One of the most popular and satisfying careers today is in the field of child and youth care. As our society continues to change and adapt it to different trends, often the children either get lost or confused along the way. A job as a child care worker offers the satisfaction of making a positive impact on a youngster's life. It also offers many employment opportunities in a wide range of establishments.
The crux of any child or youth care program will be on children and youth, exploring how they think and react in certain situations and understanding creative ways in which to communicate with them. Using music or literature is a positive way of bringing out the best in a child. These programs will also discuss ways in which to interact with the families of these children to ensure that the child has a good home environment as well.
Most courses will cover a wide range of subjects, ranging from philosophy to nutrition. Students will learn about health and safety as well as behavioral science, communication skills, child advocacy, research issues and art education. Students will develop skills like active listening, challenging and summarizing. They will learn about the family system and how best to enrich and empower at-risk families. They will learn to perceive and study behavior in an analytical and objective manner, thus enabling them to make a clear assessment about the child and prescribe necessary treatment measures. Students will also learn about developmental psychology, abnormal psychology and group dynamics. They will learn about crisis intervention methods such as non-violent intervention and suicide intervention.
A trained child and youth worker can find employment in schools, hospitals, care centers, private homes, correctional facilities, detention homes, rehabilitation centers and in a number of community-oriented programs. Options are unlimited.
Canadian Provinces with Career Colleges offering diplomas, programs or courses in Child and Youth Care
Prince Edward Island