The Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support 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.
The Addictions Support modules explore the physical, emotional and social effects of alcohol, drugs and gambling, examine the process of addictions assessment and teach effective case management skills.
What career opportunities are available to graduates of the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker Program?
- Child and Youth Support Worker
- Addictions Support Worker
- Addictions Counsellor
- Student Assistant
- Support Worker
- Youth Coordinator
- Community Support Worker
- Family Support Worker
Where do graduates of the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker work?
- Health Centres
- Treatment Centres
- Youth Centres
- Foster Care Programs
- Correctional Facilities
What are common job tasks for individuals working in the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker field?
- Supervise activities of clients living in group homes and half-way houses.
- Implement substance abuse treatment programs.
- Resolve conflict situations.
- Implement behaviour management programs.
- Report writing (assessments, follow-up, progress, court reports).
- Evaluate counselling programs and interventions.
Why choose the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker Program at Medix College?
Practical skill-building and a practicum component are used to give students a well-rounded understanding of the role of the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker. During the course of this program, students will learn all of the skills and be trained in all the procedures that will be required of them in their new careers.
As a mandatory component of our programs, all Medix students are required to complete two off-site practicums (Practicum I & Practicum II) as well as a field placement component. Practicum I (112 hours) takes place concurrently during the first year and students will spend an average of 4 hours per week for 28 weeks in either a group recreation, group care or community program setting. Practicum II (148 hours) takes place concurrently during the second year and students will spend an average of 4 hours per week for 37 weeks in either a group care, community treatment program, family support program or foster care setting. The field placement (240 hours) takes place following the completion of all in-class theory. During each practicum and field experience, students will keep a detailed journal used to write a personal reflection paper to highlight his/her applied learning.
Medix College also provides an employment advantage as we have established relationships with many employers in the field. As a result, employers in the field contact us before posting jobs to the general public giving current students and graduates of the program an advantage in the hiring process.
Students looking to start training in this program have a number of options to finance their education. By exploring these options, students will be able to gain financial assistance and support as they are training for a career. Some financing options available to students include:
- Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) (if Applicable)
- Ontario Second Career
- Out of Province Options
- Student Lines of Credit
- Lifelone Learning Plan
- Employment Ontario
- Monthly Payment Plan
Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify. Please contact us for more details regarding Financial Assistance.