Community and Justice Services

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Program Code: 1206

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Progress Campus

Email: communitystudies@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5303

The Community and Justice Services program is for you if you are fascinated with law and crime, and want to help at-risk people and communities.

Facilitated by the School of Community and Health Studies, Community and Justice Services courses help you to gain expert knowledge and practical skills to work in diverse settings that address youth and adult populations who are at risk, currently incarcerated or involved with the criminal justice system and/or involved in rehabilitation programs.

Emphasis is placed on:

  • Prevention, intervention and rehabilitative strategies
  • Practical communication
  • Treatment approaches
  • Group dynamics
  • Program development and facilitation
  • Case management and security skills

This program includes a more-than-400-hour-field placement in and around Greater Toronto Area jails, group homes, community centres, courthouses and schools.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CJSP-100 Personal Management 1: Preparing for Success Progress Campus
CJSP-101 Introduction to the Adult Criminal Justice System Progress Campus
CJSP-102 Youth Culture and the Law Progress Campus
CJSP-105 Security Skills Progress Campus
CJSP-109 Interpersonal Communication Skills Progress Campus
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CJSP-103 Criminology Progress Campus
CJSP-104 Applications of the Criminal Justice System: Youth & Adult Progress Campus
CJSP-108 Field Practicum Preparation Progress Campus
CJSP-110 Group Process & Development Progress Campus
CJSP-111 Mental Health and Addictions 1: Introduction Progress Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
CJSP-206 Building Community Partnerships Progress Campus
CJSP-207 Field Seminar and Ethical Issues in the Justice System Progress Campus
CJSP-208 Field Practicum 1 Progress Campus
CJSP-209 Counselling Skills 1: Best Practices and Case Management Progress Campus
CJSP-210 Mental Health and Addictions 2: Strategies and Interventions Progress Campus
ENGL-205 Report Writing for Community and Justice Services Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
CJSP-211 Field Practicum 2 Progress Campus
CJSP-212 Profiles Progress Campus
CJSP-213 Personal Management 2: Preparing for Employment/Career Progress Campus
CJSP-214 Counselling Skills 2: Individual, Family & Group Work Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus

Companies Offering Jobs

Organizations that have hired program graduates include:

  • Correctional Services Canada
  • Springboard Services
  • Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Salvation Army
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Toronto Bail Program
  • Kennedy House Youth Services

Program Highlights

  • Active participation in the Community and Justice Services program is essential as you learn counselling, case management, risk assessment, care and control, and crisis and suicide intervention skills.
  • Professional portfolio development is part of this program.
  • The third and fourth semesters contains two-day-per-week field placements, with the other three days spent in class.
  • The School of Community and Health Studies has forged connections to the field that provide you with an exceptional field placement learning experience and employment opportunities.
  • Hands-on experience, work with diverse client groups in a variety of settings and exposure to the criminal justice and community services field opens doors to the employment market.

As a Community and Justice Services graduate, you will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Work and communicate in a manner consistent with professional ethics and practice a respect for self and others as well as 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, 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
  • Develop proposals, network and strengthen communities at risk

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • York University
  • Ryerson University
  • Athabasca University
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology Bridge programs

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Criminal Justice Association
  • Criminal Justice Association of Ontario

Recognitions

  • Several President's Recognition Awards for Student, Graduate and Employer Satisfaction
  • Two full-time faculty members have been nominated for Wiccen, which recognizes teaching excellence

Placement Partners

Community and Justice Services Field Placement partners include: Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Correctional Services of Canada, Ministry of the Attorney General, Springboard Services, Kennedy House Youth Services, Frontenac Youth Services, Salvation Army, Elizabeth Fry Society, John Howard Society, Toronto District School Board, Durham Regional School Board, York Regional School Board, Peel Regional School Board, Child and Family Native Services, JVS

Career Outlook

  • Youth worker
  • Correctional officer
  • Youth service officer
  • Police officer
  • Bail officer
  • Court officer
  • Program director of institutions
  • Program facilitator
  • Agency/institution supervisor
  • Youth counsellor
  • Outreach worker
  • Child/adult advocate
  • Probation and parole officer (with degree)
  • Victim services and other higher level position in federal/provincial institutions

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Notes:

  • Admission to this program is highly competitive and the program fills quickly. We recommend that you apply prior to the Ontario Colleges equal consideration date of February 1 and submit transcripts or take your skills assessment as soon as possible.
  • You will receive an invitation to attend an Community and Justice Services admission session shortly after you apply to the program. It is important that you attend the session to make sure that this program is the right fit for you.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $942.00 $3,709.00
International $12,400.00 $2,137.00 $14,537.00