Special Care Counselling is a three-year technical program designed to prepare students to become health technicians in a helping profession. Working as part of a health care team, Special Care Counselling technicians assist clients gain more autonomy as integrated members of society.

Special care counselling co-op students can work in a variety of settings, such as educational institutions (preschool to higher education), short and long-term care facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, CLSCs, residences for the elderly, shelters, group homes, summer camps and other social services facilities. They can participate as an active member of a health care team with clients that have physical, mental, emotional and/or behavioral needs.

Student skills and competencies

First-year student skill set

  • Demonstrate effective and professional communication while being a part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Provide a list of different resources available to a client within the community, based on presenting need or risk.
  • Create and implement rudimentary development activities and clinical tools.
  • Identify and draw up a list of the client's support network and informal caregivers.
  • Reflect and submit recommendations regarding a client's file.
  • Understand the concept of role within the mandate and expectations of the position.
  • Possess their first-aid certificate and be able to apply first-aid techniques.

Second-year student skill set

  • Provide information about intervention approaches, objectives and techniques.
  • Assess a client's behavioural or physical condition.
  • Apply techniques for physically positioning and moving a client appropriate to the client's condition.
  • Create and implement advanced development activities and clinical tools, with the support of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Able to work with clients who demonstrate at risk behavior or who are particularly vulnerable due to a physical, neurological, behavioural or social difficulty.
  • Provide support and intervention within a team during a crisis.

For more information about this program, consult the program profile


Questions? Contact us

Education Advisor

Alain Beauparlant

(819) 778-2270 ext.1280

abeauparlant@cegep-heritage.qc.ca