Human Services

Child and Youth Care - Courses

CAMPUS: Vermilion Campus & Online
Year I Required Courses CREDITS
CO 118 Communication Skills 3
This communications course focuses on effective writing.  Students develop skills in resume and cover letters, research papers using APA format, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, emails and anecdotal reporting.
HS 114 Human Development I 3
Provides understanding of developing child from birth to five years. Trace changes that occur physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually during this period.
HS 115 Exploring Exceptionalities I 3
Introduction to children with exceptionalities by examining categories and characteristics of diversity. Explore issues pertinent to children and youth with exceptionalities and their families.
HS 155 Positive Behaviour Supports 3
This course includes an examination of attitudes, values, and skills within a holistic approach to support development in terms of positive behaviours. Opportunities for examining dynamics of behaviour are provided. This course also discusses various strategies to support the development of social and emotional skills and prosocial behaviour.
HS 202 Leadership Activities 3
This course explores the link between the developmental needs of children and youth and community programming. Students research and analyze community needs and resources through the lens of engaging children/youth. Students plan program experiences to benefit children and youth. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership and group management skills while initiating a variety of activities, which enhance opportunities for children/youth in the community.
HS 214 Human Development II 3
Understand changes, physical, cognitive, social and personality, that take place from middle childhood through adulthood. Examine theoretical perspectives of human development through comparison of various assumptions and principles about growth and behaviour. Prerequisite: HS 114.
HS 240 Family Studies 3
This course is an introduction to the Family.  The focus of this course includes various ways of viewing family, diversity, economics, and social influences that determine the family's ability to thrive in society.  Students have the opportunity to explore different theoretical ways of viewing the family.  The course also explores issues of marriage, variations in families, parenting, crises, separation, divorce, and remarriage as well as provides practical suggestions in working with families as they face many challenges.
HS 242 Interpersonal Relationships 3
Designed to develop interpersonal communication skills individually and in group situations as pertain to human services. Examine self-esteem and interpersonal relationship resolution skills needed for working with individuals, groups, families and colleagues.
YC 100 Child and Youth Care Profession 3
This course provides an overview of the history and scope of the Child and Youth Care field, and the professional identity of Child and Youth Care workers.  Students explore their values, beliefs, attitudes, and gain self-awareness in regards to working children, youth and families in a variety of Child and Youth Care settings.
YC 102 Building Resiliency 3
This course provides an introduction to developing specific knowledge, attitudes and skills about interacting with children and youth at risk and supporting the development of resiliency. Prerequisite: YC 100.
YC 125 Field Placement I 5
This course is an introductory field placement where students have the opportunity to experience a variety of residential and community programs available to children, youth, and their families.  P/F. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisite: Students must have completed or be in the process of successfully completing 4 courses including YC 100 with an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater.
YC 225 Field Placement II 5
On this second practicum, another opportunity given to experience variety of placements and programs available to children and youth at-risk. P/F. Prerequisites: YC 125. Co-requisite Student must have completed or be in the process of successfully completing 8 courses including YC 102 with an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater
Year II Required Courses CREDITS
YC 203 Counselling Techniques 3
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the helping/counselling profession through the use of lectures, readings, class discussions and experiential activities.  The focus is on developing and enhancing the necessary skills to interview individuals on a one-to-one basis.  The course also focuses on the helping process, stages of counselling, basic counselling skills, counselling theories, practical application of theory, ethical issues, values, caregiver stress, burnout and self care.  Students explore their own values and beliefs and how these impact the helping relationship. Prerequisite: HS 242 & YC 102.
HS 225 Exploring Exceptionalities II 3
Explore strategies to enable individuals with exceptionalities to succeed in inclusive and other settings. Examine exceptionalities as well as assessment, planning and resources. Prerequisite:  HS115.
HS 230 Sensory Development 3
This course examines brain development and sensory processing as it relates to planning activities for children.  Special emphasis is placed on sensory processing disorder.  This course explores strategies in relation to designing and adapting environments to meet the needs of children.
