Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention

Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention (310.B0)

PROGRAM PLANNER FOR FALL 2010 OR LATER The following planner indicates all the courses needed and the usual path to complete your DEC in this program.

  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention.
ENGLISH | 603-101-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete four (4) English courses to obtain their DEC. Courses 603-102 and 603-103 may be taken in either order only after successfully completing 603-101. Course 603-200-MQ is the 4th and last English course required. Click here to view courses list.

HUMANITIES | 345-1xx-MQ

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB. Click here to view courses list. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-1xx-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list. 

COMPLEMENTARY COURSE

Complementary courses provide an opportunity for students to explore subjects outside their field of concentration and are offered in six different areas. Except for Liberal Arts, Arts & Sciences and Double DEC programs, students must take two (2) complementary courses as part of their General Education requirement.
Students are encouraged to select courses from subjects that are outside their program of study;
Students can take a course from each ensemble of the same domain;
Or
Students can take a course from either ensemble of two different domains;
Or
Students can take a course from the same ensemble of two different domains;
Domain 1, Domain 2, Domain 3 , Domain 4 , Domain 5 and Domain 6

Click here to view courses list. 

Analysis of the Profession | 310-100-AB

The goal of this course is to help students gain an understanding of the correctional network and to examine tasks, operations, skills and behaviours required by the occupation. Students will begin to define and formulate an opinion with regards to delinquency, training and job requirements. Student’s personal motivation for intervening with delinquents will also be explored.

Judicial System | 310-101-AB

This course will explore every step of the judicial process while paying special attention to the Canadian and Québec Charters and the rights of individuals in the judicial process. Students will also analyze the effects of various private and social legislation on delinquents, their families and friends. The rights of victims will also be examined.

Introduction to Criminology | 310-104-AB

Using key concepts in criminology: criminality, crime, victimology, deviance, marginality, hidden and official delinquency, aggravating and extenuating factors, modus operandi, etc., students will learn to identify criminogenic factors likely to lead to delinquency during adolescence and adulthood. As well, students will learn to recognize the influence of social values on the criminalization and decriminalization of various types of behaviours such as abortion, cannabis possession, prostitution, euthanasia, etc.

Observation Methods | 310-105-AB

Students will learn to apply a systematic observation process for various everyday environments in which adult delinquents and young offenders live. Students will learn to use observation grids and reports supplied by social and correctional services. They will also learn to observe the physical environment and objects, and describe their features and conditions as well as observing delinquents and groups of delinquents in various settings. Students will also learn to describe their own emotional, intellectual and physical reactions on the job, record, analyze and describe their observations to colleagues as well as designing an intervention to match the individual and the situation.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention.
ENGLISH | 603-1xx-MQ

After successfully completing their 603-101 course, students may choose to take either a 603-102 or a 603-103 course. Click here to view courses list.

HUMANITIES | 345-1xx-MQ

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB. Click here to view courses list. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-1xx-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list. 

Communication Techniques | 310-200-AB

Using verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, students will determine the objectives and types of relations to establish with delinquents, their families and friends. They will learn to communicate with delinquents, their families and friends in various professional situations and to conduct directed, semi-directed and open interviews. They will also assess their ability to communicate and interact with delinquents, their families and friends.

Adult Criminology | 310-201-AB

Prerequisite: 310-104-AB
This course will enable students to understand the scope of adult delinquency in society. Students will learn to characterize male and female delinquency, their values, lifestyle, types of misdemeanours, social tolerance, motivations, gangs, organized crime, and membership in a criminal organization.

Juvenile Criminology | 310-202-AB

This course is designed to familiarize the student with various aspects of the phenomena of juvenile behaviour. Students will learn to identify the various problems juveniles encounter in their different levels of maturity and development and how young people deal with these problems. Criminal offences committed by both male and female youths will also be explored. An overview of gang delinquency and recruitment will also be given.

Penal Law | 310-205-AB

This course will provide students with an understanding of the criminal code and related acts, and the Québec code of penal procedure. Students will learn to distinguish between criminal acts and infractions, sentencing guidelines and goals, the steps involved in obtaining a pardon, etc. Students will also explore the Québec code of penal procedure and examine key infractions contained therein.

Adolescence to Maturity | 350-206-AB

This course provides an opportunity for students to study cognitive, affective and social development stages of adolescents (12 to 17 year old) and adults. The challenges of each period of development are examined and factors, both inherited and environmental, that influence development are identified.



  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention.
ENGLISH | 603-1xx-MQ
After successfully completing their 603-101 course, students may choose to take either a 603-102 or a 603-103 course. Click here to view courses list. 
FRENCH | 602-1xx-MQ

Every student needs one of each of the Block “A” and Block “B” courses in order to complete their DEC. For each block, there are four levels of courses: Level 1 , Level 2 , Level 3 and Level 4.
Placement in the appropriate level of French is determined by the students’ high school marks. The French Department reserves the right to change the placement of a student upon written notice. Students take the Block “B” course at the same level as the Block “A” course.
If placement determines that students do not have a college level of proficiency in French, students may be required to take remedial courses to upgrade their knowledge of the language. Click here to view courses list.

