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Youth Care Worker Diploma

The Youth Care Worker diploma program builds on the skills developed in the Youth Care Worker certificate program. You will learn about specific issues and develop the specialized skills needed to work with youth. You will study:

  • cultural diversity
  • suicide prevention
  • sexual victimization
  • abnormal psychology
  • therapeutic intervention strategies
  • community development
  • conflict resolution
  • family systems
  • individual assessment and development of case plans
  • small group facilitation
  • agency administration

Your practicum placements will provide you with hands-on experience in applying your knowledge and skills and in integrating theory and practice. They may take place in a group home, community agency, community school or residential treatment centre. 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.


The course will provide you with an introduction to a range of disorders that often lead to abnormal behaviours seen in youth at risk. You will learn about how these disorders are manifested and treated. The purpose of the course is to expose you to the behaviours you are likely to encounter in the field so that you are better prepared to assist clients

45 hours/20 weeks
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 26, 2016 - February 10, 2017
Registration deadline: September 30, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-360
March 20, 2017 - August 4, 2017
Registration deadline: March 24, 2017
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-414
You will receive an overview of the organizational structure and operation of human service agencies. You will learn the principles of volunteer management and the process of writing effective proposals.

Students are responsible for obtaining video camera for assignment requirement.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 26, 2016 - February 10, 2017
Registration deadline: September 30, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-303
March 13, 2017 - July 28, 2017
Registration deadline: March 17, 2017
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-342
You will be introduced to conflict theory and the many different ways of resolving interpersonal conflict. You will examine a model interest based conflict resolution for resolving conflicts and be expected to act as a mediator by applying the different stages of the model. Finally, you will look at mediation within the criminal justice system, as well as; family conferencing and restorative justice on the community based level.

Students are responsible for obtaining video camera for assignment requirement

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 4, 2017 - March 22, 2017
Mon, Wed - 9:00-10:59 am
Registration deadline: December 28, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00ReginaCRN: 201603-153
September 19, 2016 - February 3, 2017
Registration deadline: September 23, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-368
January 23, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: January 27, 2017
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-422
You will be introduced to the many facets of culture. Your studies will focus on the personal attitudes and values involved in appreciating cultural differences. You will explore multiculturalism in Canadian society and discuss practices that promote acceptance of differences in society.

45 hours/20 weeks (print)
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 26, 2016 - February 10, 2017
Registration deadline: September 30, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-304
January 23, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: January 27, 2017
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-343
The course will introduce you to the foundations of group work. You will be provided with the opportunity to develop practical skills in group facilitation.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 4, 2017 - March 22, 2017
Mon, Wed - 11:00-11:29 am
Registration deadline: December 28, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00ReginaCRN: 201603-155
January 30, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-394
The course provides an introduction to the scientific study of human behaviour. The course content includes psychology as a discipline, neuroscience and behaviour, learning, memory, motivation, stress and stressors.

Same text(s) used for both Psychology A and B

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 6, 2017 - March 24, 2017
Fri - 9:00-11:59 am
Registration deadline: December 30, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$415.00ReginaCRN: 201603-157
September 6, 2016 - January 20, 2017
Registration deadline: September 9, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-348
January 30, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-401
The course is a continuation of the scientific examination of human behaviour introduced in PSYC 188 (Psychology A). Course content includes personality, abnormal psychology, theories of emotional disturbance, treating emotional disturbance and altered states of consciousness.

Same text(s) used for both Psychology A and B

Prerequisites: Psychology A (PSYC 188)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 6, 2016 - January 20, 2017
Registration deadline: September 9, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-349
January 30, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-402
Your studies will focus on the scope and characteristics of sexual violence in Canada. You will learn to identify indicators of sexual abuse, the impact on the victim and family and the recovery process. The importance of selfawareness and self-care is stressed.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - March 9, 2017
Tue, Thu - 11:30 am-1:29 pm
Registration deadline: December 27, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$415.00ReginaCRN: 201603-156
October 17, 2016 - March 3, 2017
Registration deadline: October 21, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-366
You will acquire knowledge and develop skills related to suicide intervention and prevention, and explore the common perspectives about suicide. The processes of assessing and addressing risk, employing intervention techniques, developing follow-up and community involvement will be emphasized.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 6, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-346
Your studies will focus on the role of community development as tool to improve service for youth. You will learn how to advocate for change and manage barriers that impede effective service delivery.

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
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00ReginaCRN: 201603-154
September 26, 2016 - February 10, 2017
Registration deadline: September 30, 2016
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201602-364
February 6, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: February 6, 2017
Registration opens June 1, 2016
$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-419
The course provides you with an opportunity to acquire extended experience working within programs for youth. The experience will help you apply the knowledge you gained from course work and build skills you need for employment in a real work setting. You will have the opportunity to assess, plan, implement and evaluate a program for a client and to facilitate, evaluate and revise program plans for established agency programs. You will be involved in managing education sessions for agency clientele.

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

Prerequisites: Conflict Resolution (YCW 285), Group Facilitation (281) (HUMR 281), Youth Care Practices 2 (YCW 281), YCW Dip Integration Seminar 1 (SEM 105)


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
July 2, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Registration deadline: June 1, 2016
Register Online
$864.00ClinicalCRN: 201509-191
July 4, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Registration deadline: June 1, 2017
Register Online
$846.00ClinicalCRN: 201609-29
The course provides you with a second opportunity to acquire extended experience working within programs for youth. The focus of your second practicum experience is on the administrative functions that youth care professions carry out in the workplace. You will learn to develop your leadership skills. You will have the opportunity to gain experience in your presentation, group facilitation and conflict resolution skills. Emphasis will be placed on enhancing your professional and personal growth.

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

Prerequisites: Abnormal Psychology (SPSY 290), Administration (ADMN 286), Conflict Resolution (YCW 285), Culture and Diversity (CLTR 180), Group Facilitation (281) (HUMR 281), Psychology A (PSYC 188), Psychology B (PSYC 189), Sexual Victimization (YCW 283), Suicide Intervention (COUN 180), Youth Care Practices 2 (YCW 281), Youth Care Worker Diploma Practicum 1 (PRAC 398), Youth Criminal Justice (SPSY 184), YCW Dip Integration Seminar 1 (SEM 105), Completion of all Youth Care Worker Diploma theory courses


Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
July 2, 2015 - June 30, 2016
Registration deadline: June 1, 2016
Register Online
$864.00ClinicalCRN: 201509-192
July 4, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Registration deadline: June 1, 2017
Register Online
$846.00ClinicalCRN: 201609-30
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