“Children are one third of our population and 100% of our future.” – Unknown
- Caring and patient
- Looking to make a difference
- Passionate about helping children and youth
- Professional and approachable
What does a Child and Youth Care Worker do?
Caring for children and youth in our society is a unique calling. It takes a special kind of person to work with young people facing trauma, those most at risk, and those who are struggling to survive, let alone thrive. Our Child and Youth Care Diploma Program prepares you for a career in this expanding field, in a wide range of work settings, including community based programs, schools, family support, group homes, residential treatment facilities and hospitals.
How does Oulton prepare me to help such a variety of youth in such a varied setting?
You will learn the principles, philosophies and characteristics required to provide quality youth care. To better prepare you for the rewards and challenges of your chosen field, this program also includes hands-on opportunities in two practicum placements (one lasting 8-weeks during your first year and the other lasting 12-weeks during your second year.) Such training gives real-life experience that allows you to practice the skills learned in class in real life situations.
What kinds of learning areas are found in the program?
Our Child and Youth Care Program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:
- Working as a member of a team in a support network.
- Courses in child abuse, psychology, counselling and behaviour management.
- A trauma informed approached to treatment
- Certification in ASIST: Suicide Intervention.
- Certification in CPI: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.
- Tours of the New Brunswick Youth Centre, Portage Atlantic, other community agencies, and observation of Youth Court.
- Guest speakers from numerous agencies/employers.
- Employment Readiness: report writing, resume writing and cover letters.
- Computer Applications I
What paths are open to me after graduation?
Oulton has partnered with Crandall University here in Moncton to allow students in this program to transfer credits toward their Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management. You can earn both a diploma and a degree in as little as 3 years, all while working and gaining valuable experience!
Term (Year 1): September – July
Term (Year 2): August – November
Practicum: 8 weeks (Year 1) and 12 weeks (Year 2)