YC 236 Assessment and Intervention 3
This course is designed to combine knowledge related to intervention and case management procedures in human services. Students are provided with a variety of intervention strategies. The students develop their skills related to case management for children, youth and families who face adversity.
YC 200 Ethics and Law 3
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to Ethics.  It looks at the historical background, moral development, ethics and law, critical thinking, client rights, and the ethical decision making process and tools.  Students engage in self-reflection as they examine their personal and professional values.  Students are given the opportunity to utilize the course information by working through case studies.  In addition, the professional Code of Ethics is examined. Prerequisite: YC 100 & YC 125.
YC 202 Abuse Symptoms and Treatment 3
This course examines the nature of child abuse, abuse in the family and in society. Students explore their role and responsibilities in the recognition and treatment of abused individuals. Special consideration is given to working with and supporting children and their families. Prerequisite: Year 1 in Child and Youth Care.
YC 205 Group Processing and Counselling Theory 3
This course emphasizes the acquisition of skills necessary to work with individuals in group situations and to lead groups effectively.  The developmental stages a group goes through, basic facilitation skills, working with specific populations and dealing with problem situations are explored. Students get the opportunity to facilitate a group activity and apply the concepts learned. Prerequisites: YC 203 and HS 242.
YC 211 Family Support and Intervention 3
This course emphasizes the dynamics, functions, and elements of family systems. The course is taught using lectures, class discussion, a hands on assignment and guest speakers. Students are given the opportunity to apply what they are learning and to examine their own family of origin and its impact on the CYC professional. Prerequisite: Child and Youth Care Program First Year.
YC 215 Mental Health / Substance Abuse 3
This course provides students with an overview of addictions and substance abuse and related health issues. It provides students with an opportunity to openly explore such areas as attitudes and values, principles, issues, models of addiction, assessment, treatment, interventions, recovery, and health promotion as they pertain to Child and Youth Care practice with children, youth, families and communities.
YC 325 Field Placement III 5
This is the third practicum for Child and Youth Care students. Emphasis is placed on students working directly with vulnerable children, youth and/or families. Students have the opportunity to observe, plan, and implement and evaluate programming for children, youth and families.  Prerequisite: YC 225. Co-requisites: successful completion or be in the process of completing 12 courses including YC 203 and YC 236 with an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater. 
YC 425 Field Placement IV 5
This is the fourth and final field placement for Child and Youth Care students. Emphasis is placed on students working directly with vulnerable children, youth and/or families. Students have the opportunity to observe, plan, and implement and evaluate programming for facilitating change and supporting children/youth or families.  P/F.Prerequisite: YC 325. Co-requisite: Students must have completed or be in the process of successfully completing 18 courses with an overall GPA of 2.0 or greater.
Electives (Choose One) CREDITS
ED 120 Play 3
This course is an overview of the significance of play in the development of the child. It includes nature and development of play in the environment and explores how early childhood educators co-construct meaningful play experiences with the child and their family. Special consideration is given to designing responsive environments and  focusing on children's natural disposition to learn in both indoor and outdoor play spaces. Prerequisite: none. Co-requisite: none.
YC 218 Animal Assisted Interventions 3
Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) is a unique and growing field that can help people of all ages. This course explores why AAI is effective and the importance of education and research in the field.  An overview of the different ways animals have been helping people throughout history is provided with an in depth look at their role in assisting people in need.  Students should take this course to gain a better understanding of the human-animal bond and the benefits that animals, working alongside a skilled practitioner, can provide to people in need. Pre/co-requisites: none.
ASL 101 American Sign Language Level I - Part A 3
In this course, students are introduced to American Sign Language (ASL), its culture, and to the community of Deaf persons who use this language.  Students learn how to have basic conversations as well as use appropriate behaviours within the Deaf Community.
Statement of AccreditationChild and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board
Lakeland College’s Child and Youth Care Diploma program has earned accreditation from the Child and Youth Care Educational Accreditation Board of Canada as a provider of quality post-secondary education in the field of Child and Youth Care, effective February 17, 2021 to February 16, 2028
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree