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Youth Care Worker Certificate

We're transitioning to a new registration system. If you're looking for a course that starts after July 1, 2017 visit saskpolytech.ca/part-time-studies.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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)

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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


This course currently has no offerings.

You will learn the physical, sensory, perceptual, cognitive, social, and personality stages of human growth and development from conception to death.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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)

This course currently has no offerings.

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

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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

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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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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
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.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

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: Completion of all Youth Care Worker Certificate theory courses


This course currently has no offerings.

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