Special Care CounsellingDEC PROGRAM
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Special Care Counselling is a three-year pre-university DEC or workforce preparation program. It allows the student to acquire the skills necessary to exercise the profession of a special care counselor or a specialized educator. Or, the student may advance to university studies in a related field.
Graduates of this program will be able to work with people who have different problems that cause maladjustment to social inclusion or people with physical and psychological disabilities, behavior problems, or disorders linked to mental and health-related disorders. This program will teach students to create interventions that may be adapted to all age groups, whether they target children, teenagers, adults, or seniors.
WHAT DO SPECIALIZED EDUCATORS DO?
The role of a specialized educator 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 as well as every dimension of the life of the person in difficulty (emotional, social, cognitive, psychomotor, morale, etc.).
The specialized educator will work closely with resource persons in the health and social services as well as 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.
- Specialized Educator
- Special Care Counsellor
- In-home Caregiver
- And more!
Graduates of the Special Care Counselling DEC program have the option of advancing to university-level studies. The program fully prepares students to apply to higher education in:
- Kinesiology and Clinical Exercise Physiology
- Special Education Technology
- And more!
More information below
DEC / Career or Pre-university
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
English or French
Feb 1 (Winter), Sep 1 (Fall)
APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR
Nov 30 (Winter), May 15* (Fall)
*Late applications will be considered.
EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CSSDM
TAV College’s Special Education program holds an exclusive partnership with le Centre de services scolaire de Montréal (CSSDM). Recruitment agents are present at TAV two (2) times per year to hire full-time employees as well as recruit students for their internship program. In addition, the CSSDM prioritizes TAV for all job offers.
WHY STUDY THE SPECIAL CARE COUNSELLING DEC PROGRAM AT TAV COLLEGE?
Helped by dynamic teachers who are committed and active in the special education field, you will learn to share the experiences of people in difficulty and to intervene while developing caregiving skills for this customer base. You will have developed qualities and abilities that will make you a significant person for people who are themselves in difficulty in their personal and social environment. Throughout the program, you will be in contact with different working environments by visiting and meeting professionals in practical settings. All the teachers in this program are in the special education work field. TAV also offers an in-depth intervention approach with people with language difficulties.
The purpose of this program is to train qualified individuals to serve as specialized educators. Special Education technicians work with people who have different issues: physical or psychological disabilities, conduct disorders, mental disorders, learning disabilities, or health problems, to support their adaptation, their rehabilitation, or their social integration.
GOALS OF THE GENERAL EDUCATION COMPONENT
The general education components are common to all pre-university programs and contribute to the development of twelve competencies that are associated with the three aims of college education:
- To educate students to live responsibly in society:
- Demonstrate independence and creativity in thought and action
- Demonstrate rational, critical, and ethical thinking
- Develop strategies that promote reflection on their knowledge and actions
- Pursue the development of a healthy and active lifestyle
- Assume their social responsibilities
- To help students integrate cultural knowledge into their studies:
- Recognize the influence of culture and lifestyle on the practice of physical activity and sports
- Recognize the influence of the media, sciences or technology on culture and lifestyle
- Analyse works in philosophy or the humanities emanating from different historical periods and movements
- Appreciate literary and non-literary works of other artistic expressions emanating from different historical periods and movements
- To help students integrate cultural knowledge into their studies:
- To help students master language as a tool for thought, communication and openness to the world:
- Improve communication in the second language
- Master the basic rules of discourse and argumentation
- Refine oral and written communication in the language of instruction
What will you learn?
Graduates from the Special Care Counselling DEC program will be well prepared to do the following :
- To examine the job functions of a special care counselor
- 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 behavior
- 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 caring and helpful 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
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE DEC AND AEC PROGRAMS?
While both the DEC and AEC Special Education programs prepare students to immediately enter the workforce and begin their careers, there are a few noteworthy differences between the two:
|AEC (Attestation of College Studies)||DEC (Diploma of College Studies)|
|2 years to complete.||3 years to complete.|
|Students are only required to complete program-specific courses.||Students are required to complete a general education component of their studies in addition to program-specific courses.|
|There is no Ministerial Exit Exam.||Students must pass the Ministerial Exit Exam in order to graduate.|
|Graduates do not obtain the credits needed to advance to university.||Graduates may advance to university.|