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Is working with targeted young people using a social justice framework important to you? Become a Child and Youth Care professional, with a unique Indigenous specialization, to help children and youth find their voice.

Engage and empower targeted children and youth facing adversity, while gaining a unique grounding in the communities of northwestern Ontario. Confederation College’s Child and Youth Care (CYC), Accelerated program provides you with a unique experiential specialization focused on serving Indigenous youth and their families. You will gain the skills and knowledge needed to cultivate resilience and self-advocacy with young people, helping them to find their voice. Using life-space intervention, in a variety of relational practice contexts, is the cornerstone of the CYC professional identity.

Subjects and skill sets fostered include relational understandings of self, others and community; developmentally and culturally responsive practices; Indigenous models of healing and wellness; trauma and crisis interventions; advocacy, social justice and rights-based approaches; and community engagement. Graduates will have a thorough understanding of current trends in CYC practice, while their unique professional identity can serve them locally, regionally or beyond.


  • Unique experiential CYC specialization focused on serving Indigenous and other targeted children and families in a northern practice context
  • This CYC program is directly connected with several community partners, enabling diverse field placements and opportunities to collaborate on advocacy and social justice initiatives
  • Knowledge in key CYC issues including; relational practice, life-space intervention, trauma, colonization, marginalization, anti-oppression, anti-racism and Indigenous approaches to healing and wellness
  • Program delivery occurs on campus and through distance delivery modalities

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. develop and maintain relationships with children, youth and their families applying principles of relational practice, as is informed by Indigenous and non-Indigenous knowledge systems, and respecting their unique life space, cultural and human diversity.
  2. assess and respond to the strengths and needs of children and youth, including complex responses impacted by developmental, environmental, physical, emotional, social and mental health challenges in order to promote positive change.
  3. analyze and evaluate the impact of the inter-relationship among family, social service, justice and community systems on children, youth and their families and use this information in the planning of holistic care and in the reduction of systemic barriers.
  4. plan, implement and evaluate interventions using evidence-informed practices in the areas of therapeutic milieu and programming, and group work to promote resiliency and to enhance development in children, youth and their families.
  5. advocate for the rights of children, youth and their families and maintain an anti-oppression perspective, grounded in a thorough understanding of the colonial history of Canada, and cultural competence in diverse cultural contexts.
  6. apply communication, teamwork and organizational skills within the interprofessional team and with community partners to enhance the quality of service in child and youth care practice.
  7. develop and implement self-care strategies using self-inquiry and reflection processes to promote self-awareness and to enhance practice as a child and youth care practitioner.
  8. use evidence-based research, professional development resources and supervision models to support professional growth and lifelong learning.
  9. describe and apply ideas, methods and ethical perspectives for CYC practice grounded in Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous cultural practice, as are appropriate to the region.
  10. demonstrate a nuanced understanding of racial, social, cultural and regional challenges present in professional CYC relationships and offer meaningful solutions for children, youth, families and communities in northwestern Ontario.

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Employment Opportunities

You will graduate with an advanced diploma with knowledge and skills required to work within multi-disciplinary teams, supporting vulnerable young people and their families, in the following practice contexts: school-based programs; community crisis response programs; youth criminal justice diversion and custody programs; children’s mental health residential-, family- and community-based programs; child welfare group care and case management programs; hospital-based inpatient programs; substance abuse outpatient, residential and prevention programs; Indigenous culturally-based programs and more. 

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