Special Care Counselling (AEC – JNC.1G)

Start Date: 2017 (anticipated)
End Date: TBD
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (27 hours/week)
This training program is open to all candidates who meet the admission requirements below.

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Program information file (PDF)

Program Objective

The goal of this program is to prepare students to work with people having difficulty with social integration or adaptation. Their role is to provide support and guidance to socially conflicted youths, people with behavioural difficulties, people with physical and/or mental-health problems, seniors having lost or losing their autonomy, new immigrants, and victims of violence. Graduates will be able to find employment in public agencies such as the Ministry of Health and Social Services. Some of the organizations that hire Special Care Counsellors are: Social Service and Rehabilitation Centres, Regular or Specialized Schools, Group Homes, Youth Homes, Community Organizations and Homecare Centres.



Admission Requirements

Students must have a Quebec Diploma of Secondary Studies or a High School Leaving Certificate or have received instruction deemed sufficient by the College, as well as meet the admission criteria to an Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC). Priority will be given to students who have successfully completed a DEC in any recognized CÉGEP discipline. Students must be functionally bilingual (French and English), particularly in their oral communication skills. Prospective candidates will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and will be interviewed prior to admission to the program to verify their qualifications. Potential candidates may be required to take an appropriate remedial course(s).

Please see admission criteria to an Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC) and information concerning credit course fees.

Program Content

The Special Care Counselling Program consists of twenty-five credit courses, for a total of 2085 hours.

  • 350-001-LA – Normal Development – 60 Hours
  • 351-100-LA – Fieldwork I – 60 Hours
  • 351-111-LA – Profession and Resources – 45 Hours
  • 351-112-LA – Communication Techniques – 45 Hours
  • 351-113-LA – Observation Techniques – 45 Hours
  • 351-222-LA – Fieldwork II – 105 Hours
  • 351-224-LA – Biopsychosocial Adjustment – 60 Hours
  • 351-225-LA – Clinical Tools and Activities – 45 Hours
  • 351-226-LA – Language and Learning Disabilities – 45 Hours
  • 351-227-LA – Group Facilitation – 60 Hours
  • 351-328-LA – Ageing and Loss of Autonomy – 45 Hours
  • 351-331-LA – Intellectual Disability – 60 Hours
  • 351-332-LA – Crisis Intervention – 60 Hours
  • 351-333-LA – Youth and Maladjustment – 45 Hours
  • 351-334-LA – Helping Relationship – 45 Hours
  • 351-300-LA – Fieldwork III – 225 Hours
  • 351-422-LA – Internship – 600 Hours
  • 351-425-LA – Violence and Social Exclusion – 45 Hours
  • 351-426-LA – Mental Health and Substance Abuse – 45 Hours
  • 351-427-LA – Neurological and Physical Impairments – 60 Hours
  • 351-431-LA – Reintegration and Social Inclusion – 45 Hours
  • 351-655-LA – Integrative Project – 105 Hours
  • 351-656-LA – Advanced Clinical Tools – 45 Hours
  • 351-657-LA – Intercultural Relationships – 45 Hours
  • 387-001-LA – The Sociology of Unequal Relations – 45 Hours

In order to ensure that our graduates are competitive in the market place, the College reserves the right to modify portions of this program at any time.


I’m interested, but I already have experience

Champlain College Saint-Lambert offers the same Special Care Counselling AEC through RAC, specifically for people who have a significant amount of work or life experience. It takes from 1 to 1.5 years to complete, and can be pursued even with a full-time job.