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Special Care Counselling

Code 351.A0
DiplomaDCS
SectorSocial, Educational and Legal Services (20)
CUISEP code575-000.CP
Number of credits90
StatusProgram approved in 2000.
Modified in 2004.
Educational organizations offering the program

Program objectives

This program is designed to train people to be special care counsellors. The technicians in special care counselling intervene concerning different problems: physical or psychological deficiencies, behaviour problems, mental or health-related problems, and after having taken care of adapting them, their re-integration to society.

Length of training

Total length of training includes general training that is common to all programs for 420 hours, general training for this program for 150 hours as well as complementary general training courses for 90 hours.


Duration of training consists of theory and lab work for courses; personal time that the student invests is excluded.

Admission conditions

To be admitted to the program, a person must meet the general requirements for admission set out in the College Education Regulations, as well as the following special conditions, where applicable:

• no requirements

Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)

Early childhood educators and assistants (4214)
Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (4413)
Instructors of persons with disabilities (4215)
Social and community service workers (4212)

Job titles

special education assistant
special education technician – social and community services
instructor of persons with special needs
youth services worker
daycare worker

Labour market relation

In the work force   (Information from the MEESR)

Program content

Number or code Name of course/Competency
019N To examine the job functions of a special care counsellor
019P To become familiar with community resources and services
019Q To communicate with clients and members of a work team
019R To examine biopsychosocial adjustment issues
019S To gather information about the client's behavior
019T To design development activities and clinical tools
019U To evaluate the ability of the client's living environment to provide appropriate support
019V To assist a client in need of help
019W To associate approaches, objectives and techniques with specific adjustment problems
019X To abide by the code of ethics of the profession
019Y To establish a helping relationship
019Z To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients with an intellectual disability
01A0 To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients with a physical impairment or neurological disorder
01A1 To act as a facilitator for groups of clients or work teams
01A2 To carry out activities for older individuals who are no longer autonomous
01A3 To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for young people with social maladjustments or learning difficulties
01A4 To protect their personal well-being
01A5 To analyze the relationship between social phenomena and adjustment problems
01A6 To carry out rehabilitative activities for clients with mental-health and drug-addiction problems
01A7 To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients who are socially excluded or who are perpetrators or victims of violence
01A8 To develop an intervention plan
01A9 To interact with clients from cultural and ethnic communitites different from their own
01AA To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients who are reentering society or the workplace
01AB To intervene in a crisis
01AC To draw up and carry out an integrated intervention project
Number of hours alloted to specific training: 2085 hours