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Youth Justice

Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Department: Youth Justice
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam
Credential: Diploma
Learning Format: Full-time
Offered: Fall
program overview

Do you want to make a positive difference the lives of young offenders or youth at risk of offending? Help improve the lives of young people in your community or who are involved in the justice system with a career in youth justice.

Unique in British Columbia, Douglas College’s two-year Youth Justice Diploma program blends studies in child and youth counselling, criminology and youth justice. Courses in behaviour theory, public policy, skill development and professional practice, plus real-world experience through two practicum placements, ensure you are prepared to effectively assist at-risk youth or those who are already involved in the justice system once you graduate.

Get hired

The Youth Justice program at Douglas College enjoys an excellent reputation with employers, with many offering our students practicum positions and full-time jobs. As a graduate, you’ll be prepared for careers in a variety of social-service settings, including community and government agencies, school settings, treatment programs and justice system settings. Social and community service workers are in high demand in B.C., with 11,400 job openings expected between 2017 and 2027. Workers in this industry can expect a median salary of $39,856 annually (as per 2016 data), with opportunities to advance in both pay and position as management-level roles for social, community and correctional services are also expected to increase in the coming years.

Further your studies

The Youth Justice Diploma transfers into the third year of Douglas College’s Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care and the second year of Douglas’s Bachelor of Social Work. The diploma credits can also be used to fulfill some of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Criminology.

The diploma also transfers to the third year of Royal Roads University’s Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies program, which can be completed in one year on campus, or two years online (with short on-campus residencies).

curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 credits
  • 25% (15 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

Program Requirements:

Course Number

Course Title

Credits

Semester I

CRIM 1100

Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

3.00

YJWD 1100

Personal and Professional Issues For The Youth Justice Worker

3.00

YJWD 1200

Behavioral Intervention Strategies For The Youth Justice Worker

1.50

YJWD 1220

Counselling Skills for Youth Justice Workers

3.00

YJWD 1240

Youth Justice Worker: Practicum I

4.50

Semester I Credits

15.00

Semester II

CFCS 1130

Change and Development Lifespan

3.00

CRIM 1150

Introduction to Criminology

3.00

CRIM 1160

The Canadian Legal System

3.00

CRIM 1170

Introduction to Corrections

3.00

Select one course from the following 3 options:

 

CMNS 1110

Workplace Writing for Child, Family and Community Studies

3.00

CMNS 1115

Practical Writing

3.00

ENGL 1130

Academic Writing

3.00

Semester II Credits

15.00

Semester III

CFCS 1260

Community Practice: Addictions

3.00

CRIM 2253

Youth, Crime and Law

3.00

CRIM 2260

Criminal Law

3.00

YJWD 2300

Group Dynamics and Activity Planning For The Youth Justice Worker

3.00

Semester III Credits

15.00

Semester IV

CFCS 2333

Change and Development: Families

3.00

CRIM 2251

Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour

3.00

YJWD 2460

Family Violence and Abuse

3.00

YJWD 2340

Youth Justice Worker: Practicum II

6.00

YJWD 2463

Community Practice: Mental Health for the Youth Justice Worker

3.00

Semester IV Credits

 

15.00

Total Program Credits

60.00

special academic requirements
English Language Exit Requirement

In order to graduate with a Diploma in Youth Justice, students are required to meet CFCS exit writing standards. The CFCS exit writing standards are as follows: 

Satisfactory completion of workplace writing tasks in all YJWD work

and

"C-" or higher in CMNS 1110 or CMNS 1115 (or equivalent - see Transfer Guide)

or

"C-" or higher in ENGL 1130 (or equivalent - see Transfer Guide)

or

A satisfactory portfolio of workplace writing samples (upon special request by experienced practitioners engaged in PLAR only)

career transfer pathways

Unique in British Columbia, the Douglas College Youth Justice program enjoys an excellent reputation with employers. Because they possess job-ready skills, Douglas graduates are in high demand, with many employers offering practicum placements that often lead to permanent positions. Students do practicums in a variety of settings, including schools, youth centres, custodial settings for young people in conflict with the law, community policing, victim services, outreach services and support services.  Graduates receive support in the transition from classroom to career through networking opportunities, exposure to agencies in the youth justice community, professional development and the Career Centre.

Graduates are prepared for work in a variety of social-service settings, such as community or government agencies, schools, treatment programs and justice system settings. Employment opportunities include:

  • Court-ordered youth support 
  • Restorative justice 
  • Alcohol and drug counselling
  • Aboriginal youth services
  • Crime prevention
  • Gang and bullying prevention
  • Community and family services
  • Community-based youth programs
  • Youth corrections
  • Policing

Additional employment opportunities may be available for students who continue on to a degree program. Refer to the university transfer options section for more information.

other information
Please note that shift work may be required in some practicums. Basic word processing skills are an asset.

