The Child & Youth Care: Basic Course is a 40-hour training that introduces entry level practitioners to basic concepts and skills in professional child and youth care. The classes are based on competencies for entry level practice included in state and national CYC credentialing requirements. These competencies represent concepts important for work in any of the major practice settings in the field. Completion of the course helps prepare students for successful careers working with children, youth, & families and for certification testing.

The course is typically structured as eight 5-hour modules presented over a month to two month period. Other formats can be used. Training for trainers is available (visit the TOT section of this website – or create a link here to that page).

Academy youth worker courses offer individuals and organizations local access to high quality, cost effective training. The 40-hour course has been shown to be beneficial to new workers but is intended as a supplement to existing in-agency orientation programs. The CYC: Basic Course can be followed by additional courses designed to extend theoretical understanding and skill development from basic concepts to more complex practices.

The CYC: Basic Course includes the following topics:

  • Introduction to Professional CYC Practice
  • Professional Ethics and Regulation
  • Brain-based Guidance Techniques
  • Assessment and Documentation
  • Communication
  • Developmentally Based Programming
  • Relationship Development
  • Group Work
  • Activity Development and Leadership
  • Supervising Children and Youth
  • Cultural Diversity

Course participants receive manuals for each session, between-class activities, and post-training testing using the entry-level certification exam.

Class Size

CYC: Basic Course classes are designed to accommodate up to 40 participants. Typically classes contain between 10 and 30 participants. In-class activities are modified for groups smaller than 10 participants. Increasing class size reduces per person training costs and offers cost benefits.

For more information, please email us at frank.eckles@youthworkacademy.org