Program Overview


Next distance cohort: May 2023

Information session: Sunday, April 2nd at 1:30 p.m. (online via Zoom)


Schedule: One evening per week and alternating Saturdays or Sundays
Duration: 15 to 18 months*
*Duration varies according to each candidate’s experience and availability.


The Special Care Counselling AEC (JNC.1G) is made of 26 competencies. To receive your AEC, you will have to be evaluated for all competencies.

Download the checklist.

Cluster A: Adoption of Professional Behavior – 4 competencies

  • 019N – To examine the job functions of a Special Care Counsellor
  • 019X – To Abide by the Code of Ethics of the Profession
  • 019P – To Become Familiar with Community Resources and Services
  • 019R-1 – To examine biopsychosocial issues: human development across the lifespan

Cluster B: Relationship Building With Client and Work Team Members – 5 competencies

  • 019W – To Associate Approaches, Objectives and Techniques with Specific Adjustment Problems
  • 019S – To Gather Information about the Client’s Behaviour
  • 01A9 – To Interact With Clients From Cultural and Ethnic Communities
  • 019Q – To Communicate With Clients and Members of a Work Team
  • 019Y – To Establish a Helping Relationship
  • 01A1 – To Act as a Facilitator for Groups of Clients or Work Teams
  • 019Ta – To Design Developmental Activities

Cluster C: Protection of One’s Well-being & That of Clients With Adjustment Problems – 3 competencies

  • 01A4 – To Protect One’s Personal Well-Being
  • 019V – To Assist a Client in Need of Help
  • 01AB – To Intervene in a Crisis

Cluster D: Intervention Planning – 3 competencies

01A8 – To Develop an Intervention Plan
019U – To Evaluate the Ability of the Client’s Living Environment to Provide Appropriate Support
019Tb – To Design Clinical Tools

Cluster E: Client Intervention – 9 competencies

  • 019R To examine biopsychosocial adjustment issues
  • 019Z To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients with an intellectual disability.
  • 01XX To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients with autism.
  • 046T To carry out activities for young people with learning or language difficulties.
  • 01A0 Carry out adaptive & rehabilitative activities for clients with a physical or neurological disorder.
  • 01A2 To carry out activities for older individuals who are no longer autonomous.
  • 046U To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for young people with adjustment difficulties.
  • 01A6 To carry out rehabilitative activities for clients with mental-health and drug-addiction problems.
  • 01A7 To carry out adaptive and rehabilitative activities for clients who are socially excluded or who are perpetrators or victims of violence.
  • 01AA To Carry Out Adaptive and Rehabilitative Activities for Clients who are Re-entering Society or the Workplace

Cluster F: Design and Implementation of Prevention and Rehabilitation Plans – 2 competencies

  • 01A5 – To analyze the relationship between social phenomena and adjustment problems
  • 01AC – To draw up and carry out an integrated intervention project

How to Apply

This program is provided in English. All information, seminars and study materials are in English.

1. Sign up to attend an Information Session

The first step is to sign up and attend an information session, during which the RAC Pedagogical Counsellor will explain the admission requirements, how the program works, and the application process. This will help you decide if a RAC service is right for you, and whether you are eligible.

This step involves submitting a current résumé which reflects your prior and/or current experience and skills in the field of Special Care Counselling. Refer to this document for guidance: Preparing Your Résumé.

2. Submit your Application Documents

After attending an Information Session and submitting your resume the next step is to submit your application documents. For a list of the required documents, please consult this Checklist.
You can access Omnivox to register here: Omnivox
A $75 Registration Fee is part of the total fee for the RAC Process, and is nonrefundable.

3. Submit your Application Documents

After submitting your application, your file will be assessed and once all documents have been confirmed, you will receive an e-mail that includes a Self-Assessment Form (SAF). The SAF will help you to assess your prior knowledge and skill level for the service, and it must be completed before proceeding. Refer to the Preparation Guide for the SAF to help you fill it in. Please note: You are not permitted to refer to the SAF Guide during the Validation Interview. Send the completed form to us by following the directions in the e-mail.

4. Attend a Validation Interview

Once you have returned your Self-Assessment form, a Content Specialist will contact you to schedule a Validation Interview. [During the pandemic, and depending on government regulations, the Validation Interview will be conducted online via Zoom.] During the Validation Interview the Content Specialist will ask you a number of questions about the same topics you wrote about in your Self-Assessment Form. The Validation Interview will help the Content Specialist identify your strengths and limitations in the field. The Content Specialist will recommend acceptance if your prior experience, knowledge and skills are strong enough to admit you to the RAC SCC service.

