Program Overview


Start date: March 17th, 2025

End date: TBD

Attending an information session is mandatory. Fill out the form below to request an online information session with the Pedagogical Counsellor.


Monday to Fridays from 9am to 4pm (in person)

Program length: 2 years


This program trains students to intervene appropriately in order to help individuals of all ages who are experiencing difficulty adapting or fitting in socially. Special Care Counsellors work with various client-groups: individuals with physical, neurological, or intellectual impairments, mental health issues, substance abuse problems, behavior, language, and/or learning difficulties, seniors in loss of autonomy, victims of violence and immigrants.



The Special Care Counselling Program consists of twenty-five credit courses, for a total of 2085 hours.

  • 350-002-LA – Human Development -60 hours
  • 351-101-LA – Role of the Special Care Counselling- 60 hours
  • 351-102-LA – Communication Skills- 45 hours
  • 351-113-LA – Observation Techniques- 45 hours
  • 351-124-LA – Introduction to Clinical Tools and Activities- 45 hours
  • 351-125-LA – Fieldwork I- 120 hours
  • 351-224-LA – Biopsychological Adjustment
  • 351-214-LA – Language and Learning Difficulties- 45 hours
  • 351-212-LA – Group Work- 60 hours
  • 351-334-LA – Helping Relationship- 45 hours
  • 351-335-LA – Youth in Difficulty- 45 hours
  • 351-328-LA – Ageing and Loss of Autonomy- 45 hours
  • 351-659-LA – Intervention Planning- 45 hours
  • 351-429-LA – Mental Health and Substance Abuse- 45 hours
  • 351-427-LA – Neurological and Physical Disabilities- 60 hours
  • 351-350-LA – Fieldwork II- 225 hours
  • 351-330-LA – Developmental Disabilities and ASD- 60 hours
  • 351-332-LA – Crisis Intervention- 60 hours
  • 351-428-LA – Violence and Social Exclusion- 45 hours
  • 351-431-LA – Reintegration and Social Inclusion- 45 hours
  • 351-658-LA – Advanced Clinical Tools and Approaches- 45 hours
  • 351-420-LA – Advanced Topics in Special Care Counselling- 45 hours
  • 351-001-LA – The Sociology of Unequal Relations- 45 hours
  • 351-654-LA – Integrative Project- 90 hours
  • 387-422-LA – Internship- 600 hours

In order to ensure that our graduates are competitive in the market place, the College reserves the right to modify portions of this program at any time.

Admission Requirements

Students must have a Quebec Secondary V Diploma or a High School Leaving Certificate or have received instruction deemed sufficient by the College as well as meet the admission criteria for admission to an Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC) Program. Students must be functionally bilingual (French and English), particularly in their oral communication skills. Prospective candidates will be asked to submit a curriculum vitae (CV), will be tested in both languages and will be interviewed prior to admission to the program to verify their qualifications.

Further details

You are eligible to register in a program if you are a:

  • Canadian Citizen or
  • Permanent Resident or
  • Holder of a valid Student Visa

And you can provide proof of previous studies deemed acceptable by the College, for example:

  • A Quebec Secondary V Diploma or a Diploma of Secondary Studies or equivalent scholarity or
  • A College Diploma or a University Degree or
  • An “Évaluation comparative des études effectuées hors du Québec” or
  • Partial high school studies, coupled with a recommendation from a current or former employer that you would benefit from pursuing your education at the post-secondary level.

And you meet one of the following three conditions:

  • You have not been a full-time student for at least two consecutive terms or one school year within the last 12 months.
  • You are part of an agreement between the College and an employer, or you are sponsored within the terms of a government program (for example: CSST, Emploi-Québec).
  • You have completed at least one year of post-secondary studies spread over a period of one year or more.

Although not an admission requirement, please see the new French-language requirements for AEC programs in English.



For more information on the fees for residents and non-residents of Québec and international students, please click here.

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Champlain College Saint-Lambert
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Saint-Lambert, Québec
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