Special Care Counselling

Start Date: Winter, 2022

(The current cohort for Winter 2021 is now full.)


Schedule: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (27 hours/week)
  • 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 behavioral 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

  • Courses

    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).

    Further details

    You are eligible to register in a program if you are a:

    • Canadian Citizen or
    • Permanent Resident or
    • Holder of a valid Student Visa

    And you can provide proof of previous studies deemed acceptable by the College, for example:

    • A Quebec Secondary V Diploma or a Diploma of Secondary Studies or equivalent scholarity or
    • A College Diploma or a University Degree or
    • An “Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec” or
    • Partial high school studies, coupled with a recommendation from a current or former employer that you would benefit from pursuing your education at the post-secondary level.

    And you meet one of the following three conditions:

    • You have not been a full-time student for at least two consecutive terms or one school year within the last 12 months.
    • You are part of an agreement between the College and an employer, or you are sponsored within the terms of a government program (for example: CSST, Emploi-Québec).
    • You have completed at least one year of post-secondary studies spread over a period of one year or more.

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