Child and Youth Worker

The Child and Youth Worker program prepares individuals to provide care and treatment for children or adolescents experiencing a range of social, emotional, behavioral, or learning challenges.


Fall 2015
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: CYW
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Heather Sago Email
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Start Dates: September 08, 2015
Tuition Fees: $1,951.09 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
Winter 2016
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: CYW
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Heather Sago Email
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Start Dates: January 11, 2016
Tuition Fees: $1,893.09 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

Child and Youth Counsellors (CYCs) are involved in all facets of care from intake, to assessment, to program planning, to goal formulation, and intervention. Practitioners provide assistance through a variety of treatment strategies and work as an integral part of a treatment team. Child Youth Counsellors team up with teachers, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists as well as other social services providers to deliver a holistic approach to caregiving.

  • This program ensures that you will acquire the necessary skills for employment as a Child and Youth Worker and it  is designed to meet or exceed upcoming accreditation requirements in this field.
  • Three work placements provide varied practical experience and ample opportunity to hone skills to interact with this often challenging client group.
  • Courses include innovative and best practices required by the industry, such as trauma-informed practice and treating the family, as well as group dynamics, counselling, advocacy, legislation, crisis intervention, and family dynamics.

The philosophy of the program is to be thoroughly involved with the individual, using everyday occurrences as learning opportunities for growth and empowerment. The curriculum also encourages self-reflective practice of personal values, beliefs, attitudes and assumptions relating to human behavior and relationships. You will also learn self-care strategies to help navigate the impact of working in this sector.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be eligible to join the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Counsellors.

Why Choose Fleming

  • Small class sizes and individual attention enhance your learning experience
  • This program provides the in-depth training, academic and work placement experience necessary to be successful in this challenging yet rewarding field.
  • You will be supported by our knowledgeable and caring faculty who are experts in community and social services education.

Work Experience

Placements can take place locally or outside the Peterborough area. Placements are integrated with seminars to provide extra support and direction to students during the three placement experiences.

Is this You?

These traits and abilities will help you succeed in this program and career:

  • Compassionate and committed to making a difference in the lives of children, youth, families, and the community
  • Team player who thrives in a wide range of dynamic environments
  • Energetic, flexible, open-minded, creative, and responsible
  • Physical, emotional, and moral strength to work with challenges, such as addictions, mental health, abuse, trauma, and learning difficulties
  • Effective communicator
  • Calm under pressure

Career Opportunities

As a Child and Youth Counsellor, you can find employment in a variety of community-based organizations, public and private workplaces, including human service agencies, educational settings, health facilities, and recreational/ sports facilities. The increased need for CYWs in residential care settings has resulted in an accelerated hiring rate for locations such as group homes, residential and day treatment programs in children’s mental health centres, and treatment residences. CYWs work with a diverse range of people and personal circumstances, including:

  • Children and youth who have experienced traumatic events in their lives such as abuse and neglect
  • Children and youth struggling with mental challenges
  • Children, youth, and their families experiencing the impact of homelessness
  • Children and youth impacted by addictions, mental health issues
  • Children, youth and their families who have experienced violence
  • Families living in poverty
  • At-risk youth

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12)

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.


Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.


Prior to your first placement (start of third semester) and for all subsequent placements, students MUST:

  • Provide proof of currency of  Police Record Check, in order to work with criminal/vulnerable persons (valid for six months at a time)
  • Provide Standard First Aid and CPR-C Certificates (valid for two years at a time)

Students MAY:

  • Require proof of immunization, depending upon desired placements

Transfer Agreements

For more information see the Pathways to University page.

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