Youth 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.
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).
- You enjoy participating in scenarios where you conduct an interview with someone about a specific issue.
- You like participating in scenarios where you will have to help and calm someone who is having a crisis.
- You are comfortable learning about subjects such as sexual assault, murder, child abuse, suicide, spousal abuse, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, pedophilia, organized crime, youth protection, drugs and more.
- You are willing to work with a clientele who may sometimes be difficult.
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.
Student activities and fieldwork play an integral part in the program. Students apply their knowledge during two practical fieldwork placements totaling 600 hours of experience. Fieldwork settings involve various opportunities working with either youth or adult clienteles.
You may be required to obtain a proof of good conduct prior to a ‘stage’ placement. A background check will also be required in Fieldwork 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.
- 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.
- Fieldwork settings are also available in indigenous settings.
If I have prior CEGEP, college or university degree or have completed some courses, will I be credited for them?
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.
Will I be able to pursue university studies with a DEC in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention?
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.
Who is eligible to study in the YACI program?
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.
Other than having a high school diploma, does the YACI program require certain prerequisites?
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.
Where can I work with a DEC in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention?
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.
Will I be required to get a certificate of good conduct to study in YACI?
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.
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
No specific prerequisites are required for this program.
OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
- Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
- Secondary 5 Second Language
- Secondary 4 Mathematics
Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.
How To Apply
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.
Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.
Program start: Fall
- Complete the online SRAM application
- Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 310.B0
- Upload any necessary documents directly to your online SRAM application
Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions Office.
514-457-6610 x5358, 5355 & 5361
Youth & Adult Correctional Intervention Department
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