Atlantic Business College

Child and Youth Care Worker

Child and Youth Care Worker - 3 Years

This three-year advanced diploma program will provide the student with a full range of intervention, prevention, and treatment strategies to facilitate a positive change for children, adolescents, and families in need of emotional, social, developmental, or mental health support. The students will receive in-depth training and education in behavioral theories, practices and a foundational understanding of assessment, intervention, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and activities with children and youth.
The Child and Youth Care Worker 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, 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.


Fredericton, NB  Canada

Full Time

  • Specialized educational programs
  • Schools/residential treatment centres
  • Group homes/youth detention centres
  • Before- and after-care school programs
  • Street/community work with children/youth
  • Hospitals, children’s mental health centres
  • Family and children’s services/ Children’s aid societies
  • Self-employment initiatives
  • Day treatment centres
  • Educators
  • Medical and social work professionals
  • Correctional officers
  • Prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies
  • Treatments, counselling, and therapeutic theories
  • Understanding in adolescent development, violence, child and youth management, diversity, therapeutic activities, group, and family work
3 years (6 semesters)


  • Applicants must have completed 12th grade with English Credits or Credits on transcripts
  • The language of instruction at Atlantic Business College is English. In addition to the academic admission requirements, all applicants for whom English is not their first language and/or are coming from countries where English is not an official language, must provide proof of language proficiency.
  • Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria to meet Atlantic Business College’s English language Proficiency requirements:
English language Proficiency:
  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet based test (IBT) – Overall 80 with the minimum in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.or
  • International English Language Testing (IELTS) Academic Level with scores at or above overall average of 6 AND no band below 5.5 or
  • (IELTS is not required if the candidate is from an English-speaking country.)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic). Minimum score of 58 with no subject test less than 49 means (49L,49W,49S,49R)
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test (CAEL) (the online or in-person test). Overall band score of 60
  • CELPIP: Over all 7 no band below than 6 (6R,6L,6S,6W)
Semester 1
  • Activity-based Interventions
  • Child Development
  • Relational Practice
  • Self-Care Reflective Practice
  • Foundations of the Child and Youth Care Profession
  • Communications for College
  • CiENE
  • General Education Course
Semester 2
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Counselling Techniques
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Development
  • Behavioural Interventions
  • Preparation for Field Practicum
  • Mental Health in Children, Youth and Families
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • General Education Course
Semester 3
  • Counselling Theory in Practice
  • Creative and Trauma-Informed Interventions
  • Field Practicum and Seminar l
  • Clinical Documentation Skills
Semester 4
  • Field Practicum and Seminar 2
  • Group Counselling and Facilitation
  • Working with Families
  • General Education Online
Semester 5
  • Addictions in Children, Youth and Families
  • Social Activism and Advocacy
  • Field Practicum and Seminar 3
  • Cultural Diversity and inclusivity
Semester 6
  • Human Sexuality
  • Working within Community and Justice Systems
  • Field Practicum and Seminar 4
  • Contemporary Trends in CYC
Social Services


Total Fees Payable:

First year- $14,735

Second year- $14,385

Third year- $14,385

We are now accepting applications for international students.

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