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Child and Youth Care Worker

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September and January

Location: Prince of Wales Campus

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Diploma, Child and Youth Care Worker

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Program Availability: Winter 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

The Child and Youth Care Worker program prepares you for a meaningful career helping at-risk youth and their families overcome complex issues. Through courses in counselling, case management, child welfare, intervention, and program development, you will learn how to identify clients’ needs and develop strategies to support them and their families.

Your on-the-job training will take place in a child and youth care facility, in an educational setting, a justice of mental health facility, or in an addictions services facility, giving you the opportunity to apply what you have learned.

This program is located in the Charlottetown Centre at the Prince of Wales Campus. Take a virtual tour.


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I. Bachelor of Arts Graduates with a 70% average receive up to 60 hours of credit toward a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic English* minimum of 65%
  • Applicants must be out of high school at least one year before applying to this program due to the nature of the work and the age range of the clientele serviced by a child and youth care worker
  • Two letters of reference, one personal and one from an employer or a teacher, not from a family member (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • A minimum of 100 hours paid work or volunteer experience with youth ages 8-18. Babysitting hours are not acceptable. Volunteer Experience Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • All applicants will receive an invitation to attend a Child and Youth Care Worker program information session. It is important for you to attend the session to make sure that this program is the right fit for you.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized View a list of providers here. This training must be taken in person, NOT online.
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) Certificate
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program


  • Don’t have the courses you need to get into this program? Upgrade, earn high school credits, or get your GED in Adult Ed. It’s free!
  • Post-secondary diplomas, degrees, or psychology/sociology credits enhance your application.
  • Hepatitis B immunizations are recommended.
  • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check:
    Before attending any practicum or clinical portions of the program, a student must submit a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.
  • If your first language is not English, please review our English Language Requirements page.

2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1st Year



Tuition  $5,532 $10,632
Fees $887 $1,637
Other Costs $2,350 $2,350
Total $8,769 $14,619

2nd Year



Tuition $3,604 $8,604
Fees $847 $1,597
Other Costs - -
Total $4,451 $10,201

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $5,532 $3,604
Lab Fee $130 $50
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $445 $445
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Additional Courses $60
Graduation Fee $100
     Subtotal $6,419 $4,451
1st installment due September 5 $3,160 $3,733
2nd installment due January 8 $3,259 $718

Other Costs

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $1,800 -
Materials/Supplies $400 -
Equipment/Tools/Teaching Aids $150 -
     Subtotal $2,350 -
Total $8,769 $4,451


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $10,632 $8,604
Lab Fee $130 $50
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195 $1,195
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Additional Courses $60
Graduation Fee $100
     Subtotal $12,269 $10,201
1st installment due September 5 $9,010 $9,583
2nd installment due January 8 $3,259 $618

Other Costs

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $1,800 -
Materials/Supplies $400 -
Equipment/Tools/Teaching Aids $150 -
     Subtotal $2,350 -
Total $14,619 $10,201

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Government or private agencies
  • Crisis assessment centres
  • Young offender facilities
  • Residential treatment programs
  • Group homes
  • Schools
  • Day programs
  • Various community-based, youth-oriented programs
  • Family preservation programs

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:COUN-1100

Counselling I

An introduction to the core elements of a helping,relationship and the corresponding strategies,used to develop such a relationship. A variety,of skills used in the counselling process are,examined. A central theme presented throughout,this course is the necessity for students to,develop an ongoing commitment to self-awareness,as a vital part of their counselling framework.


Course Code:COUN-1200

Counselling II

Students examine the action, evaluation and,termination components of the counselling,process. The importance of effective,communication in dealing with crisis-oriented and,challenging situations, as well as, communication,roadblocks are explored. A variety of the core,couselling skills are demonstrated. A central,theme presented throughout this course is the,necessity for students to develop an ongoing,commitment to self-awareness as a vital part of,their counselling framework.


Course Code:CYCW-1035

Orientation to the Child and Youth Care,Field

Students experience a broad introduction to the,multi-contextual field of child and youth care:,child welfare, educational, justice, health and,community. Students explore the varied resources,available to children and families as well as the,employment options for a child and youth care,worker.


Course Code:CYCW-1200

Family Systems

Students examine basic family systems theory and,are introduced to contemporary issues involving,families across the lifespan.


Course Code:CYCW-1205

Case Management

An introduction to the process and components of,case management. Students are exposed to the,creation of case plans using assessment tools in,the development, revision, and conclusion of the,plan. Students explore the role of a case worker,and involvement in a multi-disciplinary team.


Course Code:CYCW-1230

Child Abuse

Students are provided with a comprehensive,overview of the primary categories of child,maltreatment. Students study the complex,interplay between the parent, child, environment,,and society. Another major component of this,course is the identification of the physical,,emotional, and behavioral indicators of abuse,,casework implications, and the process of,treatment for the child victim, the child's,family, and his/her abuser. Attention will also,be given to the long-term behavioral outcomes and,styles of coping often exhibited by abuse,survivors.


Course Code:CYCW-1280

Relational Practice

This course explores the limits to traditional,behaviorist approaches to relational practice and,contrasts that with Trauma Informed methodologies.,The course will encourage students to outline,,practice and implement how to effectively engage,and intervene with clients through,self-exploration and experiential learning using a,relational practice approach.


