Special EducationAEC PROGRAM
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Special Education is a two (2) year certification program that leads to an Attestation of College Studies (ACS). This program also fully incorporates the same skills and competencies targeted by the DEC program in Special Care Counselling.
The successful completion of this program allows students to acquire the skills that are necessary to exercise the profession of a special care counselor or a specialized 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 age 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.
AEC / Certificate
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
English or French
Feb 1 (Winter), Sep 1 (Fall)
APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR
Nov 30 (Winter), Apr 30 (Fall)
IN 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.
Graduates from the Special Education attestation/certificate program will be well prepared to do the following :
- Examine the job functions of a special care counselor
- Become familiar with community resources and services
- Communicate effectively with clients and members of a work team
- Examine bio/psycho-social adjustment issues
- Gather information about the client’s behavior
- Design development activities and clinical tools
- Evaluate the ability of the client’s living environment to provide appropriate support
- Assist a client who is in need of help
- Associate approaches, objectives, and techniques with specific adjustment problems
- Abide by the code of ethics of the profession
- Establish a helping relationship
- Carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients with an intellectual disability
- Carry out activities for young people with learning or language difficulties
- Carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients with a physical impairment or neurological disorder
- Act as a facilitator for groups of clients or work teams
- Carry out activities for older individuals who are no longer autonomous
- Carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for young people with adjustment difficulties
- Learn techniques to protect their personal well-being
- Analyze the relationship between social phenomena and adjustment problems
- Carry out rehabilitative activities for clients with mental-health and drug-addiction problems
- Carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients who are socially excluded or who are perpetrators or victims of violence
- Develop an intervention plan
- Interact with clients from cultural and ethnic communities different from their own
- Carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients who are reentering society or the workplace
- Intervene in a crisis
- Draw up and carry out an integrated intervention project
The main areas of employment for special care counselors 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, daycare centers, intermediate-care resource centers, and external service labor centers.
A GROWING INDUSTRY
In recent years, the number of special care counselors 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 counselors will continue to increase significantly in the coming years.