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.
- Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facilities
- Family Social Service Agencies
- Group Homes
- Correctional Facilities
- Community Mental Health Centre
- School Programs
- Aboriginal Agencies
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
Fundamentals of Poverty
Fundamentals of Addiction
Fundamentals of Mental Health
Working with Families
Burnout and Self-Care for Professionals
Community Resources and Networking
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
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.