The Graduate Diploma in Youth Work gives you an understanding of the various approaches and practices used in the field, combining the latest principles of youth development with training in clinical interventions. You will develop the skills needed to support young people aged 10 to 30 while gaining exposure to a variety of professional settings. Under the guidance of our faculty members you will learn about a wide range of clinical approaches with young people, including an emphasis on relational, emancipatory and psycho-educational techniques. Montreal’s culturally diverse population offers work opportunities with groups in need such as First Nations and refugee youth, as well as programs in addiction and residential care. Our courses are designed to help you build a portfolio for an application to Quebec's Ordre des psychoéducateurs et psychoéducatrices, based on their "application par equivalences" program.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 33 credits.
24 credits – Required Courses
AHSC 510 - Advanced Research Methods in Youth Work (3 credits)
AHSC 520 - Psychoeducation and Youth Work Ethics in Practice (3 credits)
AHSC 522 - Fundamentals of Child and Youth Care Work (3 credits)
AHSC 525 - Individual and Group Intervention with Youth (3 credits)
AHSC 527 - Advanced Youth Work Intervention: Case Management and Supervision (3 credits)
AHSC 530 - Community Youth Development (3 credits)
AHSC 540 - Mental Health and Addictions: Youth Work Perspectives, Policies and Practices (3 credits)
AHSC 565 - Parent-Child Relations (3 credits)
Electives (Credit count variable)
AHSC 512 - Sexuality in Human Relations (3 credits)
AHSC 513 - Family Communication (3 credits)
AHSC 551 - Counselling Skills and Concepts (6 credits)
AHSC 560 - Health Promotion (6 credits)
AHSC 598 - Special Topics in Youth Work (3 credits)
AHSC 599 - Independent Study (3 credits)
Required Fieldwork (Credit count variable)
AHSC 533 - Internship I in Youth Work (3 credits)
AHSC - 537 Internship II in Youth Work (6 credits)
AHSC - 538 Extended Internship in Youth Work (9 credits)
Chosen in consultation with the program advisor.
Prerequisites at the undergraduate level include at least three credits in adolescent development and three credits in social science research methods.
Evidence of some volunteer or work experience with children or youth is required.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
Note: Candidates must be aware that a Police Check is required prior to an internship placement.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
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Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students are eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.