Child and Youth Care Programs

Warning! Participation in this program could lead to one or more of the following: 

positive community change; families living violence free; support and interventions for people in need of help; youth who choose a life free of drugs; children who thrive with early intervention; and the possibilities are endless.

Child and Youth Care Program Guide

What Is Child and Youth Care?

Child and Youth Care practice involves developing relationships with children, youth, families and communities in various contexts and across a range of settings. This relational work focuses on developing, supporting, enhancing and promoting positive change that builds upon existing strengths and resources. If you are interested in working with children, youth, families and communities, this is the program for you!

Our Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care

The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care Program builds upon your Diploma studies and deepens your knowledge and skill bases in working with children, youth, families, and community. Additionally, you will learn research skills and participate in practicum placements that focus on your area of interest. With a degree, you are able to take on greater responsibilities in your professional child and youth care work.

The degree program offers, a Child Protection Specialization as well as the opportunity to focus studies in select areas of interest.

Child and Youth Care Diploma

In the Child and Youth Care Diploma Program, you will develop introductory skills and knowledge to work with children, youth, families and community. You will explore the development of children, youth, adults and families; build upon your interpersonal communication skills; learn about theories of personal change; be introduced to group practice; learn about law in relation to social services; explore the dynamics of abuse and neglect; learn how to support children, youth and families when abuse or neglect is an issue; and explore professional issues through course work. As well you will have structured practicum experiences that will enable you to develop your professional practice.

What's New!

Click on the links below to find out what the CYC program has been up to.

https://news.viu.ca/viu-graduate-reaches-unreachable-unique-program
https://news.viu.ca/viu-students-look-help-youngest-victims-opioid-crisis

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