Classes are still running during COVID-19!

Due to COVID-19 and the government of Ontario’s suggestions, some start dates have been pushed back from their prior schedule. All classes are still active, and will take place virtually through the use of our online learning platform. Once restrictions are lifted, the practical hands-on portion of your program will commence at your KLC campus.

Next Start Dates

Kingston: September 21, 2020
Kingston: October 15, 2020
Kingston: September 23, 2021

Program Overview

The Child & Youth Worker program is designed to prepare students to provide frontline treatment service to emotionally troubled and disturbed children and youth. Students in this 2 year (74 week) program will receive specific education and skill development related to child management techniques, family support interventions, therapeutic relationships, designing treatment programs (for both individuals and groups) and working within multi-disciplinary teams. You will specialize in supporting change with children, youth and their families who are experiencing a range of social, emotional and behavioural challenges and implement a range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies for children, youth and their families including crisis intervention, conflict management, problem solving, counselling, activity programming, and group work.

Practical Internship Experience

The practicum or work placement portion of the program can run concurrent with the other aspects of the program, or it may be completed at the end. It requires the student to participate in a supervised setting where best practices in Child & Youth Work is demonstrated, modelled and reinforced on a daily basis. Emphasis is placed on the application of the skills, professional ethics, attitudes and knowledge acquired in other areas of the program while dealing with children and families in real life situations.

Provided that it meets the requirements as established by KLC, your placement may be a volunteer position or a paid position, for example as an education assistant in a recognized education system. Students enrolled in the program will discuss the practicum portion with their supervisor to establish the suitability of the placement and to arrange mutually convenient times for visits.

Graduates of the Child & Youth Worker Program…


  • Provide frontline treatment service to emotionally troubled children and youth
  • Specalize in supporting change in children, youth and their families who are experiencing a range of social, emotional and behavioural challenges
  • Implement a range of prevention, intervention and treatment strategies for children, youth and their families
  • Enjoy working with children and youth
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Are caring, patient and have a positive attitude
  • Contribute to the success and well-being of children, youth and their families
  • Become participating members of a multidisciplinary team

The curriculum encourages self-reflective practice in which the student will explore his or her own values, beliefs, attitudes and assumptions relating to human behaviour and relationships. Faculty will work closely with students to support skills development and growth in communication techniques and counselling theory and practice. It is important that students possess emotional maturity and physical well-being to effectively deal with the stresses of helping troubled children and adolescents find positive solutions.

The Child & Youth Worker program includes but is not limited to the following modules:

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must have the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School diploma (Grade 12) or equivalent
  • Demonstrated English, communication and comprehension skills
  • The equivalent standing at the general level in English
Graduation Requirements

To receive your diploma from KLC College, students must fulfill all course requirements to the satisfaction of school administration. This includes successful course and work placement completion and tuition paid in full.

All students are required to maintain an average academic standing of 70% or better. Students must pass both theory and practical components of the course. Internship assessment will be completed by the host placement. A diploma is granted when all course work is successfully completed.

Program Info

Who Hires KLC Graduates?

Educational services such as Boards of Education
Residential & day treatment centres
Children’s mental health centres
Group homes & youth detention centres
Social service agencies such as Family & Children’s Services
Self-employment initiatives
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