Correctional Services | 310-300-AB

This course will give students an understanding of the mission, policies, standards and rules of correctional services in Québec and Canada. Students will understand the roles and responsibilities of correctional workers such as correctional service officers, head of sector, director of operations, unit managers, etc. The role of correctional officers in specific programs offered in community residential facilities will also be explored.

Juvenile Institutions | 310-301-AB

Prerequisite: 310-202-AB
Students will examine the structure and operation of the youth intervention network. They will analyse services and programs available, the role, responsibilities, powers and duties of youth workers. They will also learn to write evaluation reports and make recommendations to the person legally responsible for a youth. As well, they will learn to avoid traps inherent in various interventions when dealing with a delinquent or pre-delinquent youth.

Clinical Criminology 1 | 310-302-AB

This course will provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the various theories and clinical approaches used in the treatment of troubled youths, delinquents, and criminals. Students will be exposed to a range of treatment models such as Psychoanalytical, Cognitive-Behavioural, Reality, Gestalt etc. They will also learn to critically analyze and assess these models. This course is a prerequisite for Clinical Criminology II.

Psychopathology and Deviance | 310-303-AB

Through this course, the student will learn to distinguish the characteristic symptoms of various types of mental disorders among delinquents. They will gain an understanding of the link between mental disorders and criminality and learn appropriate means for intervening with a delinquent who is displaying a mental disorder.

Prevention | 310-304-AB

Prevention focuses on the many risk factors that contribute to involvement with crime. These may include inadequate parenting, substance abuse, lack of self-control, peer association and others. The course considers innovative strategies that include peer support, mentorship and community networks that can ensure long term viability. Preventative interventions dealing with delinquency, personal security and physical security will also be examined.

Fieldwork 1 | 310-305-AB

Prerequisite: 310-105-AB
Fieldwork I involves a series of visits to organizations in the juvenile and adult correctional intervention milieu. Students will be exposed to the working environment, and the physical setting. They will also gain a better understanding of the staff functions and various clienteles.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention.
ENGLISH | 603-200-AB

After successfully completing their 603-102 and 603-103 courses, students must choose a 603-200 course. Click here to view courses list. 

FRENCH | 602-2xx-AB

Every student needs one of each of the Block “A” and Block “B” courses in order to complete their DEC. For each block, there are four levels of courses: Level 1 , Level 2 , Level 3 and Level 4.
Placement in the appropriate level of French is determined by the students’ high school marks. The French Department reserves the right to change the placement of a student upon written notice. Students take the Block “B” course at the same level as the Block “A” course.
If placement determines that students do not have a college level of proficiency in French, students may be required to take remedial courses to upgrade their knowledge of the language. Click here to view courses list. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-103-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list. 

Ethnic and Social Diversity | 387-401-AB

The goal of this Sociology course is for students to acquire the professional skills that enable them to effectively support their youth or adult delinquent clientele. These skills include: developing understanding of social and ethno cultural diversity; learning to recognize and identify behaviour and attitudes that indicate intolerance towards certain social and ethnic groups; and developing a tolerance and acceptance towards these and other groups and their differences. Correctional Technology students learn how to formulate and ask questions to their clients about their lifestyles, including their living conditions and education, beliefs and values.
Students also learn to understand the actions of their clients, to demonstrate respect towards them, to communicate with them, and to adapt to the clients’ needs in order to help resolve problems. Clients may include: victims of physical and sexual aggression; drug users and abusers; gays and lesbians; street kids; homeless; gang members; and/or members of marginalized ethnic, religious and racial communities. This course develops sensitivity in students to issues which may arise in a variety of professional situations.

Clinical Criminology 2 | 310-400-AB

Prerequisite: 310-302-AB
In this course, although there will be a brief review of the theories and modalities covered in Clinical Criminology I, the main focus will be on the application of them. Thus, using case studies, students will work on developing the skills necessary to work in settings with troubled youths, delinquents, and criminals.

Community Resources | 310-402-AB

This course will identify the community resources available to delinquents, their families or friends. Students will learn what resources are available, to assess the delinquent’s problems, needs and situations and seek a suitable resource or refer him to the appropriate resource. They will learn to follow up on their referrals. Students will also understand how a community resource is organized and operates.

Crisis Intervention | 310-403-AB

This course will identify various types of crisis such as physical and verbal aggression, accidents and distress situations like psychotic or suicidal crisis. Students will learn to observe delinquents and situations and recognize advance warning signs. They will learn to protect their physical integrity and manage stress while taking appropriate action depending on the type of crisis. Students will learn to defuse a crisis, ask for help, intervene in a non-violent manner, follow up and assess the impact of the intervention on all participants.

