With our intervention and helping relationship programs, embark on a stimulating journey that will allow you to put your taste for human relationships to good use and make a difference in the lives of people in difficulty.
Human qualities at the service of the well-being of people in need
If your loved ones are used to consulting you for personal difficulties and you always find the time to listen to them, we want to hear from you! Although all intervention and helping relationship professions do not necessarily involve direct interactions with the various clienteles, the ability to listen is an essential quality for success in our programs.
Added to this is “the spirit of initiative, to propose solutions adapted to people in difficulty who find it difficult to take action. You also need a good open-mindedness, because the people with whom you have to intervene live realities that are sometimes very different from what you are used to. Having an analytical mind is also essential for making fair assessments and laying the foundations for a good intervention,” explains Sophie Parent, Vice-Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Digital Strategy at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and full professor at the school of psychoeducation.
Finally, the importance of rigor cannot be overstated, a quality that does not immediately come to mind when one thinks of careers in the humanities. “Rigour is really important when working with very vulnerable people. Without this rigour, we run the risk of accentuating their difficulties, and that is certainly not what we are looking for,” continues Sophie Parent.
Do you recognize yourself completely? In part? Rest assured! Our teaching staff will accompany you with sensitivity so that you can develop these essential qualities to the maximum. You might even discover hidden talents and unsuspected interests! For isn’t undertaking university studies also an adventure in the heart of oneself?
“I never expected to end up where I am right now. I am a curious person by nature and I needed to explore several things. At the start of my baccalaureate, I loved psychoeducation, but I had no idea that I was going to go into research. What I like is being able to combine my research work with field work,” says Marion, a doctoral student in psychoeducation as part of a reorientation that has turned into a real passion.
Programs that combine theory and practice
Did you know that the Université de Montréal is the only university institution in Quebec to offer programs in the 4 major disciplines of psychosocial intervention and helping relationship at the 3 training cycles? In fact, it’s very simple, “we train a large part of the next generation in intervention and helping relations in Quebec,” says Sophie Parent.
Fields of study include psychology, criminology, psychoeducation, and social work. There is no insurmountable barrier between programs. It is therefore possible for you to modify your trajectory as your capacities, your tastes and your aspirations become clearer.
It goes without saying that all programs include practical activities and/or internships. Not only will you get a taste of what awaits you on the field, but you will be able to develop useful skills in your everyday life, as Marion puts it so well.
“As part of my internships, I learned to take the time to analyze certain situations. This is a skill that I acquired for my professional life, but also for my personal life. More generally, my university career allowed me to develop my sense of organization. I also learned to bring projects to fruition and to work in a team. It will serve me throughout my life. »
And if you like to travel, the 4 disciplines of psychology, criminology, psychoeducation and social work offer you the possibility of studying abroad!
One life project, a thousand career opportunities
Our programs in intervention and helping relationship open the way to many and varied professions. “There are a lot of possibilities in general. Many work in schools. Others work in the health and social services sector, in youth centers and hospitals. What I find really good is that you have the opportunity to gain part-time work experience while studying. That’s what I did during my baccalaureate. It allows you to immediately create a professional identity. It’s a rich environment full of opportunities,” explains Marion.
According to Sophie Parent, there are a host of related professions that are often misunderstood and are aimed at those who would prefer to support workers or decision-makers in their work. “For example, there is criminological analysis, which aims to develop and use tools and knowledge to understand the criminal phenomenon, the functioning of the police, the phenomenon of victimization, etc. This specialization leads to jobs in both the private and public sectors. The field of artificial intelligence also offers possibilities that we do not necessarily think of, but it is very useful for the development of tools for stakeholders. »
You will understand: there are enough possibilities, both during and after your studies, for you to find what really suits your tastes and aspirations!
What you need for admission
Requirements for admission to all 1 programser cycle are pretty consistent, but nothing beats looking up the details per program to make sure you don’t miss a thing. The easiest way is to access the descriptive sheet of the program or programs that interest you from the Admission guide to social science programs: intervention.
Each program description sheet offers you an “Admission and requirements” tab that explains everything you need to know to submit your application.
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