Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention

TH-Youth FRYouth and Adult Correctional Intervention is a three year intensive professional program training students in an interdisciplinary curriculum of study in law, psychology, social work and criminology. Students will develop professional skills and will acquire practical field experience. We offer a wide variety of stage settings in French and in English. John Abbott College is the only college in Québec to offer this program in English.

Students are encouraged to participate in community programs connected with correctional studies to allow them to exercise and develop human relation skills. Graduates will be prepared to act as authority figures and role models. As part of a team, they will also develop professional skills enabling them to work in a helping relationship.

Program Information

Is this program right for you?
Before applying to this program, ask yourself the following questions:
How comfortable are you participating in scenarios where you conduct an interview with someone about a specific issue?
How comfortable are you participating in scenarios where you will have to help and calm someone who is having a crisis?
How comfortable are you learning about subjects such as sexual assault, murder, child abuse, suicide, spousal abuse, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, pedophilia, organized crime, youth protection, drugs, etc.?

This program is for you if:
• you are mature and possess good people skills
• you enjoy working as part of a team
• you can show empathy while acting as an authority figure
• you are ready to act as a role model
• you are physically able to master required self-defense and CPR techniques, (successful completion of these courses is mandatory for graduation)
• you possess a basic knowledge of French (an asset)


Semester 1
Analysis of the Profession, Judicial System, Intro to Criminology, Observation Methods

Semester 2
Communication Techniques, Adult Criminology, Juvenile Criminology, Penal Law, Adolescence to Maturity

Semester 3
Correctional Services, Juvenile Institutions, Clinical Criminology I, Psychopathology & Deviance, Prevention, Fieldwork I *

Semester 4
Clinical Criminology II, Community Resources, Crisis Intervention, Fieldwork II *, Ethnic & Social Diversity

Semester 5
Drugs, CPR & First Responder, Self-Defense, Group Techniques, Integrating Legal Intervention, Fieldwork III (consists of 120 hours of unremunerated work, to be completed over 15 consecutive weeks. One day per week, 5 hours per day.)

Semester 6
Fieldwork IV (consists of 480 hours of unremunerated work, to be completed over 15 consecutive weeks. The total time each week is approximately 32 hours, over a minimum of 4 days.), Integration Seminar.

* Students will visit between 6 to 8 sites in Fieldwork I & II.


For complete list of courses, please view the Course Calendar.


Frequently Asked Questions

Students who have already completed a DEC ('Diplôme dʼétudes collégiales') will receive credit for the general education courses (English, French, Humanities, Physical Education and complementary courses) that they previously passed. It is difficult to grant equivalences for Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention courses because some of the content and competencies may be different than other university or college program courses. If you are admitted into the YACI program, we invite you to meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss the possibility of transferring credits.
This program can be a good stepping stone to many university programs such as Social Work, Law, Criminology, Sociology, Psychology, etc. Our program is recognized by many universities in Canada and abroad, who grant our graduates advanced standing in certain disciplines. For example, Concordia in Montreal recognizes 15 credits in their B.A. in Applied Human Relations, among others.
Canadian citizens, landed immigrants and/or international students are eligible to study in the Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention program. Applicants should not possess a criminal record as it will greatly limit 'stage' and work possibilities.
There are no particular prerequisites needed. However, students who apply should have above-average results since this program is very competitive. The YACI program receives over 120 applications yearly, but admits only about 40 students.
When accepted in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention, you will be trained to work in some of the following fields: 'Centres Jeunesse' (child care worker), drug rehabilitation centres (counsellor), prisons & penitentiaries (correctional officer), women's shelter (counsellor), schools (behavioural technician), community organizations, etc. A DEC in Correctional is recognized by many provincial ministries, departments and agencies. This may lead to employment as a socio-economic assistance officer, fraud investigator, cinema inspector, CSST claims inspector, tobacco inspector, research, inquiry and survey inspector. It is also recognized by the city of Montreal for certain jobs.
For anyone over 18 years of age, a Certificate of Good Conduct (called “une preuve des antécédants judiciaries” in French) is a written proof that one does not possess a criminal record. You may be required to obtain such an official document prior to a 'stage' placement. A background check will also be required in Fieldword I & II courses to visit specific settings. Fieldwork locations have the right to refuse a student for a visit or placement. The College cannot guarantee access to a placement if a student has a prior criminal record or whose conduct is deemed incompatible with their future duties.


Student activities and fieldwork play an integral part in the program. Students apply their knowledge during four practical fieldwork placements totaling 600 hours of experience. Fieldwork courses involve actual youth and adult correctional work in settings.

Public High Schools: In this setting, the student works with high school students who are judged to be at risk of delinquency or are having emotional or behavioural difficulties.
Alternative Schools: This is a challenging environment in which the student will work directly with high school age students who are unable to remain in the regular school system because of conduct or behavioural problems.
Drop-In Centres: The challenge at drop-in centres is gaining the trust of troubled adolescents and being able to intervene in a manner that will be accepted by them. The student needs to be out-going and have good observational skills.
Group Homes: Numerous group homes as well as both open and closed units operated by Centres Jeunesse in the Montreal region. Some are home-like settings within a residential area (group homes) whereas others are more institutionalized, (open and closed units).
Drug Rehabilitation Centres: Working with youth who have drug addiction problems.
Community Organizations: Dans la rue, L’Anonyme, Y.M.C.A. and SUN YOUTH are also interesting fieldwork settings.

Adult Detention Centres: Students planning on becoming Correctional Officers can do their fieldwork at one of a number of correctional institutions. These include Federal and Provincial institutions and encompass minimum, medium and maximum-security facilities.
Halfway Houses: Once inmates complete their stay in prison, many move on to stay in a halfway house which is a transition between prison/penitentiary and independent living.
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centres: People with drug and/or alcohol problems reside in these home-like residential facilities.
Shelters: Women who have been abused can seek protection in women’s shelters. They remain
there until they feel confident and secure to maintain independent living.
Shelters for homeless men and women also offer fieldwork settings for our students.

Indigenous Organizations
Fieldwork settings are also available in indigenous settings.

Communication and Creativity

Communication and creativity are skills that students in the Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention program develop. To be able to communicate properly and effectively is an important skill to develop if you want to work in this field. Also, to be creative when helping clients solve important issues and problems is very helpful.

Here are some examples of assignments that students produced for courses in the Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention program.



A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics, Secondary 4 Science and Technology or Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology, Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education.

OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics. 

OR Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.


No specific prerequisites is required for this program.



John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.
The application deadline is March 1 (for fall semester). Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.

Program start: Fall 

To apply:

  • Complete the online application at
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 310.B0
  • If applicable, mail in photocopies of all required documents and the application fee.

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.

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