Community and Justice Services
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Field Placement
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Students gain the knowledge and skills required to work with at-risk and offender populations in a variety of institutional and community correctional programs that operate within and adjacent to the justice system. A common first-year with the Protection, Security and Investigation and Police Foundations programs allows students the opportunity to transfer between programs after the first year of study, while gaining an understanding of criminal justice in Canada.
Second year courses incorporate the interpersonal, problem-solving, counselling and case management skills required of the profession to ensure the protection of the public and successful rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders. Students complete a field placement at a professional community or custody based justice agency that supports a transition to the profession.
A wide variety of careers within the field of criminal justice, with attention to intervention and re-integration, are available to graduates. Graduates may consider opportunities in federal and provincial correctional institutions, community residential facilities, open and secure custody facilities for youth, early intervention and rehabilitation programs, school settings, as well as community-based justice and advocacy agencies providing programs and services to offenders, individuals at-risk and victims of crime.
Program Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- work and communicate in a manner consistent with professional ethics and practice, a respect for self, others, and relevant law and legislation;
- employ all relevant security techniques to ensure the protection of the public, and the security of the staff, and clients in institutional, residential, and community settings;
- intervene with clients, individually and in groups, in order to address and manage problems and to facilitate constructive behaviour change;
- observe, monitor, record, and assess client behaviour accurately, and respond appropriately in compliance with legal and organizational requirements;
- assist in the prevention and resolution of conflict, crisis, and emergency situations using methods consistent with legal requirements and organizational policy;
- establish and maintain constructive relationships with clients, staff, professionals, and the community;
- participate in program planning, implementation, assessment, and evaluation to meet the needs of clients, staff, and administration within the organizational environment;
- apply knowledge of social sciences concepts when interacting with clients, staff, professionals, and the public;
- employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
- apply entrepreneurial skills, attitudes and approaches to active engagement and service within the community.
The Program Progression
- Sem 1: Fall 2017
- Sem 2: Winter 2018
- Sem 3: Fall 2018
- Sem 4: Winter 2019
- Sem 1: Winter 2018
- Sem 2: Summer 2018
- Sem 3: Fall 2018
- Sem 4: Winter 2019
A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/
OSSD or equivalent with
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/
Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check
Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.
NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.
Students are required to sign a waiver indicating they are physically and medically able to participate in strenuous physical activity.
Applicants must have a valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level C or HCP certificate before proceeding to field placement or participating in volunteer opportunities. It is recommended that First Aid and CPR training is completed prior to program entry.
21 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Field Placement
To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.
|CJSR 1007||Introduction to Corrections|
|CJSR 2007||Counselling and Case Management|
|CJSR 2008||Career Resource Development|
|CJSR 2009||Safe and Effective Correctional Practices|
|CJSR 2010||Indigenous Justice: Advocacy and Community Development|
|CJSR 2011||Substance Abuse Management|
|CJSR 2012||Inclusive Correctional Practices|
|CJSR 2013||Principles of Community Reintegration|
|FITN 1014||Fitness and Wellness 1|
|FITN 1015||Fitness and Wellness 2|
|FITN 2004||Fitness and Wellness for Corrections|
|LAWS 1005||Introduction to Security Skills|
|LAWS 1017||Canadian Criminal Justice|
|LAWS 1018||Government in Canadian Society|
|LAWS 1019||Diversity Awareness|
|LAWS 1020||Introduction to Criminal Law|
|LAWS 1021||Public Safety and Emergency Management|
|LAWS 1022||Interviewing and Documentation|
|LAWS 2048||Mental Health in the Workplace|
|LAWS 2049||Defensive Tactics and Crisis Intervention|
|LAWS 2050||Youth Justice in Canada|
|Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.|
|General Education Courses|
|Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.|
|CJSR 2006||Field Placement CJSR|
Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.