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This Diploma meets the educational requirements for youth worker positions in NS Child Welfare Level 1 & 2 and Level 3 & 4 facilities.


The Youth Worker diploma is a two year course which prepares graduates to work with youth in a variety of community based situations such as juvenile justice, recreation, rehabilitation and residential youth care. Students participating in this program will acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to work effectively with youth and youth at risk for, or having, special emotional, behavioral and environmental needs. The youth worker program provides students a balanced course of theoretical studies as well as ample practical interactions in the community so that the student has the opportunity to develop into a caring professional. Check out our new articulation agreement with Athabasca University (see below).

 

Youth Worker Diploma Courses

Courses: Year 1

ECE1013 Human Development: Conception to Age Three

The focus of this course is on the normal social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of infants and toddlers. Much discussion focuses on the influence of environment and genetics on development and also on how professionals can plan developmentally appropriate environments. Other topics examined include riskfactors for growth and development as well as emotional and temperament development. Students will be challenged to connect current theory to their practice.

ENG 1033 Intro to Professional Reading & Writing 1

A review of basic English grammar, and composition. Students will review academic library procedures for research purposes, as well as, develop analytical and critical thinking skills.  ENG1033 is a pre-requisite for ENG1043.

ENG 1043 Intro to Professional Reading & Writing 2

A review of basic English grammar, and composition. Students will review academic library procedures for research purposes, as well as, develop analytical and critical thinking skills.  ENG1033 is a pre-requisite for ENG1043.

SPE 3083 Introduction to Counselling

This course will focus on the development of skills necessary to counsel, one on one, and in small groups. Students will be invited to explore their individual beliefs regarding youth and/or persons having diverse needs. The role of counselling in the helping relationship will be addressed.

YHW 1013 Life Skills for Youth

Drug and alcohol abuse, sexually transmitted disease, human sexuality, anger management and communication skills are examined.  The students are exposed to current information as well as how this information can be transferred to youth.

YHW 1023 Youth and the Law

The course provides an examination of the Canadian legal system as it pertains to youth.  The various types of services, treatments and community based programs will be identified and studied.  The dynamics of youth involved in asocial behavior will provide a framework into which appropriate intervention could be introduced.

YHW 1033 Professional Issues

The focus of the course will be on skills and knowledge essential to good professional practice.  Confidentiality, interpersonal communication, stress management, professional report writing and cultural sensitivity will be addressed.  All students will receive certification in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.

YHW 1043 Adolescent Program Development

Program development from a recreational perspective is addressed. Students are encouraged to address the positive attributes of this developmental phase and to make  connections to various activities that might appeal to individuals of various backgrounds and abilities.

YHW 1053 Introduction to Youth Care I

The intent of this course is to provide students with an overview of the field of Child and Youth Care. The course will explore interventions and strategies utilized when working with children/youth at risk. The students are challenged to explore attitudes, knowledge, and skills that are required of competent youth workers.  All students will receive certification in St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid. YHW1053 is a pre-requisite for YHW2043.

YHW 1063 Methods in Child and Youth Guidance

Methodology to deal with and modify behavior will be the primary aim. Various strategies to deal with difficult behaviors at various stages of development will be examined. Issues of risk and culture as factors affecting behavior will also be addressed.

YHW 1073 Professional Certification 1

Students will sucessfully complete; MANDT- the focus of the MANDT system is on building healthy relationships between all the stakeholders in human service settings, Non Violent Crisis Intervention - training focuses on prevention and offers proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile or violent behavior, Standard First Aid - designed to meet industry, business and government requirements.

Courses: Year 2

ECE 2013 Human Development: Preschool and School Age

The focus of the course is on typical development in the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional domains. The development of children between the ages of three and twelve is the primary focus of the course. Students are challenged to examine how children’s needs and abilities change as they grow and develop and how they must, as quality care givers, adapt their programs to meet these needs .

ENG 2013 Critical Reading and Professional Writing

Various topic areas are addressed with an aim to develop critical thinking skills. Students will examine topical issues and will write about their implication to youth and society in a critical manner. Cultural and lifestyle diversity will form the cornerstones of prescribed readings.

ENG 2023 Professional Research Methods

Students will be expected to develop the skills required to do accurate research. Students will research a topic related to children/youth using recognized methodology.

SPE 2033 Special Education in Youth Care 1

These courses will introduce students to a wide cross section of diverse abilities, and in particular, to diversities commonly found in youth populations. The effects of environmental and physiological factors will be examined, as will, appropriate interventions and treatments. Both lifelong impairments and late onset conditions and disorders will be investigated. SPE2033 is a pre-requisite for SPE2043.

SPE 2043 Special Education in Youth Care 2

These courses will introduce students to a wide cross section of diverse abilities, and in particular, to diversities commonly found in youth populations. The effects of environmental and physiological factors will be examined, as will, appropriate interventions and treatments. Both lifelong impairments and late onset conditions and disorders will be investigated. SPE2033 is a pre-requisite for SPE2043.

YHW 2013 Human Development: Adolescent

Course content will focus on the normative development of individuals through the transition years between childhood and adulthood. Autonomy, peer relationships, sexuality, morality and cognitive abilities will be addressed.

YHW 2023 Counselling and Treatment

Students will gain an understanding of the assessment, treatment and ongoing evaluation of youth in residential, and day treatment programs. Strategies from various therapeutic milieus will be examined.

YHW 2033 Prevention and Intervention Strategies

The course focus is on suicide prevention, dynamics of family violence and abuse prevention, detection and intervention. The students will be introduced to the principles of prevention and appropriate intervention.  All students will be certified in Suicide Intervention.

YHW 2043 Introduction to Youth Care 2

The intent of the course is to provide students with an overview of the field of Child and Youth Care. The course will explore interventions and strategies utilized when working with children/youth at risk. The students are challenged to explore attitudes, knowledge, and skills that are required of competent youth workers.  All students will receive certification in St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid. YHW1053 is a pre-requisite for YHW2043.

YHW 2053 Creative Experiences for Youth: Art and Drama

Students will explore various methods of self-expression in an interactive fashion.  They will be challenged to explore their own creativity as well as develop an understanding of how to encourage and support creative expression in others.

YHW 2063 Professional Certification 2

Students will sucessfully complete; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)- designed for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) - MHFA is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.  

 

Delivery

2 years of full time study  

PRACTICUM

*Information on the 500 hours of practicum requirements are available in the downloadable Student Manual.

 

Articulation Agreement with Athabasca University Click Here for Details

 

 

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