Overview of the CYCAA Online Learning Courses

Continuous learning is an integral part of professional development as a Child and Youth Counsellor. Whether new to the field of practice or a seasoned professional, it is essential to keep well-informed of best practices, innovations and trends. The courses in this program are offered at three learning levels, designed with a progression of knowledge in mind. The Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta is proud to offer online education programs to its valued members at no additional cost. There is no set time to complete the course material, individuals can work at their own pace based on what their timelines and schedules allow. Participants are awarded a certificate of completion at the end of each learning unit. Each unit of learning will take approximately two hours to complete, making it relatively easy to fit into busy work lives.

Courses and Learning Units

Level 1 – Foundations in Child and Youth Care 

This course package is perfect for the new Child and Youth Care Professional or someone interested in refreshing their knowledge of the field of practice. Learners will understand what it means to be a Child and Youth Care Professional by gaining knowledge and skills in the following topic areas.

  • Professionalism in Child and Youth Care
  • Helping Skills
  • Activity Programming
  • Developmental Areas
  • Introduction to Family Work
  • Writing, documenting and recording
  • Introduction to Addiction
  • Brain Development
  • Complex Families
  • Introduction to Indigenous Awareness

Level 2 – Core Competencies in Child and Youth Care

This course package is designed in preparation for meeting the knowledge requirements learners need to successfully pass the Child and Youth Care Professional Certification Exam in Alberta. Learners will have a clear understanding of theoretical concepts and the transfer of such into daily practice. Topic areas include:

  • Professionalism in Child and Youth Care
  • Self Care
  • Systemic Framework
  • Therapeutic Milieu
  • Lifespan Development
  • Basic Care
  • Program Development
  • Relationship Development
  • Client Service Planning
  • Individual Interventions
  • Child and Youth Care Work with Families
  • Mental Health
  • Group Interventions

Level 3 – Advanced Child and Youth Care

Advanced learning is for individuals who have already successfully become Certified Child and Youth Care Professionals in the Province of Alberta, via the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta. The course package will take the learner to more advanced levels of best practice learning, involving innovative professional development areas of focus.

  • Leadership
  • Supervision
  • Trauma
  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Brain Development
  • Advocacy