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Top Child and Youth Care Career Opportunities After You Graduate

By December 22, 2022No Comments
Child and Youth Care Career

After passionately working your way through your addictions support worker program, you’re starting to feel that excitement of making your career vision a reality. As a compassionate person with a keen desire to help children and families as they overcome challenges and strive to create a better, healthier life, you want to take all you’ve learned and apply it. The opportunities that await graduates after our youth service worker course/family support worker program are varied and extensive.

If you’re just in the research phase of determining whether this child and youth care (CYC) career may be for you, you can take the “Anderson College Child & Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker Discovery Quiz”.

But if you’re working toward or have completed a mental health support worker program/assistant youth worker program, you undoubtedly want to know what’s next for you! We thought taking stock of the potential, those places looking to hire, and the specific positions you can research and consider, would help to empower you to dream and set your career goals in the weeks and months ahead.

Organizations and Facilities Looking to Hire a CYC Graduate Like YOU!

  • Group Homes
  • Shelters
  • Community Centres
  • Children’s Aid Agencies
  • Youth Services
  • Addictions Centres
  • Mental Health Programs
  • Detention Centres
  • Developmental Services
  • Foster Care Homes
  • Outreach

CYC Positions They’re Looking to Fill and What You’ll Be Doing in Those Roles

Child and Youth Support Worker –
Assists children and youth develop life skills, social skills and/or access to community resources. Provides care and guidance consistent with the individual’s needs whether those be related to mental health issues, behavioural challenges, or addictions.

Addictions Support Worker –
Addictions support workers provide people struggling with drugs, eating disorders, shopping addictions, or substance abuse with help and a path towards recovery. And they are responsible for working in collaboration with program clinical partner(s) to support youth in that recovery.

Addictions Counsellor –
The role of an addictions counsellor is to guide the recovering youth and help them to grow and heal according to their ability, capacity and values. They also connect them to the resources they need to live a drug-free or alcohol-free life.

Student Assistant – A student assistant is responsible for providing support services including personal care, transporting, lifting and behaviour management to students within the primary, elementary and secondary school system.

Youth Coordinator – A youth coordinator is mainly focused on developing and facilitating programs for children in various settings that enhance and support personal youth education and development.

Community Support Worker –
The community support worker provides support and personal care assistance to youth and their caregivers/families to promote and maximize independence in the home, group residence or community, including assistance with daily living activities.

Family Support Worker –
Family support workers assist at-risk children and youth. This may include offering counselling and mediation services, helping identify and access appropriate social services and helping families get life back on track after emotional, mental or physical crisis or distress.

Anderson College’s Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support program is 72 weeks, including 500 hours of externship with on-the-job training, offsite with potential employers. Delivered by industry-expert instructors, this program is designed to teach students the necessary practical skills and theory to work with adolescents, children and families with challenging social, emotional, behavioral and mental health concerns and needs. As a graduate you will be equipped with the knowledge and training to embrace this in-demand career and any number of positions at a variety of facilities and organizations.

Your success as a student, is our success. We’d like to help you get started.

If you’re ready to begin this rewarding Child & Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker career, book a virtual appointment with our Admissions team to join the next class! We’re here to support you every step along the way.

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