What will I learn?

The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program provides students with a feminist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to gender-based violence. It trains students to be agents for change in their work in community education, political action and law reform. It prepares students to provide anti-oppressive counselling and advocacy for self-identified women, children, trans and non-binary survivors who have experienced or are experiencing gender-based violence.

Note: Some of our student placement partners require students in this program to have a police reference check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may find that their choice of placements is limited.


The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Apply a feminist analysis in all areas of their work in the field of violence against women and children.
  • Provide ongoing supportive counselling.
  • Provide individual advocacy and political advocacy services
  • Facilitate groups for women and children.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of existing services for women.
  • Cope with high stress work demands and develop strategies for personal survival on the job.
  • Develop and deliver prevention programs.
  • Organize fundraising and write applications and proposals for grants.
  • Utilize the media and organize community response to violence against women and children.
  • Become familiar with pertinent legislation and understand the process of formulating social policy.


AWCCA graduates work in a variety of settings, including women’s transition and interval houses, rape crisis centres, women’s health centres, settlement services, community centres and victim/witness programs.


Graduates of the AWCCA program are eligible to apply for advanced standing in degree programs at York University in Toronto; Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia; Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C.; Athabasca University (online) and the University of Victoria in the B.A. Health and Community in the School of Public Health and Social Policy. Graduates may apply for fast-track entry in a related George Brown College program in a reduced time in Social Service Worker (Fast-Track),Child and Youth Care (Accelerated) or Community Worker (Fast-Track) programs). Graduates are also eligible for the Early Childhood Fast Track Program (C130).

Which department am I in?

Centre for Community Services and Early Childhood

Study options

Full Time (4 semesters)

Tuition fees
CAD$15,190.00 (US$ 12,113) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

6 September 2022


St. James Campus

200 King Street East,


Ontario (ON),

M5A 3W8, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Mandatory information session
  • Questionnaire

** Mature Student Status (19 Years of Age or Older and No OSSD).

Applicants with transcripts from an institution where the language of instruction is not English may meet English language proficiency requirements with one of the following proofs of language proficiency.

  • George Brown English for Academic (EAP) Program - Level 8
  • IELTS (Academic) - 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each skill band
  • TOEFL - 80 (online) minimum 20 in each skill band
  • MELAB – 80
  • PTE (Academic) - 54, overall minimum; 50 in each skill band
  • CAEL - 60 (overall)
  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency) - 169 or more (with no individual skill below 162)


About George Brown College

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