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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).
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At the completion of the program students will be able to:
- Use principles of social justice as a foundation for practice and to enhance the quality of life of children, youth, adults and families.
- Work effectively and proactively within groups, systems and organizations to enhance the quality of services and resources for children, youth and adults.
- Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of integrated support plans for children, youth and adults.
- Demonstrate interpersonal competence and establish and maintain positive working relationships with and between individuals, families, community partners and the systems that support them.
- Use knowledge of human and social development across the lifespan to effectively support children, youth, adults and families.
- Collaborate with others to support children, youth and adults with diverse and changing emotional, physical and health care needs.
- Practice ethically and responsibly and demonstrate a commitment to personal and professional accountability.
* Students may use ENGL 150 in lieu of ENGL 151 toward program completion.
** Students must consult with program faculty or a Camosun College academic advisor regarding university transfer elective choices. PSYC 171 , PSYC 272, PSYC 273, PSYC 274 and SOC 160 are not accepted as electives as they duplicate content in CFCS courses. Students interested in transferring to a CYC degree program or other degree program are advised to also consult with the receiving institution regarding elective choices.
*** Students may use ENGL 160 in lieu of ENGL 161 or ENGL 163 or ENGL 164 toward program completion.
Program Participation Requirements
- Criminal Record Check is required.
- Students may be required to provide documentation of the following by the practicum site:
- A TB test may be required. Students are responsible for the cost of this test.
- Students are highly recommended to maintain current immunizations as per the Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. Recommended immunizations are found on the Health Sciences Placement Network of Canada website by searching for immunization guidelines.
Program Completion Requirements
- Students must achieve at least 60% (“C”) in each program course including: ENGL 151 ; one of: ENGL 161 , ENGL 163 , or ENGL 164 ; PSYC 154 ; PSYC 256 ; HLTH 110 ; and one elective for a total of 62 credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 (C+) in order to graduate with a Diploma in Community, Family and Child Studies.