Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention


YoutCorrectional Logoh and Adult Correctional Intervention is a 3-year intensive professional program training students in an interdisciplinary curriculum of study in law, psychology, social work and criminology. Students will develop professional skills and will acquire practical field experience.

This program can be a good stepping stone to many University programs such as Social Work, Law, Criminology, Sociology, etc.

Is this program right for you?

When accepted in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention, you will be trained to work in some of the following fields: Centres Jeunesse (child care worker), drug rehabilitation centers (counselor), prisons & penitentiaries (correctional officer), women shelters (counselor), schools (behavioural technician), etc.

Before applying to this program, ask yourself the following questions:

How comfortable are you participating in scenarios where you conduct an interview with someone about a specific issue?

How comfortable are you participating in scenarios where you will have to help and calm down someone who is having a crisis?

How comfortable are you learning about subjects such as sexual assault, murder, child abuse, suicide, spousal abuse, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, pedophilia, organized crime, Youth Protection, drugs, etc.?

For complete information on Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention, please visit the program section of the John Abbott website. 

Members of the Department

François Chenier : Chair

François Chenier

514-457-6610 ext. 5770

During his 33 year career as a police officer in Montreal, François worked for 21 years with young delinquents and youths in difficulty. He also worked as a criminal investigator and homicide detective.  François completed a B.A. in Political Science at Concordia University and 3 years of law at McGill University.  He was a member of the Commission des droits de la jeunesse and the Commission des droits de la personne for 21 years.

Anne-Marie Gremeaux :

Anne-Marie Gremeaux

514-457-6610 ext. 5743

Anne-Marie has been teaching at John Abbott in the YACI department since 2005 (part time) and full time since 2013.
Previously, she worked 6 years for the Department of Youth Protection as an educator and as a Human Relations Agent (HRA).
Anne-Marie has also worked 9 1/2 years for the Royal Canadian Mounted police as an intelligence analyst (civilian member).
She has a Bachelor's degree as well as a Master's degree in Criminology from the University of Ottawa.

Linda Knight :

Linda Knight

514-457-6610 ext. 5883

I have been teaching at John Abbott College since 2001 in both the Psychology department and the Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention program.  My background includes a B.A. in Psychology from Bishop’s University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Queen’s University.  I have been a registered Clinical Psychologist since 1989 and have worked in numerous settings and with a variety of populations.  These include the Treatment Centre for Sexual Offenders at the Kingston Penitentiary, the Child and Family Centre of Brant County, the London Psychiatric Hospital, Corrections Canada and a private practice.

I feel very fortunate to be here at John Abbott and hope to incorporate my clinical experience into my classes.

Marc Métivier :

Marc Métivier

514-457-6610 ext. 5094

Barbara Mitchell :

Barbara Mitchell

514-457-6610 ext. 5812

Barbara has an MSW from McGill University and has worked for over 20 years mainly with families and youth in crisis. She has extensive experience in the child protection system. She continues to maintain a private practice counselling individuals and families. Barbara started teaching at JAC in 2005.

Alain Richer :

Alain Richer

514-457-6610 ext. 5834

Alain has a Bachelor's degree specialized in criminology from Universté de Montréal and a Master's degree in criminology from University of Ottawa. He was a Montréal police officer for 27 years. In the last 10 years of his career, he has worked as a youth investigator for the youth section of the Montréal Police.  He is part of the citizens' advisory committee for Correctional Service Canada, parole level. He has been working as a teacher at John Abbott for 20 years.

Barbara Ruttenberg :

Barbara Ruttenberg

514-457-6610 ext. 5148

Barbara has been teaching at John Abbott and Concordia University for over 25 years. She has a B.A. from Concordia University and an MA in Criminology from the University of Toronto.

Ronald Schachter :

Ronald Schachter

514-457-6610 ext. 5751

Joe Sledge :

Joe Sledge

514-457-6610 ext. 5145

Joe worked with the RCMP on patrol and in drug enforcement in British Columbia, before coming to teach at John Abbott in 1988.


First semester courses:

Analysis of the Profession, Judicial System, Observation Methods, and Introduction to Criminology.

Second semester courses:

Communication Techniques, Juvenile Criminology, Adult Criminology, Adolescence to Maturity, and Penal Law.

Third semester courses:

Correctional Services, Juvenile Institutions, Prevention, Fieldwork I, Clinical Criminology I, and Psychopathology and Deviance.

Fourth semester courses:

Crisis Intervention, Clinical Criminology II, Ethnic and Social Diversity, and Fieldwork II.

Fifth semester courses:

Group Techniques, Drugs, CPR & First Aid, Self Defence, Integrating Legal Intervention, and Fieldwork III (one day per week).

Sixth semester courses:

Integration Seminar and Fieldwork IV (four days a week).

For a complete list of courses offered in Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention, please browse through our section of the Course Calendar.

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