Aboriginal Youth Care

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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Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent 
  • Minimum C+ average in Grade 12 English 
  • 2 reference letters 
  • 100 hours work/volunteer experience or reasonable alternative demonstrating suitability for program admission 
  • Minimum of 2 years sobriety 
  • 1 page essay explaining interest in AYC Program 
  • Criminal Record Check

Or

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Did not complete grade 12 
  • 2 reference letters 
  • 100 hours work/volunteer experience or reasonable alternative demonstrating suitability for program admission 
  • Minimum of 2 years sobriety
  • 1 page essay explaining interest in AYC Program 
  • CAAT demonstrating grade 12 or higher in Reading Comprehension and Language 
  • Criminal Record Check

Semesters

Semester I    

  • FCC 105      Basic Counselling Skills
  • ENG 110    Introduction to College Writing
  • PSY 120      Cultural Health Practices
  • CFCS 1142  Introduction to Aboriginal Child and Youth Care (Douglas College)
  • CFCS 2332  Strengthening Family Spirit (Douglas College)

Semester II

  • AYC 110      Lifespan Development
  • FCC 115      Interpersonal Communication
  • PSY 101      Introduction to Psychology
  • CFCS 2212  Transforming Legislation and Policies (Douglas College)
  • CFCS 1112  Working in Communities (Douglas College)

Semester III

AYC 150    AYC Practicum

Program Cost

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

Course Descriptions

AYC 110
Lifespan Development
This course provides a broad overview of the field of human development, covering the entire
 
range of the human life, from the moment of conception through death. The course provides a
 
broad, comprehensive introduction to the field, covering basic theories and research findings, 
 
as well as highlighting current applications outside the laboratory.

FCC 105
Basic Counselling Skills

Credits:

3

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.

FCC 115
Interpersonal Communication

Credits:

3

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.

PSY 101
Introduction to Psychology

Credits:

3

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.

PSY 120
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.