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Youth Care Worker Certificate

The Youth Care Worker certificate program provides knowledge and skill development in the care and support of children, youth and families in communities. You will learn how to facilitate the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and youth while focusing on strengths and opportunities for growth.

You will examine the various aspects of children’s growth and development and learn how to develop therapeutic relationships with children, youth, their families and other informal helpers. You will also learn how to work directly day-to-day with children and youth. A rich combination of theory and practical applications will help you develop a strong foundation in providing assistance to youth and their families. Your studies will include:

  • interpersonal communication skills
  • Aboriginal awareness
  • addictions
  • techniques of problem-solving
  • health and wellness
  • human sexuality
  • sociology
  • the criminal justice system
  • planning and implementing activities
  • behavioural intervention strategies
  • therapeutic activities
  • crisis prevention/self-protection strategies
  • theoretical basis of professional child and youth care work
  • employability skills

In addition to lectures and other classroom learning activities, you will participate in practicum placements where you will receive hands-on experience integrating core concepts into practice, developing skills and engaging in the design and delivery of programs with agency supervision. Your practicum placement may be in a group home, community agency, community school or residential treatment facility.

This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon and on a part-time basis during the day over a year and a half at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Regina. For complete program information, check the program page.


You will receive an introduction to First Nations and Métis Nations peoples in Canada. You will examine historical and current issues that affect Aboriginal peoples. You will explore racism and develop an understanding of how self-awareness impacts client relationships.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 21, 2017
Tue, Thu - 9:00-10:59 am
Registration deadline: December 27, 2016
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$465.00ReginaCRN: 201603-115
September 26, 2016 - February 10, 2017
Registration deadline: September 30, 2016
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-363
January 9, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Registration deadline: January 13, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-418
You will examine the historical trends and theoretical perspectives of addictive behaviours with a focus on substance, gambling and sexual addictions. You will identify drug classifications and the impact of addictions on family functioning and dynamics. You will learn about current prevention strategies and treatment options when dealing with substance use/abuse issues.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
October 3, 2016 - February 17, 2017
Registration deadline: October 7, 2016
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-367
January 30, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-421
You will be introduced to the behavioural change process as it applies to the youth care worker’s role with children and youth at risk. You will examine the theories, principles, and strategies designed to increase optimal behaviours and decrease inappropriate behaviours. You will study practical guidelines and techniques for working with children and youth at risk in the context of family and community. You will learn the role of functional behaviour assessment in managing disruptive behaviour.

Additional costs: text(s) and required print materials.
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 23, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: January 27, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-396
You will learn strategies for crisis prevention and be introduced to the model of Crisis Intervention. You will explore the role of self awareness, triggers and response patterns in conflict situations. You will learn techniques and skills to resolve conflict without the use of force. You will demonstrate the skills of crisis prevention by doing a five minute role play. The role and purpose of crisis debriefing will be discussed and reviewed.

Out of province students please call 306-659-4034 (Saskatoon)

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 10, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Mandatory Workshop May 27, 2016.
Registration deadline: April 14, 2017
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$255.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-404
You will receive instruction and practice in written communication skills needed for the workplace. You will develop effective job search strategies. Emphasis will be placed on communicating a professional image.

Online courses use an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at a time that is convenient ot the student.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials Online: no additional materials required
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 12, 2017 - March 16, 2017
Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration deadline: January 12, 2017
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$415.00ReginaCRN: 201603-123
October 17, 2016 - March 3, 2017
Registration deadline: October 21, 2016
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-331
January 23, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: January 27, 2017
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-375
February 13, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-374
April 10, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: April 10, 2017
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$578.00OnlineCRN: 201604-41
You will examine patterns of marriage and family in Canadian society. You will explore the issues and challenges facing families and develop strategies to improve family function.

Regina course is offered as facilitated study – a combination of independent study and classroom instruction.

Prerequisites: Completion of Funeral Service core courses, Core Work Experience (WORK 192) & Core Practicum (PRAC 176) for Funeral Service students


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 4, 2017 - February 27, 2017
Mon, Wed, Fri - 9:00-10:59 am
Registration deadline: December 28, 2016
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$465.00ReginaCRN: 201603-117
October 10, 2016 - February 24, 2017
Registration deadline: October 14, 2016
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-365
January 23, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: January 27, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-420
You will discuss a holistic approach to wellness with a focus on personal health. You will receive instruction in the lifestyle practices that promote health and wellness. You will study workplace safety practices and have the opportunity to demonstrate competency in practical skills necessary for worker and client safety.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 21, 2017
Tue, Thu - 11:30 am-1:29 pm
Registration deadline: December 27, 2016
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$465.00ReginaCRN: 201603-116
January 3, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-379
You will learn the physical, sensory, perceptual, cognitive, social, and personality stages of human growth and development from conception to death.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: January 13, 2017
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$525.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-390
January 9, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
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$525.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-741
You will develop employability skills through the study of interpersonal communications theory and applications in the workplace. Learning outcomes include the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.

