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Victim Services Coordination

Applied Certificate
Victim Services Coordination

Program Overview

If you’re the kind of person who believes in standing up for others, consider a career in victim services. It is a high-demand area—and Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Victim Services Coordination program will open the door to jobs with police, corrections or community-based agencies.

Victim services coordinators provide advocacy, information, assistance and referrals to victims of crime or traumatic events. You’ll be working with diverse groups of people and handling emotionally-charged situations, so good communication skills are important. You also need to work from a place of strength, so you must be living a healthy lifestyle.

Learn Online

Develop your skills while you continue to work. All courses for this applied certificate program are offered through Continuing Education.

Victim Services Coordination is an applied certificate program which gives you practical, applicable knowledge and skills in:

  • case management
  • client services strategies
  • community partnerships
  • criminal justice system
  • personal wellness and self-care
  • response to traumatic events
  • volunteer coordination

Participate in Agency Visits

Participate in visits to community agencies during your program. It’s a great way to see first-hand what kind of victim programs and services are available in the community. You can also talk to your instructors or the program head about possible training opportunities in the community.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to work as a victim services coordinator, assistant coordinator, domestic violence caseworker or Aboriginal resource officer. Look for work with police services, corrections services or community-based programs for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Victim Services CoordinatorCommunity and Social Service Workers (4212)$28,800 - $69,200
Victim Services WorkerCommunity and Social Service Workers (4212)$28,800 - $69,200

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies; <a href="/programs-and-courses/continuing-education/certificate-and-diploma-programs-and-credit-courses.aspx" target="_blank">view courses</a>

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Length: 17 weeks

Locations

  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note: You do not apply or have admission requirements assessed for this program. You take courses through Continuing Education. Once you have successfully completed all the courses in the program, simply apply to graduate.

Admission Method

Not applicable at this time

Tuition and Fees

Varies by course

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 103
Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Clients
1
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You will develop specific skills for interacting with difficult clients. Content will include strategies for dealing with resistant clients and strategies to defuse hostile situations.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
COM 110
Client Service Skills
2
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You will develop specific skills for interacting with victim services clients and other agencies that provide services for victims in the community and the province.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 291
Interpersonal Communications
2
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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.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 103, COMM 112, COMM 135, COMM 155, COMM 160, COMM 381, HUMR 182, HUMR 186, JOBS 190, NEPS 114, NURS 114, NURS 163
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Televised/SCN, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group, Work Based Delivery
CORR 167
Criminal Justice System
3
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You will examine the components of the criminal justice system. You will examine how the components work together to respond to crime and crime control.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group
COUN 100
Crisis Intervention
1
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You will learn the principles of crisis intervention. You will demonstrate basic strategies for dealing with individuals who are in a state of crisis.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
HUMR 100
Roles and Responsibilities
2
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You will examine the mandates and roles of agencies involved with crime or traumatic events. You will examine the roles that staff and volunteers play in the delivery of services in this area.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
HUMR 101
Clients with Diverse Needs
2
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You will develop specific skills for interacting with diverse client groups. You will identify and practice strategies for providing services to Aboriginal clients, clients who are new immigrants, clients with disabilities, clients with mental health issues as well as other emerging diverse client needs.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
HUMS 100
Traumatic Events Coordination
2
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You will study the role of Victim Services in responding to traumatic events. You will learn how to coordinate services within the community to develop a coordinated response plan.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MGMT 104
Case Management
2
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You will develop the case management skills required by agencies that provide services to victims of crime and/or traumatic events. You will develop case plans based on case files.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MGMT 105
Volunteer Management
2
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You will apply volunteer management skills in an agency setting and evaluate the effectiveness of volunteer programs.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
PERS 100
Self Care
1
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You will examine the factors that adversely affect personal wellness in your work environment (e.g. the police milieu). You will develop a self care plan.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
SPSY 100
Ethics and Professionalism
2
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You will learn the concepts of professional behavior and ethics as they apply to the field of victim services. You will also have the opportunity to develop a safety plan, resume/portfolio and practice job interview skills.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
SPSY 141
Family Violence Strategies
3
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You will study violence in a family setting. You will apply this knowledge to understanding the perpetrator and the victim when planning interventions in First Nations communities. You will examine the role of community resources available to support families in the community.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 42.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
WORK 154
Work Experience
0
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You will participate in a work experience in a community setting in order to integrate theory and practice in a setting where you perform identified agency tasks.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Additional Information

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