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Youth Care Worker

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Youth Care Worker

Program Overview

Does a career of working one-on-one with youth and families 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 one-year certificate program are qualified for jobs as youth or family service workers in educational, residential, social services or community-based agencies.

The one-year Youth Care Worker certificate program is offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus, as well as through distance education. Qualified instructors with experience in the field will help you develop the skills you need to build therapeutic relationships with children, youth and families. Your studies will focus on:

  • Aboriginal awareness
  • addictions and the criminal justice system
  • behavioural intervention strategies and therapeutic activities
  • communication, employability and problem-solving skills
  • crisis prevention/self-protection strategies
  • health & wellness, human growth & development
  • planning and implementing activities

Practical, Real-World Learning

The program combines classroom theory with practical learning. You’ll learn from guest speakers and participate in experiential activities. Two work-based practicums give you an opportunity to work directly with children and youth at risk on a day-to-day basis. You’ll apply core concepts learned in class, develop your skills and engage in the design and delivery of programs.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, look for positions as a youth worker, family support worker, group home staff, community outreach worker or classroom assistant. There are job opportunities in community-based child and youth programs, school-based programs, residential treatment centres, recreation programs, home-based care, child and youth advocacy, and community development.

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

Potential Careers

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

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 35 weeks

Locations

  • Regina
  • Saskatoon
  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note

  • Admitted students will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search prior to entering required coursework and practicum with children, youth and adults. At the discretion of the agency, a student may be declined access to a practicum placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check, personal interview and/or medical assessment. A student must complete the practicum placements to graduate from the program. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is the student's responsibility.
  • Proof of current Standard First Aid and CPR 'C' or equivalent may be required prior to entry into a practicum.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 50 Arithmetic
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence
  • 4 WritePlacer

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,400

International Students

Saskatoon

Year 1 (35 weeks) - $13,600 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
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
EMPL 180
Employability Skills
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): COM 103, COM 105, COMM 292
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group
HLTH 183
Health Promotion in Youth Care
3
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You will discuss a holistic approach to wellness with a focus on personal health. You will receive instruction in the lifestyle practices that promote health and wellness. You will study workplace safety practices and have the opportunity to demonstrate competency in practical skills necessary for worker and client safety.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
MGMT 193
Behaviour Supports in Youth Care
3
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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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 281
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
ORTN 385
Orientation
4
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You will visit human service agencies and you will meet the workers from a range of programs and agencies for youth, adults, and families at risk. You will prepare for advanced coursework and confirm your career choice.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
SEM 185
Youth Care Worker Certificate Integration Seminar 1
1
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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.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
SFTY 184
Crisis Prevention
1
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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 conflicts without the use of force. You will demonstrate the skills of crisis intervention by doing a five minute role play. The role and purpose of crisis debriefing will be discussed and reviewed.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 20.0
Equivalent Course(s): SFTY 194
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
SOCI 184
Sociology A
3
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The course provides an introduction to the sociological perspective and addresses the study of people as social beings. You will examine culture, socialization processes and social inequality.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): SOCI 160
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
YCW 187
Youth Care Practices 1
3
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You will be introduced to the assumptions, values, ethics and laws that provide the basis for working with youth and families. You will develop awareness of your professional role and boundaries in maintaining effective helping relationships. You will apply the problem solving process to client situations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
YCW 282
Family Systems
3
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You will examine patterns of family life in Canadian culture and society. You will explore the challenges facing Canadian families and you will develop strategies to support family function.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
PRAC 384
Practicum 1
8
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You will apply knowledge and skills learned in your coursework at a program or agency that provides youth and family services to persons at risk. Under the supervision of the agency, you will develop skills needed to work as a youth and family service worker in a social services, residential, educational, or community agency in Saskatchewan.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Prerequisites(s): EMPL 180, MGMT 193, ORTN 385, SEM 185, SFTY 184, YCW 187
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Clinical/Practicum

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
HUMD 188
Human Growth and Development
4
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You will learn the physical, sensory, perceptual, cognitive, social, and personality stages of human growth and development from conception to death.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
REHA 281
Program Planning
2
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Building on YCW 187, Youth Care Practices 1, you will apply the problem solving process to planning supportive interventions to client groups. You will examine needs assessment and decision making as applied to group services in youth and family services. You will develop program goals and objectives, identify learning activities, write activity plans, and develop program resources. You will develop a 15 hour program for at risk youth and you will create a program manual to support delivery of the program.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): YCW 187
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
SEM 282
Youth Care Worker Certificate Integration Seminar 2
1
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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.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 384
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
SOCI 185
Sociology B
3
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Building on what you learned in SOCI 184, you will examine the importance of a sociological understanding in human service professions. You will study social institutions, social deviance, and issues facing mainstream and marginalized people in Canada.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): SOCI 184
Equivalent Course(s): SOCI 260, SOCI 282
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
YCW 188
Therapeutic Activities
3
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You will examine the role of the youth care worker in planning and implementing culturally and developmentally appropriate activities for youth and families at risk. In the role of the Youth Care Worker, you will develop, implement, and evaluate individual and group activities, aboriginal cultural activities, and activities that involve the use of social media.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): REC 184
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
YCW 189
Aboriginal Awareness
3
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You will receive an introduction to First Nations and Metis Nations peoples in Canada. You will examine historical and current issues that affect Aboriginal peoples. You will explore racism and will develop an understanding of how self-awareness impacts helping relationships.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group
YCW 284
Addictions
3
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You will examine historical trends and perspectives of addictive behaviours and interventions, with a focus on substance, gambling, and sexual addictions. You will identify drug classifications and the impact of addiction on family functioning. You will learn about prevention, intervention, and treatment options.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Theory, Print Distance Group

Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
PRAC 385
Practicum 2
8
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Building on the experience you gained in Practicum 1, you will develop greater independence and expand the skill set needed to work as an employee in social services, residential, educational, or community agency that provides youth and family services in Saskatchewan.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Prerequisites(s): COMM 291, HLTH 183, YCW 282, HUMD 188, REHA 281, SEM 282, SOCI 185, YCW 188, YCW 189, YCW 284
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Clinical/Practicum
Note: Students must be admitted to the program before taking the practicums.

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.

 


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • graduate entry to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Youth Care Worker diploma program
  • selected courses are transferrable to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Correctional Studies and Aboriginal Police Preparation programs

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