HomeBridge Youth Society Free Training for Career in Child and Youth Care

Participants will be qualified to work with vulnerable youth in Nova Socita in just five weeks.

HomeBridge Youth Society, in partnership with the Department of Community Services (DCS), is offering a free, online, 5-week Learning Academy, certifying graduates to work within any Child and Youth Care program across the province, licensed by DCS. Our province is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified practitioners in this area, therefore there is an abundance of employment opportunities for those who successfully complete the program. 

Participants will be taught by international experts in the field of Child and Youth Care along with local experts from the African Nova Scotian, Indigenous, and 2LGBTQIA+ Communities. This free training will be entirely online and qualifies graduates to immediately join the workforce as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner in Nova Scotia. 

The first training session is scheduled for September 5th through October 6th, 2023 via distance, with a second class following on September 18th and running through October 20th. Those interested in being part of this Learning Academy are encouraged to submit a resume/CV including relevant training, experience, and education, and a brief cover letter which includes the start date you are interested into learningacademy@homebridgeyouth.ca. 

Approximately 30 learners will be accepted into each session, including designated diversity positions. There is an over representation of youth in care from African Nova Scotian, Indigenous, and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. The hope is this training initiative will not only help with the shortage of qualified Child and Youth Care Practitioners in the province, but also increase the diversity of those who make up the field.

The learning modules will consist of: 

Child & Youth Care Practices 

  • Needs-based approach 
  • Therapeutic use of daily life events 
  • Self -awareness and reflective practice 
  • Stages and use of self 

Cultural Safety and Awareness (Instructors are from each community) 

  • African Nova Scotian historical context 
  • Indigenous historical context 
  • Unconscious Bias, privilege and power, white supremacy, systemic interruption and disruption 
  • Creating safety with 2SLGBTQIA+ young people and the community 

Substance Misuse / Harm Management 

  • Conceptualizing substance use and substance use disorders 
  • Mental Health & addictions – Concurrent Disorders 
  • Cannabis – reduction strategies, working through ambivalence, talking with families
  • Substance Use & Circle of Courage: connecting substance interventions within the Circle of Courage. 

Trauma Informed Theory and Practice 

  • Adverse childhood experiences 
  • Types of trauma 
  • Trauma and the brain 
  • The three pillars of care 


Jackie Woodford, Director of Operations 


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