Welcome To The AWCCA Web Site
Do you care about women's and children's rights and global justice?
Do you want to support women who seek freedom from violence?
The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program at George Brown College offers a combination of
feminist counselling and political action courses that include the skills of support and activism needed to advocate for
women, their children, and their communities.
What We Cannot Do Alone We Can Do Together
The two-year AWCCA diploma program emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to be a frontline worker,
program coordinator, and community organizer in a wide range of community service settings. Human rights, social justice,
and community development in a diverse society are the heart of the program.
George Brown College established the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program (AWCCA) in 1986.
Together with our colleagues from front line Violence Against Women (VAW) services, we developed an educational program
that anticipates not only the realities of our diverse women's community, but the changing needs of our population and
The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program is the only one of its kind in Canada - meeting a vital
need for victim/witness advocates, rape crisis and shelter counsellors and community activists.
This program works from a woman-and-child centred perspective. It offers a social-political context for violence against
women and combined this with high quality skill training in the areas of group and individual counselling, advocacy and
This program is the only one of its kind.
About 75 students graduate each year from the full and part-time programs.
The AWCCA diploma is widely recognized by leaders in the field.
Our graduates work in shelters, sexual assault centres, community and mental health agencies, victim/witness support
programs and law offices.
They play a leading role in the areas of law reform, community development and public education related to violence
against women and children.
For more information about George Brown College and the Centre for Community Services and Development please see the
College Web site: www.gbrownc.on.ca.