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International Study Programs

Child and Youth Care

Child and Youth Care

Red River College, Canada

About This Program

To work as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner, you must have a genuine commitment to working with children, youth, and their families. Your ability to be a positive role model for children and youth and to promote the development of healthy relationships is essential. And if you'd like to parlay all these personal attributes into a career, think about enrolling in this Child and Youth Care Diploma program with practicum.

This program requires motivation, organization, self-discipline, and competent reading and study skills.  It covers the dynamics of human development within a multicultural perspective. Courses include child and adolescent development, special issues affecting child and youth care, and care for children who have emotional or behavioural difficulties.

This program includes training in relationship development, group process, and family dynamics. It also includes skill-oriented family support and intervention courses, child and youth care methods, listening skills, and activities programming.

Students can exit from the program at the end of Year 1 with a Child and Youth Care Certificate.

Course Delivery

This Child and Youth Care Diploma program is being offered at four campuses of Red River College:

  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Peguis-Fisher River Campus, Peguis
  • Portage Campus, Portage la Prairie
  • Interlake Campus, Selkirk

When called for, evening work may be required during the practicum work experience. Practicums will take place at a variety of treatment centres, mental health centres, family service support programs, youth correctional facilities, and school or community-based programs. The length of time you spend at practicum sites and the extent of your responsibility will increase as the program progresses. During this off-campus training your instructors will visit you on a regular basis to offer guidance and evaluate your progress.

Students will be responsible for their own transportation in order to complete co-op, externship, internship or practical lab requirements. Red River College cannot guarantee locations that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.


To meet the demands of this occupation you must be in good general health and be vigilant in monitoring your own stress level.  Knowledgeable, skilled, and sensitive graduates will be in demand and eligible for positions in:

  • Treatment homes
  • School-based programs
  • Community-based programs
  • Family support programs
  • Mental health centres
  • Young offender programs

The Child and Youth Care field is expanding rapidly in Canada and other countries. A majority of graduates are successful in finding employment within six months of graduation. With experience, graduates are often able to move into managerial positions in agencies and organizations providing service to children, youth, and families.

Learning Outcomes

This program provides you with the skills and knowledge to work with children and youth experiencing behavioural and emotional difficulties. You will learn how to intervene and assess situations and formulate strategies to help children, youth, and their families identify and resolve concerns and enhance their quality of life.

Course Outline

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
Year 1, Term 1
CYCP-1004 Interpersonal Communication 3
CYCP-1005 College Preparation and Professional Development 2
CYCP-1006 Practicum and Integration Seminar I 4
CYCP-1018 Activities Programming for Youth 3
CYCP-1022 A Context for Practice With Aboriginal Peoples 3
CYCP-1024 Observation and Documentation 3
CYCP-1025 The Child & Youth Care Professional 3
PSYC-1001 Introduction to Psychology 3
Year 1, Term 2
CYCP-1008 Youth Criminal Justice Issues 3
CYCP-1021 Issues for Youth At Risk 3
CYCP-1032 Child & Adolescent Development 3
CYCP-1056 Child and Youth Care Practice 3
CYCP-1057 Family Dynamics 3
CYCP-2003 Practicum and Integration Seminar II 7
CYCP-2067 The Impact of Maltreatment & Trauma 3
NVCI-1003 Non-Violent Crisis Intervention 1
Year 2, Term 3
CYCP-1009 Emotional and Behavioural Disorders of Youth 3
CYCP-1010 Mental Health Literacy for Child and Youth Care Practice 3
CYCP-1011 Counselling Skills for Child and Youth Care Practice 3
CYCP-1014 Behaviour Theory and Intervention 3
CYCP-1016 Family Support and Intervention 3
CYCP-2004 Practicum and Integration Seminar III 6
Year 2, Term 4
CYCP-1012 Preparing for Professional Practice 2
CYCP-1013 Group Facilitation 3
CYCP-1019 Community Based Programming 3
CYCP-1027 Case Mgmt Child & Youth Care Practice 3
CYCP-1029 Understanding Substance, Use/Misuse/Abus 2
CYCP-3000 Ethics & Issues in Professional Practice 3
CYCP-3001 Practicum and Integration Seminar IV 7
CYCP-1026 International Practicum & Seminar IV 7

 Please note that all fees listed above are in Canadian Dollars. However, other fees may not have been included (e.g. airport pick-up). The above expenses represent only an estimate of what is to be invested in your education and may be changed at any time without notice by Red River College. Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

Course Info

College : Community Services

Duration : two years

Qualifications Level : Diploma

Fees :

Tuition Fee 11,000 / year
Student Association 105 / year
Health Insurance Coverage 456  / year
Tech Fees 166  / year
Materials and Lab Fees 406  / year
Student Services 176  / year
Rec. Fee 20  / year
Application Fee (Non-refundable) 100
Tuition Fee Deposit (Non-refundable) 400
Confirmation of Enrolment Fee 10.50

Please note that all fees listed above are in Canadian Dollars.  However, other fees may not have been included (e.g. airport pick-up).  The above expenses represent only an estimate of what is to be invested in your education and may be changed at any time without notice by Red River College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes. 

Intake Dates :

The intake for the Child and Youth Care Diploma program is September. Make sure you check with us first though since the Start Date and Term Breaks may vary.  Beginning an application 6 months in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the visa application.

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.  You must comply with the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of Canadian Grade 12 equivalent and passing grades of at least one credit in Grade 12 English
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT): 79 - 80 minimum, with a minimum of 19 per section
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.5 overall band score. Listening, Speaking and Reading components must be at least 6.5 while the Writing component must be at least 6.0
  • You must have completed at least 50 hours of relevant volunteer or work experience.  This means work (paid or unpaid) with vulnerable, at-risk youth in a therapeutic community-based agency or a managed care program.  This usually will not include work in day care settings or camps.

Prior to progression to terms 2, 3 and 4, Red River College may require you to submit the following additional requirements:

  • Certification in Emergency First Aid, CPR (level A, B or C)
  • An original official Adult Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search (ACRVS)
  • An original official Child Abuse Registry (CAR) Check (provincial)
  • An original official Adult Abuse Registry (AAR) Check (provincial)

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