The Aboriginal Youth Care (AYC) Certificate Program offers the skills and knowledge required to strengthen Aboriginal youth and families. The NEC Native Education College is in partnership with Douglas College in delivery of the AYC Program. This 10 month certificate program will provide the competencies and knowledge for serving the needs of Aboriginal children and youth, regardless of their family situation or dynamics. The workplace practicum will provide hands-on experience leading to employment opportunities. All courses are offered in the evening. Students take 7 courses through the NEC Native Education College and 4 courses through Douglas College. The next offering of the AYC Program begins in September 2013.
The Aboriginal Youth Care (AYC) certificate program addresses issues of power and issues of discrimination based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, class and culture. The educational objective of the certificate is to provide students with the knowledge, values and skills necessary for an initial level of professional practice focusing on the relationship between client problems and public issues. Critical thinking and structural analysis are central to the learning experience and to the promotion of social justice and human well-being.
Aboriginal youth require care that supports a sense of belonging to a community through understanding traditional culture and the history of Aboriginal people in Canada. As a youth worker, you can help youth master common life skills, guide them towards independence and help them achieve a sense of gratitude for their gifts. Careers are available in schools, social service agencies and AYC certificate credits are transferable to the NEC’s FCC Diploma Program and Douglas College’s CYCC Diploma Program.
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- Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent
- Minimum C+ average in Grade 12 English
- 2 Reference Letters
- 21 years of age or older
- 1 year or more related work experience
- CAAT demonstrating grade 12 or higher in Reading Comprehension and Language
- 2 Reference Letters and
- 1 page essay expressing interest in the program
- Well established support system
- Criminal Record Check
- FCC 105 Basic Counselling Skills
- FCC 110 Human Development I
- PSY 120 Cultural Health Practices
- CFCS 1142 Introduction to Aboriginal Child and Youth Care (Douglas College)
- CFCS 2332 Strengthening Family Spirit (Douglas College)
- FCC 120 Human Development II
- FCC 115 Interpersonal Communication
- PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
- CFCS 2212 Transforming Legislation and Policies (Douglas College)
- CFCS 1112 Working in Communities (Douglas College)
AYC 150 AYC Practicum
Tuition: $4851.00 / Registration Fees: $50.00 / Graduation Fees: $10.00 / Student Association Fees: $10.00 / Student Record and Archiving Fee: $5.00 / Book Fees will be provided upon acceptance
Basic Counselling Skills
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills fundamental to basic counselling. Students are encouraged to begin to develop their own model of practice through discussion and critically analyzing the helping model of Gerard Egan and other models of helping. A primary focus is on students learning and practicing basic communication skills: attending, listening, paraphrasing, summarizing, empathy, and probing.
Human Development I
This course is an in depth study of child development from pre-birth through to age 12 years. Aboriginal child development is studied in depth. Historical perspectives, theories and methods give students an understanding about early childhood studies, ethical issues and approaches to child study. Influences upon the developing child are studied and students are able to establish guidelines for the role of the counsellor.
This course is about a basic life skill. The course focuses on what to do about communicating rather than what to think about it. The philosophy is that the only way to learn a skill is experientially. You have to do it. Students have to perform the exercises, follow the suggestions both in the textbook and the exercise activities and make these skills their own through practice.
Human Development II
The focus for this course is on adolescence and the adult years. Understanding human development is basic to therapeutic practice and is essential for all work with clients. Topics include puberty, independence, coupling, aging and death and dying. Prerequisite: FCC 110
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology emphasizes the scientific method in the study of human behaviour. The course focuses on the history and methods of psychological enquiry, the phenomena of sensation and perception and the fundamentals of conditioning and learning. Other topics, including human development, physiology, and the properties of language, thinking and states of awareness, will be selected at the discretion of the instructor.
Cultural Health Practices
Students will examine holistic healing practices and spiritual traditions of indigenous people from different parts of the world, including their own cultural traditions on personal healing paths. They will be encouraged to define their own philosophies around healing and working with others in a helping profession, as Aboriginal beliefs and philosophies around relationships to the land, the earth’s healing energy, and the interconnectedness of all life will be explored. The importance of storytelling, myth, ritual and symbolism will be reviewed.