Child and Youth Care Worker

Eastern College’s Child and Youth Care Worker diploma program prepares you to counsel and advocate for children, adolescents and their families dealing with social, emotional, behavioural and mental health issues. Upon graduation, you will receive your diploma as well as certifications in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) or Theme-Centered Interaction (TCI), First Aid, CPR and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and more. Contact us today for more information!

Program Duration
64 weeks, including a 6-week internship

Key Courses

  • Child & Youth Care Issues and Approaches
  • Family Issues and Family Ties
  • Diversity, Equity & Advocacy
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mental Health Practices Awareness
  • Activity Programming

Career Opportunities

  • Community Centres
  • Youth Centres
  • School-Based Programs                                    
  • Family Support Programs
  • Foster Care Programs                                                   
  • Community-Based Programs

Key Courses

  • Addiction Treatment and Case Management
  • Child & Youth Care Approaches, Issues and Strategies
  • Psychology of Addictions
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Mental Health Practices Awareness
  • Software labs in word processing, database management, spreadsheets and more

Why Eastern College?


We have an established reputation as a leader in providing career-focused education that quickly prepare you for in-demand employment opportunities

Ongoing Enrolment

We offer ongoing enrolment and lifestyle-friendly course schedules that limit the disruption to your employment, family and other commitments

Upgraded Courses

Our upgraded courses reflect current trends and employer needs, so you graduate with relevant, applicable skills and knowledge

Job Placement Assistance

Our extensive career services include career fairs, job-search workshops, and one-on-one job placement assistance

Fill out our online form for more information on our Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker program! Our admissions advisors will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our program, including start dates, financing options and more!

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