Special Care Counselling (AEC – JNC.1G)

Start Date: TBD
End Date: August 2019
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 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.




Program Content

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

  • 350-002-LA – Human Development – 60 Hours
  • 351-122-LA – Fieldwork I – 105 Hours
  • 351-101-LA – Role of the Special Care Counsellor – 60 Hours
  • 351-102-LA – Communication Skills– 45 Hours
  • 351-113-LA – Observation Techniques – 45 Hours
  • 351-350-LA – Fieldwork II – 225 Hours
  • 351-224-LA – Biopsychosocial Adjustment – 60 Hours
  • 351-124-LA – Introduction to Clinical Tools and Activities – 45 Hours
  • 351-210-LA – Language and Learning Disabilities – 60 Hours
  • 351-211-LA – Group Work and Intercultural Relationships – 60 Hours
  • 351-330-LA – Developmental Disabilities and ASD – 60 Hours
  • 351-328-LA – Ageing and Loss of Autonomy – 45 Hours
  • 351-332-LA – Crisis Intervention – 60 Hours
  • 351-335-LA – Youth in Difficulty – 45 Hours
  • 351-659-LA – Intervention Planning – 45 Hours
  • 351-334-LA – Helping Relationship – 45 Hours
  • 351-422-LA – Internship – 600 Hours
  • 351-428-LA – Violence and Social Exclusion – 45 Hours
  • 351-429-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
  • 351-654-LA – Integrative Project – 90 Hours
  • 351-658-LA – Advanced Clinical Tools and Approaches – 45 Hours
  • 351-660-LA – Support Networks – A Holistic Approach – 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.

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). 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.


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.