Students should complete all courses at the first level before proceeding to Level 2.

Child and youth care is a specialized profession that offers a unique service and has a distinct body of knowledge, dedicated post-secondary education programs, a certification process, and a number of professional associations. The purpose of this course is to contribute to the understanding of those currently working in the field who may or may not come from CYC educational backgrounds, but who want to remain current in their practice.

In this course you are introduced to some of the skills you will need to develop in order to help the young people in your care. 

This course continues where we left off in "Helping Skills 1" the previous course.  Here you will examine the often difficult balance of communication, power struggles and conflict in the therapeutic relationships.  You will learn about the importance of supporting change as well as the most significant component of relationships.

In this course, you will be introduced to both ecological systems theory and family systems theory.  The family life cycle will also be discussed. You will learn about the importance and impact of the family of origin and you will need to engage in some self-exploration to gain insight into how membership in your own unique family of origin has affected your personal and professional development. This course is intended to be the foundational course for later courses in this program which will explore selected family dynamics and issues in more depth and provide you with the tools to intervene more effectively with families.

Knowledge of child development is critical to working with children and youth.  One has to first understand what “normal development” is considered to be, in order to recognize when a child or youth is outside of that spectrum of average development.

Child development encompasses different areas, but as a whole it is the product of maturation, experience, learning and growing.  Both genetics and the environment (nature vs. nurture) play a role in the development of children.

This is of such value for Child and Youth Care Counsellors because if a child is not developmentally ready to learn or do something they will not be able to do it.  Regardless of your best efforts, you will have to learn to recognize and adjust requests to fit developmental abilities.

This course will introduce you to what is considered typical or “normal” development, as per developmental milestones.  It will also introduce you to the specific areas of development:  physical, emotional, social, cognitive, sexual and moral; as well as the prevalent theories that accompany each area.

This course focuses on the importance of using activity programming in child and youth care, as more than a simple activity to fill time.  When used with purpose and intent activities can be an important bridge to building relationships with complex children and youth, offer opportunity to teach and transfer life skills, and be a helpful tool in assessment.

This course is an introduction to addiction issues.

This module provides an introduction to the developing brain.