Our continuous intake model means you don’t need to wait until September, you can start training towards a career you love as soon as you are ready.

FOR ANY INQUIRIES CALL: 1-877-297-0777



TIME:Morning or Afternoon
NOC Code:4212
PROGRAM OUTLINEChild and Youth Care Worker Program Outline NS


Can you see yourself empowering young people to overcome their daily challenges? Child and Youth Care Workers are responsible for therapeutic rapport and helping children, adolescents, and their families with concerns regarding social, emotional, behavioural, and mental health issues.

Your role will require high levels of compassion and professionalism as you work with other industry professionals to analyze and determine the best course of action for the well-being of children, youth and their families.


  • 6-week field placement
  • In-class Guest Speakers



Adult Development

This module will teach students how to identify the physical, social, cognitive and emotional development in adulthood along with the challenges that could occur. Students will become aware of theoretical frameworks of adult development and apply these theories to problem solving practical scenarios with adults. This module covers factors which support and foster resilience in healthy development in adulthood. Students will learn how values and beliefs impact ones approach with adults.

Adolescent Development

This module focuses on the ways which adolescent develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally and identifies the challenges that could occur during adolescent development. Students will apply adolescent development theories to problem solving practical scenarios with youth and families. This module will introduce factors which foster resilience in healthy development in adolescence and will identify sexual differences amongst adolescents. Students will develop an understanding of how individual beliefs and values impact one's approach with youth.

Child Development

This module will identify major developmental milestones and challenges from conception to 11 years of age (middle childhood). Students will become aware of the theoretical frameworks of childhood development and will apply these theories to problem solving practical scenarios with children and families. This module will outline factors which support and foster resilience and healthy development in childhood.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level I

This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level II

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.

Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity

The emphasis of this module will be to identify local minorities in provincial areas and the various norms, practices, values and beliefs of these minorities. Students will design and present an oral presentation on a specific ethnic or cultural background different from their own. Students will discuss and demonstrate the awareness of subcultures in our society and social issues and challenges facing minorities and subcultures. This module also focuses on cultural differences in the workplace as it relates to both colleagues and clients and will identify the various cultural associations and organizations in the area.

Child & Youth Care Issues

This module focuses on exploring attachment issues; sexual abuse and trauma; Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and AIDS; street trade and human trafficking; and domestic abuse. Students will learn about the issues of homelessness and will be able to identify the causes and effects of substance abuse. Students will discuss the issues facing the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Questioning (LGBTQ) community. Students will learn about the adolescent sex offender and the intervention strategies applicable. This module also covers autism, fetal alcohol syndrome and related issues.

Child & Youth Care Practice

Throughout this module students will learn to develop intervention plans, treatment plans and examine personal narratives and their impact in the treatment process

Profession of CYC

Child and Youth Care professionals adhere to a professional Code of Conduct while engaging in a full range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies. This course familiarizes students with professional competencies required of child and youth care practitioners. Students will explore topics including; statutes that impact/influence child and youth care work nationally/provincially; the federal Youth and Criminal Justice Act; the Child and Youth Care Code of Ethics; professional boundaries; and advocacy. Students will explore practical and ethical dilemmas in child and youth care practice. Upon completion of this course, students will gain an understanding of the professional expectations of child and youth care practitioners.

Family Work Practices

This module places focus on defining the role of the Family Support Worker (FSW) and identifying and applying various methods of family assessment. Student will learn to apply developmental theory and family life cycle theory to family work. Students will practice System Fault Tolerance (SFT) approaches to Family Support Worker (FSW).

Group Work

During this module, students will explain the characteristics of group counseling and understand the stages of group work development. Students will explore group dynamics; ethical issues and confidentiality; leadership skills; challenges that arise in group work; and how to apply strategies to address those challenges. Students will develop a group work program to be implemented in a child-youth care workplace.

Individual Approaches

This module will explore various counseling approaches and techniques while discussing solution focused therapy. Students will explore challenging behaviors of clients and role of the child and youth care worker. This module will cover the 6 skills of problem exploration and clarification and discuss Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in depth. Students will create a 15 minute video demonstrating the skills learned throughout the module. This module will teach the student to analyze the roles of counselor and client and to demonstrate an awareness of life space crisis interventions.

Interpersonal Communication

This module introduces students to basic interpersonal counselling skills, such as attending behaviours, verbal intervention techniques and SOLER skills. Students will demonstrate practical knowledge through the development and analysis of role-play scenarios.

Introduction to Family Work

This module focuses on the impact of abuse within family systems. Students will discuss the preventatives and intervention strategies with families; complexity issues related to family support work; impact of addictions within family systems; depth of perpetual crisis within family systems; and resiliencies within families. Students will be able to describe methods on how to establish safe relationships with families and various parenting skills. Students will be able to apply family systems work to practical case studies.

Introduction to Research & Writing

This module aims to help students improve all of their communication skills: writing, reading, speaking, and listening. The main emphasis, however, is on writing skills. Students will write an expository and persuasive essay, summarize written text, and apply principles of clear and correct writing to their own compositions. Students will learn research and documentation strategies and will strengthen and expand their writing skills so they can write more effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Mental Health Practices Awareness

This module is designed to introduce students to the signs, symptoms and causes of emotional and social behavioral disorders. Students will learn the various preventative and intervention strategies. This module covers the effects of childhood trauma on individual and families and the effects of psychotropic medication. Various behavioral techniques will be discussed.

Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals

Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills

Social Training

As an adjunct to classroom learning, students are required to obtain several critical field related certifications. Training covered in this module includes: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) or Theme-Centered Interaction (TCI); First Aid/CPR; and Acquired Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

Student Success Strategies

In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.


Group of coworkers giving thumbs upTake a quick and easy quiz to find out more about yourself, your goals, and identify your strengths and social style. This quiz gives you suggestions for what career areas you might consider based on your likes and preferences. Give it a try now!

Take the Quiz


The Child and Youth Care Worker Diploma program will qualify grads to pursue positions such as Youth Worker, Family Support Worker, Child/Youth Care Worker or Family-School Liaison Worker.


Over the period of 2015-2024, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 54,300 [in Canada.]*
*Source: Occupation, By. “Explore Careers - Job Market Report.” Community and Social Service Workers (NOC 4212-B). N.p., 21 Oct. 2016.


  • Care and Fun Child Care Centre
  • Metro Community Living
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • YMCA
  • Regional Residential Services Society
  • Family First Community Services


• Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status. 
• Personal interview
• A written personal profile
• Clear Conduct Certificate
• Mandatory 15-20 hours of volunteer or previous child and youth care work experience
• Written supervisor recommendation from mandatory volunteer experience or child and youth care work experience
• A vulnerable sector search is required
• NS Only: Child Abuse Registration


Books on a shelf in a libraryDid you know that in any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health issue or addiction problem?

Many children and youth who have had less than ideal upbringings are at an increased risk. This is simply one of the many reasons why child and youth care is essential to our society, particularly for individuals with addictions. For those who may be considering this as a potential career path, here are five reasons why you should become a child and youth care with addictions support worker—and why Eastern College is the place to learn the essentials ...continue reading!

Discover a rewarding career in healthcare!
Contact Eastern College now to book a free career consultation, simply fill out the form on this page to get started!