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Youth Care Worker Diploma

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 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

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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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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.

This course currently has no offerings.

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: Completion of all Youth Care Worker Diploma theory courses


This course currently has no offerings.

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