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Courses for Child and Youth Care (with Addictions) Support Worker in St. John’s

Are you interested in a career helping children in need of support in your community?

Consider registering for our youth and child care courses in St. John’s. Our program equips you with the knowledge and skills required to work with children, youth and families in complex social, mental, and emotional situations.

Please contact us to learn more and join our program.

Program Overview

Two field placements of 6 and 8 weeks
Field Trips to Multiple Community Agencies
Program Length: 82 Weeks

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, behavioural 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.

As the number of children and teenagers dealing with abuse, poverty, and mental issues grows, the need for qualified child and youth care workers in the St John’s area increases. By opting for a career in child and youth care, you can make a lasting impact on the lives of those seeking guidance and contribute to making functional young adults in an increasingly demanding society.

Breaking cycles, encouraging dialogues, using social differences as teaching opportunities, and leading young people into rising above their circumstances are all part of the skills that are developed as part of the child and youth care worker program in our St John’s campus. As part of the curriculum, you will learn to work with children, teenagers and their families with the goal of aiding those young people manage and develop their personal and social relationships, build their self-confidence, and think critically and independently.

In order to gain a broader perspective and learn to work with a wider variety of young people, child and youth care workers are often drawn to outreach activities. By reaching out to children and teenagers who often don’t know about the services offered to them in their community, youth care workers have a real opportunity to make a difference in those young people’s lives and turn the tides before it’s too late.

For a career that is as challenging as it is rewarding, consider training to become a child and youth care worker by enrolling in our child and youth care worker program in St John’s.

Program Courses

Student Success Strategies 20 hours
Software Lab: Computer Fundamentals 40 hours
Introduction to Child and Youth Care 40 hours
Trauma Informed Care 40 hours
Introduction to Research and Writing 60 hours
Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity 40 hours
Child Development 60 hours
Social Issues 40 hours
Adolescent Development 40 hours
Self-Awareness/Personal Growth 20 hours
Adult Development 20 hours
Interpersonal Communication 40 hours
Mental Health Practices Awareness 60 hours
Family Ties 40 hours
Social Training I & II 40 hours
Activity Programming 60 hours
Profession of Child and Youth Care 60 hours
Child and Youth Care Approaches 80 hours
Child and Youth Care Issues 80 hours
Individual Approaches 60 hours
Introduction to Family Work 60 hours
Family Work Practices 40 hours
Group Work 60 hours
Child and Youth Care Practices 40 hours
Psychology of Addictions 80 hours
Case Management 40 hours
Addiction Treatment 60 hours
Career Planning and Preparation Level I 20 hours
Career Planning and Preparation Level II 20 hours
Supporting Indigenous Youth 40 hours
Two Field Placement Practicums: 6 + 8 weeks
Total Weeks – 84


Eastern Academy’s Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker Program trains you for rewarding careers as a Youth Worker, Family Support Worker, or Child/Youth Care Worker!

Work settings include treatment centers, group homes, youth centres, family support programs, community-based and foster care programs and schools. Many facilities operate 24/7, and shift work is common in these environments.


Mount St. Vincent University: Eastern Academy has an Articulation Agreement with Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS. This agreement provides Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker graduates advanced standing towards MSVU’s Bachelor of Arts (Child and Youth Studies) degree; Eastern Academy graduates will receive a block transfer of credits towards this degree program. MSVU offers the only university-level Child and Youth study program in Atlantic Canada; this degree program can be completed via online learning.

Yorkville University: Eastern Academy has an Articulation Agreement with Yorkville University in New Brunswick that automatically awards graduates of the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker program 36 block transfer credits toward completion of Yorkville University’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. To be eligible for admission and the awarding of this block of transfer credits, students must have graduated with a minimum grade of 70% in each course in the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker program

Graduates of the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker program who wish to continue to pursue Yorkville University’s BBA degree can complete all required courses online.


Grade 12 or equivalent, or mature student status
Personal interview
A written personal profile
Conduct Certificate
Two Letters of Reference
Vulnerable Sector Search
NOC CODE: 4212

Salary information may be found on:

“Child and Youth Care (with Addictions) Support Worker” Video

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