Criminology 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 Criminology 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 Criminology Intervention, please visit the program section of the John Abbott website. 

Members of the Department

Castonguay, Louise :

Castonguay, Louise


Louise has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a specialty in Family Life Education (program design and facilitation) from McGill University, and a BA double major in Psychology and Human Relations from Concordia University. She worked for the Correctional Service of Canada for over 18 years, most of which was spent giving cognitive behavioral treatment programs - she is a specialist in violence prevention (anger and emotions management). In addition to teaching at JAC since 2019, she is also currently working in psychoeducational services in the education system.

Chenier, François : Chair

Chenier, François

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 and as criminal investigator and homicide detective. He also worked closely with Youth & Family centers and community organizations involved with youths. He completed a B.A. in Political Science at Concordia University and 2 years of law at McGill University. He also served as member and president of the board of directors of Verdun Hospital. From 1987 to 2008, he was a member of the Commission des droits de la jeunesse and the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse.

Gremeaux, Anne-Marie :

Gremeaux, Anne-Marie

514-457-6610 ext. 5743

Anne-Marie started teaching at John Abbott in 2005 part-time and full-time in 2013. She worked as an analyst for the RCMP's Intelligence and Analysis Section for 9 years. Prior to that, she worked for the Director of Youth Protection (DYP). She has a Bachelor and a Master’s in Criminology and a Master’s in College Education.

Knight, Linda :

Knight, Linda

514-457-6610 ext. 5883

Linda has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has worked in numerous settings including 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 in private practice. She has been teaching at John Abbott since 2001.

Mitchell, Barbara :

Mitchell, Barbara

514-457-6610 ext. 5812

Barbara received a Master’s in Social Work from McGill University in 1992. She has worked at child protection and children’s mental health agencies in both Quebec and Ontario as well as working privately in the areas of family counselling and child custody. Barbara has been teaching at John Abbott College since 2005.

Richer, Alain :

Richer, Alain

514-457-6610 ext. 5834

Alain has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Université de Montréal and a Master’s degree in Criminology from Ottawa University. As a Montréal police officer, he has worked for the youth section prior to his retirement. He has been teaching full time in the department since 2011.

Ruttenberg, Barbara :

Ruttenberg, Barbara

514-457-6610 ext. 5148

Barbara has been teaching at John Abbott for over 40 years. She also teaches at Concordia University. Barbara has a B.A. from Concordia University and a Master’s in Criminology from the University of Toronto.

Schachter, Ronald :

Schachter, Ronald

514-457-6610 ext. 5751

Ronald had a career in Law and teaches Law related courses in the and PT programs.

Secours, Kevin :

Secours, Kevin


Kevin teaches self-defence. He has a Bachelor of Education. He is the founder of Integrated Fighting Systems and director of the International Combat Systema Association.


Semester 1

Diversity and Inclusivity in Interventions 310-106-AB

The Impact of Lifespan Development on Delinquency and Victimization 310-107-AB

Introduction to Criminology 310-108-AB

Observation Methods 310-109-AB


Semester 2

Communication Techniques 310-206-AB

Introduction to the Profession 310-207-AB

Juvenile Criminology 310-208-AB

Understanding Penal Law and its Impact 310-213-AB

Security and Work Ethics 310-214-AB


Semester 3

Examining the Profession 310-306-AB

Self-Defense 310-307-AB

Intervention and Counseling Techniques I 310-308-AB

Understanding the Victim 310-313-AB

Adult Criminology 310-314-AB


Semester 4

Intervention and Counselling Techniques II 310-405-AB

Facilitating Groups 310-406-AB

Self-Care 310-407-AB

Crisis Intervention 310-408-AB

Helping a Victim 310-409-AB


Semester 5

Mental Health Intervention 310-509-AB

Interventions in Residential Settings 310-516-AB

Understanding and Intervening in Addiction 310-517-AB

Fieldwork I – Practical 310-518-AB

Fieldwork I – Theoretical 310-519-AB


Semester 6

Fieldwork II Practical 310-606-AB

Fieldwork II – Theoretical 310-607-AB


For a complete list of courses offered in Criminology Intervention, please browse through our section of the Program Planner.

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