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Community Service Worker Diploma Program

Program Overview

The Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker program, developed by Eastern College, is designed to teach students the necessary practical skills and theory to work with adolescents, children and families with challenging needs such as social, emotional, behavioral and mental health concerns. Students will identify the importance of collaborating with colleagues within their field including educators, medical and social worker professionals, correctional staff and community partners. Networking with these professionals will assist them when implementing appropriate prevention/intervention strategies that inspire change. 

The Addictions Support modules explore the physical, emotional and social effects of alcohol, drugs and gambling, examine the process of addictions assessment and teach effective case management skills.

Program Courses

The Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker (CYW) program is designed to teach students the necessary practical skills and theory to work with adolescents, children and families with challenging needs such as social, emotional, behavioural and mental health concerns. Students will identify the importance of collaborating with colleagues within their field including educators, medical and social work professionals, correctional staff and community partners. Networking with these professionals will assist them when implementing appropriate prevention/intervention strategies that inspire change.

  • Introduction to Technology
  • Professional Etiquette
  • Introduction to Research and Writing
  • Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity
  • Child Development
  • Social Issues
  • Adolescent Development
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mental Health Practices
  • Family Ties
  • Social Training
  • Activity Programming
  • Profession of Child and Youth Care
  • Child and Youth Care Approaches
  • Child and Youth Care Issues
  • Introduction to Family Work
  • Externship
  • Mastering the Attitude of Success (TPI MAS)
  • Enriched Academy
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • Group Work
  • Psychology of Addictions
  • Case Management and Addictions Treatment
  • Employment Opportunities for Child & Youth: Elementary School Boards and Classrooms
  • Children and Family Support Services
  • Indigenous Children's Programs
  • New Comer Youth Support Services
  • After School Programs

Career Opportunities

Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Workers are able to find work in a number of areas including but not limited to:

  • Group Homes
  • Shelters
  • Community Centres
  • Children's Aid Agencies
  • Youth Services
  • Addictions Centres
  • Mental Health Programs
  • Detention Centres
  • Developmental Services
  • Foster Care Homes
  • Outreach

Admission Requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent successful completion of the qualifying entrance exam (available to mature students 18 years or older)
  • Government Issued Photo ID
  • Privacy of Personal Information (PIPEDA)

Practicum Requirements

  • Proof of Criminal Record Check
  • Statement of Satisfactory Heath Requirements

Program Details

Program Duration76 Weeks
CampusesBrantford
Program TypeDiploma