Community Services


Youth Care Worker - Year 1

Battlefords Campus
Sep 1st, 2017 - May 18th, 2018 Full-time
Weekdays : 09:00am to 04:00pm

Tuition: $4579.00 (subject to change)
Application Fee of $35.00
Books: $1479.00 (subject to change)
Print Fee: $50.00

There is no tuition or book costs for Little Pine Students

Youth Care Worker is a certificate program. It provides knowledge and skill development in the care and support of children, youth and families in communities. You will learn how to facilitate the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children and youth while focusing on strengths and opportunities for growth.

You will examine the various aspects of children’s growth and development and learn how to develop therapeutic relationships with children, youth, their families and other informal helpers. You will also learn how to work directly, day-to-day with children and youth. A rich combination of theory and practical applications will help you develop a strong foundation in providing assistance to youth and their families.

Admission Requirements

* Grade 12
* English language requirement
**A security clearance, personal interview and/or medical may be required for your practical placements.

Special Admissions:
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.

A criminal record check, vulnerable sector search, and first aid certificate will be required.

Disclaimer: North West College has the right to make any changes deemed necessary.


  • COMM 291 - Interpersonal Communications

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • EMPL 180 - Employability Skills

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • HLTH 183 - Health Promotion in Youth Care

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • MGMT 193 - Behaviour Supports in Youth Care

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • ORTN 385 - Orientation

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SEM 185 - Youth Care Worker Certificate Integration Seminar 1

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SFTY 184 - Crisis Prevention

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SOCI 184 - Sociology A

    The course provides an introduction to the sociological perspective and addresses the study of people as social beings. You will examine socialization processes, social stratification and social deviance.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • YCW 187 - Youth Care Practices 1

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • YCW 282 - Family Systems

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • PRAC 384 - Practicum 1

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • HUMD 188 - Human Growth & Development

    You will learn the physical, sensory, perceptual, cognitive, social, and personality stages of human growth and development from conception to death.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • REHA 281 - Program Planning

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SEM 282 - Youth Care Worker Certificate Integration Seminar 2

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • SOCI 185 - Sociology B

    Building on what you learned in SOCI 184, you will study the process of sociological analysis and its importance to the human services professions.  You will examine issues facing mainstream and marginalized people in Canada.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • YCW 188 - Therapeutic Activities

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • YCW - 189 - Aboriginal Awareness

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • YCW 284 - Addictions

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture

  • PRAC 385 - Practicum 2

    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.

    Delivery Method: Lecture