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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Child and Youth Care

Help young people overcome life's toughest challenges.

Sheridan’s Child and Youth Care program prepares you to work with young people who are experiencing significant life challenges.

Exceptional educators, innovative learning

All of our professors have been active in the field within the past five years. Their curriculum is cutting edge and provides a strong theoretical and practical foundation for your future career. You'll learn to develop and implement a range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies based on a foundational understanding of human development, family systems and cultural diversity.

Things you'll learn to do

  • Develop and implement prevention, intervention and treatment strategies based on an understanding of human development, family systems and cultural diversity.
  • Guide at-risk youth through their daily challenges.
  • Teach social and life skills and support efforts to manage behaviour.
  • Facilitate personal growth and positive change in young people.

Hands-on experience

You'll complete four semesters of field practicum in two locations that may include youth justice, foster homes, shelters, residential treatment facilities and community outreach programs. Three days each week will be spent in the field, and the other two days will include a unique lab class and complementary course work, lending support to your field experience.

Additional information

The Child and Youth Care program promotes a strength-based approach to practice that focuses on encouraging a child’s strengths in overcoming their struggles. The curriculum is cutting edge and focused on the current resources and situations faced by youth and child care workers in Canada.

You'll learn through:

  • Hands-on experiential activities.
  • Collaborative group assignments that develop problem-solving skills.
  • Presentations by guest speakers and agencies.
  • Role-playing activities.
  • Class discussions and case studies.

Program Offerings

  • Ontario College Advanced Diploma

    • Full-Time
    • 3 yrs (6 semesters)
    • Program code: PCYCD