Special Education



This program leads to an Attestation of College Studies and fully incorporates the skills targeted by the specific component of the program leading to the DEC 351.A0 in Special Care .

The successful completion of the program allows students to acquire skills that will enable them to exercise the profession of a special care counsellor or educator. Graduates will be able to work with people who have or may have different problems causing maladjustment to social inclusion, work with people with physical and psychological disabilities, behavior problems, disorders linked to mental and health-related disorders. Interventions are adapted to all ages groups, whether they be targeted for children, teenagers, adults or seniors.

The role of specialized educators is to analyze and evaluate the problem of the person involved in the family and his or her community, to develop a suitable intervention plan and make individual or group interventions. These activities are based on the situations of everyday life to improve communication and every dimension of the life of the person in difficulty (emotional, social, cognitive, psychomotor, morale, etc.).

The specialized educator works closely with resource persons in the health network and social services, education and community organizations. The personal development of the student, their understanding of human problems and of their social environment, their capacity to provide quality interaction, their knowledge of the approaches and their adequate control of the intervention process are at the heart of the training offered and are part of the program goals.



Students graduating in Special Care Counselling (JNC.1N) will be well prepared to do the following :

  • To examine the job functions of a special care counsellor.
  • To become familiar with community resources and services.
  • To communicate with clients and members of a work team.
  • To examine biopsychosocial adjustment issues.
  • To gather information about the client’s behaviour.
  • To design development activities and clinical tools.
  • To evaluate the ability of the client’s living environment to provide appropriate support.
  • To assist a client in need of help.
  • To associate approaches, objectives and techniques with specific adjustment problems.
  • To abide by the code of ethics of the profession.
  • To establish a helping relationship.
  • To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients with an intellectual disability.
  • To carry out activities for young people with learning or language difficulties.
  • To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients with a physical impairment or neurological disorder.
  • To act as a facilitator for groups of clients or work teams.
  • To carry out activities for older individuals who are no longer autonomous.
  • To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for young people with adjustment difficulties.
  • To protect their personal well-being.
  • To analyze the relationship between social phenomena and adjustment problems.
  • To carry out rehabilitative activities for clients with mental-health and drug-addiction problems.
  • To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients who are socially excluded or who are perpetrators or victims of violence.
  • To develop an intervention plan.
  • To interact with clients from cultural and ethnic communities different from their own.
  • To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients who are reentering society or the workplace.
  • To intervene in a crisis.
  • To draw up and carry out an integrated intervention project.


The main areas of employment for special care counsellors are rehabilitation centers, home youth and lodging centers, short-term care and long-term care accommodation centers, psychiatric hospitals, learning and educational service centers, school boards, local community service centers, community agencies, senior citizens homes, day care centers, intermediate-care resource centers and external service labor centers.


In recent years, the number of special care counsellors has increased significantly. This increase is mainly due to the increase in demand for services in special education. Given the expected growth in demand for services in special education and government priorities for health and social services, it is expected that the number of special education counsellors will continue to increase significantly in the coming years.

Next terms begins: September 4, 2018
Application deadline: June 4, 2018


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