Applicants are responsible for any costs incurred in the admission process.

English language skills are required for successful completion of the Youth Justice Diploma Program. Douglas College is committed to student success - we want you to experience success in your course work and your career.

admission requirements
  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Meet the minimum age requirement of 19 years by November 1st of the first semester.
  • Successfully participate in a formal orientation and selection process to determine suitability and readiness for training. Suitability is determined on the basis of an overview of an applicant's emotional stability, physical health, formal education, the ability to work in a team setting and life experience.
  • Criminal Record Search (CRS) - Information to be provided by the Office of the Registrar.
  • A medical declaration indicating a satisfactory level of physical and emotional health. The workload of the programs and the close contact with individuals in practical settings require students to be in good mental and physical health. Medical declarations are valid for one year.
  • Successful completion of 60 hours paid or volunteer experience in an approved setting.
  • Applicants are contacted by the Registrar's Office and advised of the program orientation meeting at which the dates for the screening process are confirmed. Attendance at both the orientation and screening process meetings is mandatory.
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Is this program right for me?

The Youth Justice department is looking for students who endeavour to improve the lives of people in their community. A special emphasis is placed on supporting youth who are currently, or at-risk of becoming, involved with the justice system.  Applicants should have an interest in youth justice, youth engagement, and the justice system. Applicants should be ready to commit to a full-time, professional program, with excellent career prospects.

What are the career prospects?

Please see the Career Pathways tab.

What is the course schedule?

The program is full-time. Courses may be scheduled Monday to Friday, between 8am and 5pm. Practicum schedule will align with agency operation. May include evenings or weekends.

What are the program start and end dates?

The program begins in September and ends in June. 

Where do classes take place?

All classes take place at our Coquitlam Campus, 1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.

How many students are accepted each year?

30

What are the required courses, and what are the course prerequisites?

Please see the Curriculum tab for required courses.

Regarding course prerequisites, contact your Instructional Facilitator. After consultation with the instructor, you may be eligible for a prerequisite waiver.

What is the classroom structure?

-Lecture method/lab

-Collaborative learning style


How much work experience is required?

Please see the Work Experience Requirement tab. 

What is a practicum?

Also called worksite learning, practicum is a chance to practise your skills in a youth justice professional work site. The YJ program includes two practicum placements- 1st semester and 4th semester. These are arranged by the Youth Justice Department, in consultation with students. An additional criminal record check may be required. 

Students may receive credit for previously completed supervised practicums. Please contact your Instructional Facilitator to inquire.  

What are the university transfer options?

Youth Justice Diploma graduates may continue their studies at Douglas College by completing a bachelor’s degree in Applied Criminology, Child and Youth Care or Social Work. The diploma can also be applied toward the Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University, with a two-year block transfer into the third year of the program. Many of Youth Justice courses transfer to other post-secondary institutions, including University of the Fraser Valley, Simon Fraser University and University of Victoria.

For transfer details to other institutions, see the BC Transfer Guide.

What is the attendance policy?

Attendance is mandatory for all classes, as learning is formatted around interaction with instructors and classmates.

When are the program breaks?

Summer Semester break, Winter break, 1-week reading break during the Winter Semester.

Can I work during the program?

Employment is a necessity for many students. It is a student’s responsibility to align their academic and work schedules, particularly during practicums. A student must be available for their practicum placement, which may require advanced planning and budgeting. The first term is particularly challenging as classes are compressed into a busy 10-week period, followed by a 5-week, full-time practicum.

tuition deposit

When offered a full-time seat in this program a non-refundable, non-transferable $350 tuition deposit is required. 

Every student who applies to the Youth Justice Diploma program must complete a minimum of 60 hours of paid or volunteer work, in a youth justice related setting. The purpose of this work is to help you determine whether youth justice work is the right field for you. This work should align with the following conditions:
  • Supervised, by a non-relative.
  • Work with youth.
  • Work with clients currently, or at-risk of becoming, involved with the justice system, due to behavioural, social, or emotional difficulties.   
  • Front-line service. This includes positions where you work directly with clients, participate in advocacy, participate in community organization, or assist with program development.
  • Work with clients in a social service setting is acceptable.

Work Experience Examples

Open or secure custody centre
Halfway house
Addiction treatment centre
Group home or crisis shelter
Alternate schools 
Social adjustment classes
Community centres
Boys and Girls Clubs
KidStart programs
Community police programs
Restorative justice programs
Family court counselling
Victim services units
Diversion programs

If you are unsure whether your work qualifies, please contact your Instructional Facilitator.

We encourage applicants to begin work as soon as possible, as the application to volunteer may take time, with limited hours per week.

upcoming info sessions
Tuesday 5:00 PM September 25, 2018 COQ room: #A1470 register»
Tuesday 5:00 PM October 16, 2018 COQ room: #A1470 register»
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