Special Care Counselling Course (DEC) | LaSalle College Montréal

DEC in Special Care Counselling

DEC | 351.A1

The Special Care Counselling program (DEC) trains students to intervene appropriately with a range of clients having difficulties adapting or fitting in socially. This is accomplished in close collaboration with various professionals, such as remedial teachers, learning specialists, psychologists, directors of educational institutions, and occupational therapists.

This program is ideal for those who enjoy people and are good at listening. These candidates are looking for an ever-changing work environment and appreciate human contact. Their motivation includes forging professional relationships and having a positive influence on others. Openness, empathy and a penchant for teamwork are essential characteristics to work in this field.

LaSalle College provides students in the Special Care Counselling program with hands-on experience in the workplace through practical workshops, professional internships, and pre-graduation projects.

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Methods of instruction

On-Campus or Remote?

Different methods of instruction are offered so that you can enjoy the full LaSalle College experience in class or from your own home.

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  • At the Montréal campus

Real-time remote learning

  • Programme given entirely at a distance, with a teacher and in real time (synchronous mode).
    Sessions 1 to 6: it is possible for students to be present on campus twice per session for a maximum of 15 working days (not compulsory);
    Internships (sessions 4 and 6) may be carried out remotely under the virtual supervision of a teacher.

Special Care Counsellors are called upon to work with people who have difficulty with social integration or adaptation from various age groups: children, teens, adults, seniors.

This program leads to a Diploma of College Studies (DEC).

Holders of a Diploma of College Studies (DEC) in Education Techniques can pursue university studies.

  • Custodial care and rehabilitation centres
  • Regular or specialized schools
  • Group and youth homes

Have obtained a Secondary School Diploma (DES)


Have obtained a Professional Studies Diploma (DEP) and completed the following courses:

  • Language of Instruction from Secondary V
  • Second Language from Secondary V
  • Mathematics from Secondary IV


Have obtained an equivalent education or an instruction deemed sufficient. Every case will be analysed by the College.

  • Special Care Counseling Profession (45h)
  • Intervention Process 1 : Observation (45h)
  • Health and Professional Integrity (45h)
  • Child Psychology in Special Care Counseling (45h)
  • Adaptation Process (45h)
  • Preparation for Internships (45h)
  • Communication Skills in Special Care Counseling (45h)
  • Intervention Process 2 : Introduction to the Helping Relationship (45h)
  • Adolescence Psychology in Special Care Counseling (45h)
  • Planning and Leading Activities 1 (60h)
  • Learning Challenges (60h)
  • Intercultural Approach : Initiation (45h)
  • Youth with Adaptation Difficulties (45h)
  • Intervention Process 3 : Approaches and Techniques in Special Care Counseling (60h)
  • Adult Psychology in Special Care Counseling (45h)
  • Internship 1 : Initiation to Intervention (180h)
  • Planning and Leading Activities 2 (45h)
  • Helping Skills in a Crisis Context (45h)
  • Addictions (45h)
  • Intervention Process 4 : Intervention Plan (45h)
  • Internship 2 : Intervention Experimentation (210h)
  • Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder (60h)
  • Psychopathologies (45h)
  • Aging Process (45h)
  • Physical and Neurological Disabilities (45h)
  • Violence and Victimology (45h)
  • Interventions for Families (45h)
  • Intercultural Approach : Intervention (45h)
  • Internship 3 : Intervention Process (465h) 

* The College reserves the right to substitute certain courses.

  • 3 Physical Education courses (90 h)
  • 3 Philosophy courses (150 h)
  • 4 Language and Literature courses (240 h)
  • 2 Second Language courses (90 h)
  • 2 Complementary courses (90 h)

Work experience is recognized and in high demand by employers. The Work-Study Program (WSP) is an educational model that allows you to undertake two paid internships during your studies to gain work experience related to your field of study. Please consult the Work-Study Program section for more details. Not available to students who begin in the Winter semester.

As part of their internship requirement, students might be asked to prove their basic immunization is up-to-date: diphtheria, poliomyelitis, tetanus, rubella, mumps and measles. Hepatitis B and flu vaccines are also obligatory.

Important note: Students will need to provide proof that they are eligible for their internships. A request for police file verification will be necessary. This request will be made by the College.