Logo: Assualted Women's and Children's Counsellor Advocate Program

The Program & Courses

This unique program provides students with a feminist analysis of the social, political and counselling issues related to violence against women and children. Students learn to be agents for change in community education, political action and law reform - to provide counselling and advocacy to women and children who have experienced or are experiencing violence. A major portion of the program is fieldwork.

Mature students with personal, volunteer or employment experience in women's services are given preference for admission to this program.

  • Student-centred programs that teach independent thinking, intervention skills, teamwork, leadership, community awareness and professionalism.
  • Flexible Part-Time Study and Full-Time Study programs options from preparatory to diploma to post-diploma
  • Excellent job opportunities through hands-on experience with over 1,000 partner agencies
  • Has an 800-hour field placement component

Program Code:


Full-time Program Length:

2 Years (4 semesters)

Part-time Program Length:

3 years (8 semesters)

Start date:





St. James Campus

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Part-Time Study Options

George Brown College also offers this program part-time. For further information, please call 416-415-5000, ext.2121

Your Career

Graduates work in a variety of settings, including transition and interval houses, rape crisis centres, women's health centres, community centres and victim/witness programs.

Graduates of the AWCCA Program

  • Work in a variety of settings such as shelters, sexual assault centres, community and mental health agencies and victim/witness support services.
  • Are change agents in the areas of political action, law reform, community organization and development and public education.
  • Help meet the growing need for counsellor/advocates who bring a feminist analysis to violence in the field of community service.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma OR mature student status
  • Preference of 60 hours work or volunteer experience in the field
  • A questionnaire and small group interview
  • Advanced standing may be available to students with prior post-secondary or related experience

Prospective applicants requiring more information please call (416) 415-2000 or (416) 415-2310 or visit www.gbrown.on.ca


Programs offered by the Centre for Community Services and Development permit a fast-track option for students who already have a relevant post secondary diploma or degree.


The AWCCA program gave me the training and tools needed to grow in myself and help assist others to grow and heal from painful and traumatic events. I now have the experience and am able to offer support and empowerment to those faced with personal challenges and transistion. Thank you.

Natasha Falle,
Counsellor/Diversion Co-ordinator,
StreetLight Support Services