Youth Care Worker (Part-time studies)

School of Human Services and Community Safety Certificate

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 full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus only, and part time 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:

  • Indigenous 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 and development; and
  • 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.

For additional information, contact Su Polley at 306-659-4908 or, or Marilyn Philipchuk at 306-659-4903 or

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In order to graduate and receive a credential for this program, part-time students must apply to the program and be admitted after completing the following courses: COMM 291, EMPL 180, HUMD 188, and SAFE 109.


Interpersonal Communications (COMM-291)
Employability Skills (EMPL-180)
Health Promotion in Youth Care (HLTH-183)
Behaviour Supports in Youth Care (MGMT-193)
Orientation (ORTN-385)
Introduction to Crisis Intervention (SAFE-109)
Sociology A (SOCI-184)
Youth Care Practices 1 (YCW-187)
Family Systems (YCW-282)
Human Growth and Development (HUMD-188)
Practicum 1 (PRAC-384)
Program Planning (REHA-281)
Sociology B (SOCI-185)
Therapeutic Activities (YCW-188)
Indigenous Awareness (YCW-189)
Addictions (YCW-284)
Practicum 2 (PRAC-385)
Practicum 2 (PRAC-385)