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Child And Youth Care Worker Diploma

Earn your Child and Youth Care Diploma and help troubled youth.

Industry Approved Modular Training

Our Child and Youth Care Diploma employs a variety of techniques to ensure that students thrive in a stimulating environment. In addition to traditional classroom instruction, our Instructors employ field trips, guest speakers, industry videos, team projects, online interaction, case studies, role playing, and mock simulations. Courses in the program include

  • Introduction to computers
  • Professional development
  • Introduction to child & youth care
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Self-exploration / reflection
  • Community resources
  • Developmental psychology
  • Child and youth care practices
  • Child and youth care ethics
  • Mental health awareness
  • Medication awareness
  • Diverse abilities
  • Helping practices
  • Field practicum preparedness
  • Group dynamics
  • Family dynamics
  • Alternatives to behaviour management
  • Assessment & individual programming
  • Interviewing & interventions
  • Group care
  • Nutrition & wellness
  • Crisis prevention & management
  • Activity programming for child & youth
  • Practicum i (120 hours) & ii (210 hours)

Start in Spring or Fall

Child and Youth Care diploma

Take our Child and Youth Care Diploma courses for 12 consecutive months, and then complete 2 months of on-the-job training. During this period, students have a winter break, spring break, summer break, and are off on statutory holidays. Take our Child and Youth Care Worker Program, and receive your Diploma in just 14 months!

Attend classes from Monday to Thursday, and have Fridays off for a job or recreation. Four day weeks limit your travel and therefore minimize your travelling costs.

Meet The Instructor


Lisa Giles has over 15 years’ experience in the Child and Youth Care field. She graduated from Dalhousie University in 2000 with a major in Sociology concentrating on Youth Crime. She has a diploma in Child and Youth Care from the Nova Scotia Community College and an Adult Education Certificate from the Institute of Human Services. Lisa has spent the last 2 years as the Coordinator of a Youth Centre that works with high-risk youth providing afterschool support and drop in programming for 20 youth in the Sackville area. Lisa has worked in many areas of the field from a frontline worker, to a Coordinator, to recently as an Executive Director of a program for young adults with special needs.

Child and Youth Care diploma

Lisa has sat on the Board for the Nova Scotia Child and Youth Care Workers Association and has participated in the Nova Scotia Child and Youth Care Conferences many times as a Board Member. Lisa is currently on the Board for the Sackville RCMP Hub Program that works at a community level with at-risk youth and their families, ages 9-13 years old in the Sackville area.

Lisa began her teaching career at Success College in 2008 teaching Child and Youth, and has returned to join the Success Team teaching Child and Youth once again.

Why Success College?

Success College

Our Child and Youth Care Diploma is taught by industry experts, and students benefit directly from the breadth and depth of their experience. And our curriculum is accelerated so that you finish a 2 year program in just 14 months.

Success College is accredited by CCAP. This is the highest accreditation possible for our industry, and it validates that we offer high level career training.

Are you ready?

To learn more about Child and Youth Care Diploma and to explore if this is the right career path for you, fill out the form to receive additional information. A helpful Success College Admissions Representative will assist you with everything from course questions to financial aid and help you discover your perfect career path. Click here if you would like to book an appointment with an Admissions Representative.

Click here and you will be taken to a page where you can download our Child and Youth Care Worker e-brochure.

For immediate assistance, you can also give us a call at 1–844–352–0094.

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“I was very nervous about stepping back into the classroom after a 10 year absence but the staff at Success College made this transition very comfortable for me. I gained all the knowledge and skills necessary to land full time employment in the CYC field after just fourteen months of studies. Today I look back and am truly grateful for the opportunity that the CYC program gave me and I know I made the right decision when I chose to attend Success College.”

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