RAC Process

Learn more about the RAC process.


Maximum $575*

*There are no additional fees to use online resources, receive support from content specialists, or to attend seminars and work sessions. Maximum cost is only applicable to Quebec residents.

Further details

To take advantage of the RAC process, candidates must pay certain fees. The fees are based on the number of evaluations that a candidate has to complete, and may vary from one person to another.

  • $30 admission fee (non-refundable)
  • $45 for a necessary file analysis (non-refundable)
  • $40 per competency (up to a maximum of $500)

Maximum total: $575

Please note that the fees above include all activities related to the RAC services. No additional fees have to be paid to:

  • Attend a seminar on a specific topic
  • Consult the online resources
  • Participate in job preparation activities
  • Participate in expert-led group activities

An additional $45 file analysis fee will apply if a candidate desires to change program.

Meet our Content Specialists

Natalie Gill - Advisor

Brenda Bourdeau - Content Specialist

Kristofer Brown - Content Specialist

Marla Cable - Content Specialist

Marla Cable, a graduate from the Special Care Counselling program at Vanier College, has dedicated over 25 years to the field of autism. With additional degrees from UQAM in Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées (DESS) en intervention comportementale auprès des personnes avec un trouble envahissant du développement (TED), TEACCH and PECS, she has developed an expertise in autism and the unique learning, challenges and strengths that come with the diagnosis. She has worked within the front line as an educator and managed a classroom based on the using the TEACCH model. She now coordinates a Resource and Training Centre dedicated to supporting the greater autism community by offering workshops, training, conferences, consultations, and a lending library. Marla continues to support the community through a many projects such as Kids Premium, in collaboration with the Montreal Trudeau Airport, a program that helps families become acquainted with the various airport procedures and processes to aid in future travel plans. She has also been part of the initiative for Laval to become the first Quebec city sensitive to autism. She has trained many firemen and sensitized the Reseau de transport de Laval. She now offers her expertise via Champlain’s Special Care Counselling program, offered through RAC.


Susan Campbell - Content Specialist

Susan has been working with individuals with special needs for over twenty years. Originally an educator working frontline with children with autism, she transitioned into teaching and has been a full-time faculty member at Vanier College in Special Care Counselling since 2002. Susan teaches courses on autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and intervention planning. She continues to work as a private consultant to Montreal area pre-schools and parents. Susan has a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.


Sherril Gilbert - Content Specialist

Sherril is an adult educator, human relations training consultant and a professional facilitator who loves to teach and loves to learn. Sherril is dedicated to making learning accessible, meaningful, and relevant, and uses participatory and experiential teaching methods to enhance learning. Her areas of interest and expertise include aging, mental health and illness, group facilitation, diversity, and human communication. In Newfoundland and Labrador, Sherril worked for the Women’s Policy Office of the provincial government, and wrote the provincial training curriculum on Elder Abuse Prevention. In the Applied Human Sciences Department at Concordia University in Montreal, Sherril taught or assistant-taught the undergraduate courses Interpersonal Communication, Intervention in Human Systems, Working in Task Groups, Respecting Diversity, and Lifespan Development. Sherril has also developed and taught courses in Interpersonal Conflict Resolution and Conflict Coaching for Community Mediation Services. Sherril has a Master’s Degree in Human Systems Intervention and an undergraduate degree in Applied Social Science.


Shari Levine - Content Specialist

Shari has been working in the Special Care Counseling field for about 18 years. She has worked in a variety of settings and with a variety of people, from residential group homes for children and youth to women’s shelters, schools, and community-based settings. Shari’s expertise is in working from a holistic client-centred approach with the marginalized members of our society – the socially excluded, the homeless, and with people with mental health issues, drug dependency issues and social adjustment problems. Shari is very much looking forward to working with you and sharing the knowledge which we all bring to the learning experience.


Karen Mowbray - Content Specialist

Daniel Sup - Content Specialist

Fady Zigby - Content Specialist


Click here to access the online resources for this program.

Continuing Education – F-151
Champlain College Saint-Lambert
900 Riverside Drive
Saint-Lambert, Québec
J4P 3P2