify the challenges and rewards of working with children and youth especially those with physical, behavioural, social, and developmental issues in independent, organizational, institutional and community settings.
Identify and evaluate alternatives to the current child and youth intervention strategies, with a view to anticipating future directions.
Advocate for the holistic development of children and youth.
Develop and maintain constructive relationships and partnerships with clients, professionals and the community demonstrating effective conflict management skills.
Describe and evaluate the complex role of the community in child and youth development.
Identify and implement the process of program management, measuring the cost and effectiveness of child and youth care and development.
Examine & apply various research methods assessing the appropriateness of their use.
Adhere to the laws, codes, regulations, standards and practices to protect the health, safety and welfare of clients, the public and other professionals involved in child and youth care community development initiatives with children and youth.
Identify and implement community development processes measuring the cost and effectiveness of child and youth community development programs.
Analyze contemporary issues in child and youth care including nutrition, literacy, poverty, homelessness, addictions, violence, substance use, crime, resilience and determinants of health.
Evaluate social justice and political issues in regards to child and youth care and community development practices at local, national and global levels.
Develop curriculum, programs and strategies for children, youth and the community which reflect current educational theory and pedagogy.
Demonstrate self-awareness, self-confidence, self-direction, self-management, self-reflection and self-care in one’s professional development.
Beginning in the first semester, you will have the opportunity to participate in an introductory field project that will enable you to apply theory to practice. In your second semester, you will be prepared for more advanced field projects by part- icipating in our Professional Practice course, enabling you to then select and learn through field projects beginning in Semester 3. These projects will support you to develop your skills working in the community with children, youth and families.
In addition, you will be required to complete a 14-week unpaid work placement between third and fourth year.
The combination of work placements and field projects will enable you to build therapeutic relationships, role model your professional skills and link academic theory to child and youth care practice.
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Humber’s four-year Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program is firmly grounded in the disciplines of child and youth care psychology, sociology, community development, political science and education. Watch the video to hear what our faculty have to say about the program.
This community-oriented program is delivered by experienced professors who are active in the child and youth care profession. Drawing on years of professional and academic experience, your professors will help you learn the skills and knowledge you will need to help children, youth and families develop positive strategies for change in their lives and communities.View Faculty Credentials
PhD (Criminology) - Simon Fraser University, BC
MA (Criminology) - Simon Fraser University, BC
BA (Sociology) - Queen's University
Professor and Program Coordinator
PhD - Queens University
MA - Brock University
BA - Brock University
PhD (School and Clinical Child Psychology) - OISE, University of Toronto
MA (School and Clinical Child Psychology) - OISE, University of Toronto
BSc (Combined Honours Biology and Psychology) - York University
PhD - University of Toronto
MEd - University of Toronto
BA Psychology - York University
MSc (Family Work) – Nova Southeastern University, USA
BA (Child and Youth Care) – Ryerson Polytechnic University
Diploma (Child and Youth Worker) (Honours) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
PhD (Candidate) – University of Waterloo
MA – Queen's University
BA – St. Thomas University, NB
PhD - Brock University
MA - Brock University
BA - Ryerson
MEd (Adult Education - Community Development) – OISE, University of Toronto
Bachelor of Community Welfare (Youth Work) – University of Western Sydney, Australia
Diploma (Child and Youth Worker) – Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
PhD (candidate) (Adult Education - Community Development) - OISE, University of Toronto
MEd (Adult Education - Community Development) - OISE, University of Toronto
BA (Child and Youth Care) - Ryerson University
Diploma (Child and Youth Care Worker) - Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Program Coordinator and Professor
MEd (Adult Education, Community, International, and Transformative Learning) – OISE, University of Toronto
BFA (Drama in Education) – Concordia University, PQ
MEd (Counselling Psychology) – OISE, University of Toronto
BA (Psychology) – University of Western Ontario
Diploma (CCW) – George Brown College
Our program allows you the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of children, youth and communities.
You may find yourself in a variety of roles such as:
Employment opportunities exist in a variety of settings such as:
Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors (OACYC) and the Council of Canadian Child and Youth Care Associations (CCCYCA).
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
Humber’s School of Social & Community Services has earned an excellent reputation within the child and youth care community and profession. Our community partners include:
Humber Bachelor of Child and Youth Care students have the opportunity to attend and host many industry events throughout the year. Students are encouraged to become involved in the multitude of program and school activities that promote professional development and practice.
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