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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.



Contact Information

Andrea Polites, MSW, LCSW, ICDVP, CADC, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536B, (630) 942-2103

Jason Florin, MHS, CAADC, MISA I, SAP, Associate Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536, (630) 942-2043

Julie Trytek, LCPC, CADC, Assistant Professor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC) 2536, (630) 942-2328

Human Services Faculty and Adjunct Faculty

Kelly A. Lidinsky, Program Advisor
Human Services Programs
Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Direct line: (630) 942-3248
For appointments, contact Counseling & Advising

Human Services Office

The Human Services program office is located on the second floor of the Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2536.

Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-2010