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Youth Justice

The Youth Justice Program is a unique offering in British Columbia. Designed to prepare graduates to effectively assist at-risk youth, and youth in the justice system, program courses integrate theory with practical skills. The two-year diploma program blends the expertise of faculty in the Department of Child and Youth Care Counseling, the Department of Criminology, and the Department of Youth Justice. Courses focus on behaviour theory, public policy, skill development, and professional practice, as they relate to youth, and the youth justice system. Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge during two practicums, where they develop a realistic awareness of professional roles.

Graduates of our program have quickly found employment in a wide range of careers working within the youth justice community. Opportunities span community, policing, and Crown based settings: Restorative Justice, youth crime prevention, substance-abuse treatment, youth support, Aboriginal Youth services, youth custody, court-ordered programs, anti-bullying programs and others. Moreover, once your diploma is completed, you may also apply the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care Counselor (BA CYC) degree at Douglas College with minimal upgrading or bridging.

Program highlights

  • Hiring rate for graduates is high
  • Unique combination of expert instructors from Criminology and Child and Youth Care programs
  • Gain valuable real-world experience in worksite learning placements
  • Excellent future education options to advance your career

Please visit the Program and Course Catalogue for the following information:

Useful Resources

Application Supplement and Work Experience Form (PDF) for admission

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