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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, behavioral 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.

The Addictions Support modules explore the physical, emotional and social effects of alcohol, drugs and gambling, examine the process of addictions assessment and teach effective case management skills.


What career opportunities are available to graduates of the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker Program?

Child and youth support worker

Addictions support worker

Addictions counsellor

Student assistant

Support worker

Youth coordinator

Community support worker

Family support worker


I chose Medix College because it is a local school. I am studying to be a child and youth worker. I knew it was something that I wanted to do to continue on with my education and find a place where I could contribute back to the community.

The reason why I chose C.Y.W. because I've always really loved children and i know that there are a lot of families out there who do need the extra support. I do want to continue my education, I want to get my degree in child and youth work.

I do plan on progressing in my field. The reason why I chose to continue my education is for my family, I have three children and I just wanted to be a good example for them to show them that education and working hard towards your goals can really change your life and give you the purpose that you need in order to live a meaningful life.

Before it came to Medix I had a lot of uncertainty in my life and being here has helped me develop an enhance skills that will be useful. The instructors are great, the students are great, it's a very good environment. What I enjoy most about the campus is the instructors, my peers, the environment here, everybody here is very friendly, very supportive, encouraging.

They also teach you how to be more professional in the workplace and how to enhance your skills, move forward and obtain an education that is something to be proud of.


Where do graduates of the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker work?

Health centres

Treatment centres

Youth centres


Foster care programs

Correctional facilities


What are common job tasks for individuals working in theĀ Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker field?

Supervise activities of clients living in group homes and half-way houses.

Implement substance abuse treatment programs.

Resolve conflict situations.

Implement behaviour management programs.

Report writing (assessments, follow-up, progress, court reports).

Evaluate counselling programs and interventions.


Why choose the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker Program at Medix College?

Practical skill-building and a practicum component are used to give students a well-rounded understanding of the role of the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker. During the course of this program, students will learn all of the skills and be trained in all the procedures that will be required of them in their new careers.

As a mandatory component of our programs, all Medix students are required to complete two off-site practicums (Practicum I & Practicum II) as well as a field placement component. Practicum I (112 hours) takes place concurrently during the first year and students will spend an average of 4 hours per week for 28 weeks in either a group recreation, group care or community program setting. Practicum II (148 hours) takes place concurrently during the second year and students will spend an average of 4 hours per week for 37 weeks in either a group care, community treatment program, family support program or foster care setting. The field placement (240 hours) takes place following the completion of all in-class theory. During each practicum and field experience, students will keep a detailed journal used to write a personal reflection paper to highlight his/her applied learning.

Medix College also provides an employment advantage as we have established relationships with many employers in the field. As a result, employers in the field contact us before posting jobs to the general public giving current students and graduates of the program an advantage in the hiring process.


Students looking to start training in this program have a number of options to finance their education. By exploring these options, students will be able to gain financial assistance and support as they are training for a career. Some financing options available to students include:

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) (if Applicable)

Ontario Second Career

Out of Province Options

Student Lines of Credit

Lifelone Learning Plan


Employment Ontario

Monthly Payment Plan

 Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify. Please contact us for more details regarding Financial Assistance.








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Gr.12 OSSD/High School Graduate or Mature Student Status (18 Ontario, 19 out of province)

Successful completion of entrance evaluation

Admissions interview


The admissions process for this program is a four part process:

Initial Contact

Contact an admissions representative to schedule an appointment. The admissions representative will be able to answer any questions that you might have regarding the program or general questions about Medix College.

Confidential Interview

An interview will be completed in order to determine if students have the right attitude to be successful in the program.

Business Affairs Assessment

The business affairs assessment is an appointment to determine if students are eligible for one of the many financial aid options.


After the financial plan is in place, enrollment is official and students will be able to start classes in order to train for an exciting new career.