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    Diploma in Social Services Worker Youth Specialist

    The social services field is incredibly diverse and allows students to choose a specialty that best suits their career goals. Building on the Social Services Worker Foundations program, the Youth Specialist program introduces courses focusing on Canada’s social welfare systems, violence, gangs and addiction in youth. After two practicum placements in the community, graduates will be well-prepared to enter this emotionally gratifying career.

    Graduates of the Social Services Worker Youth Specialist program are able to move on to jobs in a diverse range of settings such as child, youth, and family social service agencies, and programs concerned specifically with alcoholism, drug abuse, and family violence. Additional work environments may include group homes, correctional and community mental health centres, school programs, and Aboriginal agencies.

    “My instructors helped me to complete this program in the way that they explained everything that needed to be done. They explained why we needed to learn it, and they encouraged us along the way. They explained how we could achieve our goals.” – Isabel R., Vancouver Career College Grad

    This program is 44 weeks in length.

    Job Opportunities

    • Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities
    • Family Social Service Agencies
    • Group Homes
    • Correctional Facilities
    • Community Mental Health Centre
    • School Programs
    • Aboriginal Agencies

    Program Courses

    Student Success Strategies
    Business Computer Applications
    Introduction to Social Service Work
    Professional Communications for Social Services
    Diversity and Social Justice
    Professional Ethics for Social Services
    Psychology
    Fundamentals of Poverty
    Fundamentals of Addiction
    Fundamentals of Mental Health
    Working with Families
    Case Management
    Burnout and Self-Care for Professionals
    Community Resources and Networking
    Professional Development
    Advocacy and Empowerment of Youth
    Youth and the Social Welfare Systems in Canada
    Interviewing Techniques: Youth
    Youth Diversity: Culture and Subculture
    Introduction to Youth Justice Issues: Violence, Gangs, Incarceration
    Youth Issues in Addiction
    Practicum I
    Practicum II


    Live in Coquitlam and Train for a Great Career Here, Too!

    The team at the Coquitlam campus is committed to your success. We will assist you right from the beginning of your studies through to finding job opportunities in your chosen career field.

    Located in the growing Metro Vancouver suburb, the Coquitlam Campus is centrally located near the popular Coquitlam Centre. There are numerous amenities both at the mall and in the surrounding area, including shops, restaurants and little coffee spots for chilling out or studying.

    The campus is also minutes away from recreation centres, where you can work out at the gym, swim some laps, or relax in the hot tub.

    Step out of school and into nature as you experience a number of parks and greenspaces in the community.

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