Residential Child Care
Residential Child Care - A.A.S. Degree and Certificate
The Residential Child Care program at College of DuPage prepares students for entry-level positions as counselors and case managers for children with emotional problems. When the decision is made for children and youths to be placed in a residential center, it means their needs cannot be met by traditional family settings and relationships. The success of the placement depends largely on the child care worker’s skills and consistent nurturing in helping the child/youth develop positive, helpful relationships.
Individuals in this field work with the clients (children/youth), as well as their teachers, social workers, psychologists and other therapists to develop and implement a successful treatment plan. However, it is the child care worker who has the greatest amount of interaction and, therefore, potentially the greatest impact on the individuals in his/her care.
Students in the Residential Child Care program at COD study interpersonal and group dynamics, residential child care, contemporary treatment approaches, behavior modification, cross-cultural communication, addictions, ethics in counseling, family education and treatment models, advocacy, and the dynamics of child abuse. Following the completion of classroom work, students must finish 300 hours of fieldwork to earn a Residential Child Care degree or certificate.
Andrea Polites, MSW, LCSW, ICDVP
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2603B, (630) 942-2103
Jason Florin, MHS, CAADC, MISA I, SAP, Instructor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2603C, (630) 942-2043
Health and Sciences Division
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 1220, (630) 942-8331
2012 College of DuPage