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Youth Care Worker (Part-time studies)

School of Human Services and Community Safety Diploma

This program is also available on campus. For more information visit the program page.

Program Overview

Does a career of working one-on-one with young people interest you? Check out the Youth Care Worker program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. You’ll find two options: the one-year certificate or the two-year diploma. Whichever you choose, you’ll need a steady personality, strong listening skills, compassion and respect for others.

Graduates of the two-year diploma program are qualified for jobs as family support workers, group home staff, program coordinators or community outreach workers in a variety of educational, residential, social services or community-based agencies.

The two-year Youth Care Worker diploma program is offered at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus, as well as through distance education. Qualified instructors will help you build on knowledge and skills developed in the Youth Care Worker certificate program. You’ll learn more about:

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

Practical, Real-World Learning

You’ll participate in two extended work-based practicums. You’ll get hands-on experience implementing individual client programs, facilitating established agency programs, carrying out basic administrative functions and managing client education sessions. It’s an opportunity to build your professional skills while enhancing your own personal growth.

Get a Degree

Use your Youth Care Worker diploma to transfer into third year of the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Justice Studies at Lethbridge College in Alberta.

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Courses currently offered through part-time studies

Semester 1

Culture and Diversity (CLTR-180CE)
Suicide Intervention (COUN-180CE)
Group Facilitation (HUMR-281CE)
Psychology A (PSYC-188CE)
Youth Care Practices 2 (YCW-281CE)
Conflict Resolution (YCW-285CE)

Semester 3

Administration (ADMN-286CE)
Psychology B (PSYC-189CE)
Youth Criminal Justice (SPSY-184CE)
Abnormal Psychology (SPSY-290CE)
Sexual Victimization (YCW-283CE)
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