Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention

TH-Youth FRJohn Abbott College is the only English college in Québec to offer a program in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention. Courses in this three-year program provide students with a solid foundation in applied social sciences, criminology, penal law and psychology. 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 to facilitate social reintegration. We offer a wide variety of stage settings in French and in English. Almost all of our program teachers are bilingual.


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 such as youth rehabilitation centers, community organizations, schools, drug rehabilitation centers, prisons and halfway houses. Such placements require applicants to submit proof of Good Conduct (no criminal record) prior to the 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.

Fieldwork 1 & 2

Fieldwork I and II are observational stages whereby students visit and observe various work settings to familiarize themselves with potential fieldwork placements.

In each Fieldwork, students will visit between 6 to 8 sites. These visits will be to different adult and juvenile facilities.

Students are responsible for their own transportation.

Fieldwork 3

In this Fieldwork, students are placed in a correctional intervention setting for 8 hours per week for 15 weeks, under the supervision of both a field supervisor and a supervisor from our program. Fieldwork III is considered an observation stage and a preparation for Fieldwork IV.

Placement is organized in the winter term during FWII. The teacher responsible for Fieldwork II is also responsible for placing students in their respective fieldwork setting. Students do not make their own arrangements.

Students will be asked for their preferences but cannot be guaranteed a placement in the setting of their choice. Many factors are taken into consideration, such as a working knowledge of French, and each stage setting offers an excellent learning opportunity.

Students will be notified of their placement by the end of the winter term (4th semester).

Fieldwork 4

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. Students remain in the same setting as Fieldwork III. Upon completion of this fieldwork, students should have attained a level of proficiency sufficient to enable them to work independently in the correctional field.

Note: Students will be provided with a Fieldwork Guide in Fieldwork III outlining essential information: ethical guidelines, student and supervisor responsibilities, evaluation procedures, behavioural expectations, etc.

Please be aware that some fieldwork settings require a background check and have the right to refuse a student for a visit or placement. It is also at the discretion of the fieldwork setting to terminate a stage placement for inappropriate or unprofessional behaviour.



  • 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 are 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 centers 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 operated by Batshaw and other Centres de Jeunesse and include both open and closed units. Some are home-like settings within a residential area whereas others are more institutionalized.
  • 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 Homes Once inmates complete their stay in prisons, many then move on to stay in a halfway house which is a transition between a prison 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 also offer fieldwork settings for our students.
  • First Nations Fieldwork settings are also available in First Nations settings.


  • 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).


Although graduates of the program find rewarding and challenging careers within the adult and youth correctional systems and related fields, our program is also an excellent platform from which to enter studies at the university level in criminology, sociology, law, psychology or social work. Our program is recognized by many universities in Canada and aboard, 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, amoug others.

Career opportunities for graduates include working with youth in youth and family centres and community programs or working with adult offender prisons, half-way houses and drug rehabilitation centres.

A DEC in Correctional is recognized by many provincial ministries, departments and agencies. This may lead to employment as 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.


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

Semester 6
Fieldwork IV, Integration Seminar

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



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 (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.

514-457-6610 x5361, 5355 & 5358

514-457-6610 x5770