Youth Care Worker (Part-time studies)

School of Human Services and Community Safety Diploma

Program Overview

The Youth Care Worker Diploma program is offered online only, through distance education.

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 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.

View Program Information

To graduate and receive a credential for this program, part-time students must apply to the program and be admitted before taking the practicum (PRAC 189).


Group Facilitation (HUMR-281)
Psychology A (PSYC-188)
Youth Care Worker Diploma Integration Seminar 1 (SEM-105)
Youth Care Practices 2 (YCW-281)
Conflict Resolution (YCW-285)
Practicum 1 (PRAC-398)
Administration (ADMN-286)
Culture and Diversity (CLTR-180)
Suicide Intervention (COUN-180)
Psychology B (PSYC-189)
Youth Care Worker Diploma Integration Seminar 2 (SEM-200)
Youth Criminal Justice (SPSY-184)
Abnormal Psychology (SPSY-290)
Sexual Victimization (YCW-283)
Practicum 2 (PRAC-399)