The online course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at any time convenient for the student. High-speed internet is recommended.

Additional costs: Text
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
November 9, 2016 - December 7, 2016
Wed - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 237
Registration deadline: November 2, 2016
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$335.00Prince AlbertCRN: 201602-581
February 13, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-344
October 3, 2016 - February 3, 2017
Registration deadline: October 7, 2016
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-305
January 16, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-290
January 16, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-345
January 30, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-197
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: April 7, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-198
April 10, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: April 10, 2017
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$408.00OnlineCRN: 201604-39
Building on Youth Care Practices I (YCW 187), you will learn to apply the problem solving process to group situations. You will have the opportunity to develop a group program in a simulation.

Students require access to DVD player (Saskatoon)

Prerequisites: Youth Care Practices 1 (YCW 187)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
October 3, 2016 - February 3, 2017
Registration deadline: October 7, 2016
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-350
February 6, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-403
The course provides an introduction to the sociological perspective and addresses the study of people as social beings. You will examine socialization processes, social stratification and social deviance.

Same text used for both Sociology A and B

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 10, 2017 - March 20, 2017
Mon, Wed, Fri - 11:30 am-1:59 pm
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
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$415.00ReginaCRN: 201603-119
January 30, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-405
Building on what you learned in SOCI 184, you will study the process of sociological analysis and its importance to the human services professions. You will examine issues facing mainstream and marginalized people in Canada.

Same text used for both Sociology A & B

Prerequisites: Sociology A (SOCI 184)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 6, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-406
You will explore the benefits of therapeutic activities for youth at risk. Your studies will focus on developing and participating in a variety of therapeutic activities as you examine the role of the youth care worker in planning and implementing appropriate activities for youth.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 4, 2017 - February 8, 2017
Mon, Wed, Fri - 11:30 am-1:59 pm
Registration deadline: December 28, 2016
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$415.00ReginaCRN: 201603-118
March 6, 2017 - July 21, 2017
Registration deadline: March 10, 2017
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-417
You will learn the role of the youth care worker in the workplace and in society. You will identify professional practices as it applies to services for youth with an emphasis on respectful interaction and confidentiality. You will reflect on professional practice and discuss the application of theory and knowledge on practice. You will develop a personal portfolio for practicum placement, and you will explore the expectations of agencies involved in your placement.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 29, 2016 - June 19, 2017
Registration deadline: June 19, 2017
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$195.00DistanceCRN: 201609-1318
March 1, 2017 - March 17, 2017
Mon, Wed, Fri - 9:00-11:00 am
Registration deadline: February 22, 2017
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$195.00ReginaCRN: 201603-120
You will reflect on practicum experiences and apply theories, knowledge and skills to practicum placements. You will discuss current issues as well as ethical and professional conduct in relation to practicum experiences. You will expand the skills and knowledge needed to plan personal learning and career goals.

Prerequisites: Youth Care Worker Certificate Practicum 1 (PRAC 384)


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 29, 2016 - June 19, 2017
Registration deadline: June 19, 2017
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$195.00DistanceCRN: 201609-1319
You will be introduced to the assumptions, values, ethics and attitudes that form the basis of working with youth. The course will emphasize the development of self-awareness and its impact on effective helping relationships. You will learn to apply the problem-solving process to client situations.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 26, 2016 - February 10, 2017
Registration deadline: September 30, 2016
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-361
January 23, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: January 27, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-416
The course provides you with an introductory experience working with youth in agencies. The services you provide will prepare you for later course work and help you confirm your career choice.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by the practicum advisor prior to registration. Practicum starting Sep 21 (Regina) also includes M-F, Oct 31-Nov 3, time variable.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
March 6, 2017 - August 18, 2017
Registration deadline: March 10, 2017
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$525.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-397
The course provides you with an opportunity to apply knowledge and principles learned in the program. You will develop the skills needed to work as a front-line employee in a residential, educational or community based agency providing services to youth and/or their families.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by the practicum advisor prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Crisis Prevention (SFTY 184), Employability Skills (EMPL 180), Youth Care Practices 1 (YCW 187), Youth Care Worker Certificate Orientation 1 (ORTN 385), Behaviour Supports/Youth Care (MGMT 193), YCW Cert Integration Seminar 1 (SEM 185)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 29, 2016 - June 5, 2017
Registration deadline: June 2, 2017
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$588.00DistanceCRN: 201609-1073
Building on the experience you gained in your first practicum you will develop greater independence and expand the skill set needed to work as a front line employee in a residential, educational or community based agency providing services to youth and/or their families.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by the practicum advisor prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Aboriginal Awareness (YCW 189), Addictions (YCW 284), Family Systems (YCW 282), Interpersonal Communications (COMM 291), Program Planning (281) (REHA 281), Sociology B (SOCI 185), Therapeutic Activities (YCW 188), Health Promotion in Youth Care (HLTH 183), Human Growth & Development (HUMD 188), YCW Cert Integration Seminar 2 (SEM 282), Completion of all Youth Care Worker Certificate theory courses


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