Help young people overcome life’s toughest challenges
Sheridan’s Child and Youth Worker program prepares you to work with children and youth who are experiencing significant social, emotional, behavioural and/or mental health challenges. When you graduate from the program, you'll be fully employable in a field that is expanding. Through the program, you'll learn how to:
- Guide at-risk children and youth through their daily challenges.
- Teach social and life skills.
- Support efforts to manage behaviour.
- Facilitate personal growth and positive change in young people.
- Develop strong personal communication skills.
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.
The Child and Youth Care Worker 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.
Professors in the Child and Youth Care Worker program have all been active in the field within the past five years. Their curriculum provides a strong theoretical and practical foundation for your future career. 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.
Gain Experience in the Field
You'll complete four semesters of field placement in two different locations that may include youth justice, foster homes, shelters, residential treatment facilities and community outreach programs. During your placement, you'll be in the field for three days and in the classroom two days, where a unique lab class and complementary course work will lend support to your field experience.