Fieldwork 2 | 310-404-AB

Prerequisite: 310-105-AB
Fieldwork II is a continuation of Fieldwork I. Students will continue to observe and learn about various milieus in the field of correctional intervention and gain a more in-depth understanding of the tasks and operations of the occupation, and the skills and behaviours required to pursue a career in the field.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention.
HUMANITIES | 345-2xx-MQ

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB. Click here to view courses list. 

COMPLEMENTARY COURSE

Complementary courses provide an opportunity for students to explore subjects outside their field of concentration and are offered in six different areas. Except for Liberal Arts, Arts & Sciences and Double DEC programs, students must take two (2) complementary courses as part of their General Education requirement.
Students are encouraged to select courses from subjects that are outside their program of study;
Students can take a course from each ensemble of the same domain;
Or
Students can take a course from either ensemble of two different domains;
Or
Students can take a course from the same ensemble of two different domains;
Domain 1, Domain 2, Domain 3 , Domain 4 , Domain 5 and Domain 6

Click here to view courses list. 

Drugs | 310-501-AB

In this course, students will learn to recognize psychotropic substances, their signs and symptoms. Students will be informed of the damaging effects and the dangers of drug use and abuse, how to detect signs of drug use and identify symptoms of intoxication. They will identify the factors underlying heavy drinking or substance abuse by delinquents. The extent of drug use by delinquents and the links between substance abuse and delinquency will also be examined. This course also provides information on drug intervention resources.

CPR and First Responder | 310-502-AB

In this course, students will learn to use first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. While complying with crisis intervention protocols, students will learn to determine the care required by the type of physical problem identified in a client and correctly execute first aid and cardiopulmonary techniques. As well, students will learn to refer clients to appropriate resources, correctly report the facts, inform their colleagues, the client’s family and examine the repercussions of the intervention in professional and personal terms.

Self-Defence | 310-503-AB

In compliance with protocols for crisis intervention, students will learn the proper use of necessary force when dealing with clients; while keeping a clear focus on their personal security as well as the security of the premises and that of others involved in the crisis or incident. Students will learn the correct execution of dodging, blocking, control, immobilization and release techniques. As well, students will learn to refer clients to appropriate resources, correctly report the facts, inform their colleagues, the client’s family and examine the repercussions in professional and personal terms.

Group Techniques | 310-506-AB

Students will learn how to work in a team by understanding the roles, responsibilities, and skills of a team worker. Students will develop the necessary attitudes and behaviours for productive team collaboration as well as the various methods of information sharing. They will learn to participate in and lead meetings between colleagues as part of a multidisciplinary team. As well, they will learn to resolve conflicts within a team, establish and maintain ties with team members and assess their own way of working as part of a team and in partnership. Students will also learn the basics of planning and running a group for delinquents.

Integrating Legal Intervention | 310-507-AB

Students will be presented an overview of the structure and operations of the youth and adult intervention system and how a technician’s responsibilities relate to the application of legal measures targeting young people with behavioural problems, young offenders and adult offenders. It is an integration of two previous law courses as well as juvenile institutions and correctional services.
Students will examine legislation governing private and social relations that affect delinquents, their family members and persons close to them. They will examine the consequences of crime on victims as well as their rights. They will also explore recourses open to persons whose rights have been infringed. Students will also go over the preparation and giving of testimony in court and we will consider ethical and professional values while working with delinquents. Finally, students will learn how to avoid traps inherent in various intervention situations with delinquents.

Fieldwork 3 | 310-508-AB

Prerequisites: 310-305-AB & 310-404-AB
In this fieldwork, students are placed in a correctional intervention setting for 8 hours per week for 15 weeks, under the supervision of a field supervisor. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the general principles of intervention and the internal functioning of an organization.
Students will acquire a working knowledge of the methods, rules, procedures and codes governing the organization. This fieldwork will permit students to identify the role(s) they feel most comfortable in assuming.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course in English or French.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention.
Fieldwork 4 | 310-600-AB

Prerequisite: 310-508-AB
In this final fieldwork, students perform unremunerated work in a correctional or related setting for 32 hours per week for 15 weeks. Students will intervene with clients individually or in groups. Duties may include, among others, organizing, running and evaluating individual or group activities. Working within a team students will, under supervision of their field supervisors, gradually perform the tasks they will ultimately be called upon to carry out in their respective careers. In a supervised context they will become aware of their intervention capacities, attitudes and aptitudes in a helping relationship.

Integration Seminar | 310-602-AB

This course permits students to integrate their knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to their working experience during their final Fieldwork. In class, students are expected to share their Fieldwork experience with others and develop and implement interventions with the aid of their supervisors and feedback from their classmates.

Comprehensive Assessment

The comprehensive assessment is a summative assessment of the student’s achievement of the set of objectives and standards of the Correctional Intervention Program. The assessment has the following two components: The successful completion of two working stages for a total of 600 hours and the successful completion of a written comprehensive assessment consisting of approximately 5 case studies which require the student to integrate and apply the knowledge gained through their courses and stage experience.
The questions will require knowledge of both the general and specific competencies and assess the capacity to apply legal, sociological, and psychological concepts to practical field situations.


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