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||Diploma in Community, Family and Child Studies
Community, Family and Child Studies is a dynamic professional, two year program that is based on contemporary research and grounded in principles of social justice, strengths-based practice, and self-determination. Teachers create a co-operative learning community where all members contribute and learn from one another.
The Diploma prepares students to promote, support and strengthen the well-being of individuals and families and to work as caring, ethical professionals who can adapt to meet current and emergent community needs.
As students progress through integrated courses and practica they will become familiar with a variety of community services and gain experience supporting individuals and families. Students will develop leadership skills and participate in planning, advocacy and civic engagement activities to strengthen community.
Career/Academic Advancement Opportunities
There are many employment opportunities for graduates of the program. Graduates may work independently and/or as a member of an interdisciplinary team, and will be accountable to individuals or community organizations. Community and team environments could include family support services, schools and after school programs, family resource centres, life skills and recreation programs, youth services, women’s services, employment training programs, community outreach, foster care, and group homes.
Graduates may be eligible to receive block transfer (60 credits) towards the UVIC BA in Child & Youth Care. Transfer credit for related programs at other BC Post Secondary Institutions may also be available. Contact the Advising Centre of the institution of choice for more details. Certificate graduates from other Community, Family and Studies Department programs (Community Support and Education Assistant; Early Learning and Care; Indigenous Family Support Program, Mental Health and Addictions) can apply to enter Year 2 of the diploma (Certificate graduates can complete the program part-time over two years and will be required to take some Year 1 courses. See Program Leader for details).