Course Code:CYCW-1300

Family Support and Intervention

Students explore the various types of adversity,that families can face and the impact that they,have on the individuals and the family system. ,Students aslo examine the conceptual frameworks,used to assess family systems and use a strength,based approach to working with families. ,


Course Code:CYCW-2100

Issues in Child Welfare

Students are introduced to the world of child,welfare from a historical, clinical, and,legislative perspective. Students explore the,core themes of attachment, separation, grief, and,placement that impact children and their families,when they become immersed in the foster care,system and beyond. Effective interventions and,treatment approaches are examined as well as the,roles and responsibilities of the legal and,community agencies involved in case planning. The,continuum of care for out of home placements is,studied and beneficial strategies are noted that,meet the child's attachment and relationship,needs.


Course Code:CYCW-2110

Child and Youth Care Worker Practitioner,Development

In an independent and group format, students will,be presented with several opportunities to,explore their identity as a CYC practitioner. ,Using insight gained from personal reflection and,previous courses, students will discuss, analyze,,and consolidate experiences with a view to,critiquing their learning journey and considering,opportunities for future growth. ,,


Course Code:CYCW-2120

The Therapeutic Milieu

Students become familiar with a competency-based,philosophy and approach to assessing and,intervening with children in a variety of,settings. Developing and implementing behavior,management strategies will be a dominant focus of,this course. Students examine environmental,design issues and the importance of daily living,activities as seen within the context of the,therapeutic milieu.


Course Code:CYCW-2130

Youth Substance Abuse and Addictions

Students reflect on the current issues in the,field of substance,use and abuse and provides an overview of,terminology, theories of addiction, psychoactive,substances, treatment options, treatment,resources and prevention strategies. The skills,required to become a competent helper for those,who struggle with use and abuse of substances,will be discussed with particular emphasis on the,role of the CYC professional.


Course Code:CYCW-2140

Group Work Facilitation

Students gain practical training in group design,and facilitation. Students create, organize,,facilitate and reflect on psychoeducational,groupwork with children. This course builds on,previous courses, and provides students with,valuable experience in developing leadership,skills, behavior management strategies, and,programming skills.


Course Code:EDUC-1200

Group Dynamics,

Students explore the complexities of the group,work process both in community based and,residential settings. A central theme discussed,is the role of group work as an effective,treatment modality for children. In regards to,residential groups, another major component of,this course examines the patterns of group,dynamic structure including recognition of,typical group roles of residents, problematic,group behavior, appropriate staff interventions,,and recording group behavior.


Course Code:EDUC-1210

Designing Youth Programming

Students are introduced to the importance of,therapeutic programming for children in a variety,of settings. Students are provided with a,conceptual framework and the necessary skills to,develop programs that can be used in the,attainment of leisure, educational, and,therapeutic goals with children.


Course Code:HLTH-1000

Personal Wellness

Exploration of personal wellness. Students,examine the sources and effects of stress. ,Strategies to maintain wellness and support,personal growth are investigated, with students,identifying strategies that are most beneficial,to them.


Course Code:NCPR-1000

Food Service Sanitation Certificate

Students attend a food service safety course,featuring a presentation on safe food,preparation, how food poisoning happens, and how,it can be prevented. Students will learn how to,prevent food preparation mistakes that lead to,disease outbreaks and possible damage to,operator reputation. Students gain confidence,that food handling practices are in keeping with,recommended practices.


Course Code:NCPR-1006

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Students attain skills on how to prevent a,potential crisis from occuring and how to,intervene in a crisis situation. Students are,introduced to and practice physical skills to use,when managing disruptive behaviours.


Course Code:NCPR-1009

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills,Training (ASIST)

The ASIST model teaches effective intervention,skills while helping to build suicide prevention,networks in the community. Students learn to,intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of,suicide.


Course Code:PRAC-1100

Agency Overview Practicum

Students engage in observing, questioning, and,participating in daily activities and programs,conducted at a facility. Students are encouraged,to interact with children and staff whenever and,wherever feasible in order to gain a realistic,overview of the operational and situational,demands of the child care setting. The practicum,is critical for students' experiential learning,as it helps to confirm their desire to embark on,a career in the child and youth care field. It,also serves as a clinical reference point for the,theoretical components of the Child and Youth,Care Worker program.


Course Code:PRAC-1325

Fieldwork Practicum

Students will increase their experience with and,exposure to the daily activities and programs,conducted in a child care setting. Students are,encouraged to regularly interact with children and,staff in order to begin practising some of the,skills and strategies learned during previous,classes, both individually and collectively.


Course Code:PRAC-2205

Child and Youth Care Worker Practicum

Student's suitability and readiness to meet the,challenges of the child and youth care field is,affirmed. Students are given the opportunity to,demonstrate their professional skills, attitudes,and abilities to work both independently and,collectively in a child care setting.


Course Code:PSYC-1100

Developmental Psychology

Students examine the normal range of child and,adolescent development including physical,,emotional, social, and intellectual. The,influence of family, school, and community upon,the identity of the child is explored through,prominent developmental theories. Strong,emphasis is placed on the issues of attachment,and bonding, the long term implications for,healthy functioning, and the situations that can,alter healthy development.


Course Code:PSYC-2100

Children's Mental Health

Students examine a wide range of behavioral,,psychological, and social problems experienced by,children including treatment approaches currently,endorsed to address these mental health issues. ,Causes and prevalence of the most common,disorders experienced by children and assessments,and diagnostic methods used in the mental health,field will be discussed.


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The Child and Youth Care Worker program is renowned in the youth worker field across North America. I knew that to be the best youth worker I could possibly be, I would have to take the best program I possibly could. That was at Holland College. I researched and talked to friends that had taken the program and the consensus was there was no other place to be.

Barry, Class of 2016


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