Social Service Worker

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Field placement opportunity in community agency setting.

Overview

This program will give you the knowledge and skills you need to enter this rewarding career field. Learn skills and methods that will prepare you to work in different settings and challenging situations. Themes include social justice, empowerment of marginalized citizens and ethics. You will also be introduced to Indigenous history and culture through the Canada's First Peoples Course. Graduates can go on to work with individuals or groups in a variety of community settings.

Your Future Career

  • Residential facilities
  • Children’s programs and services
  • Programs and services for youth
  • Mental health and developmental services
  • Transition houses and shelters

What You Learn

  • Trauma informed practice and crisis intervention
  • Human development
  • Group dynamics
  • Substance abuse training
  • Canada's First Peoples
  • Ethics
  • Methods for dealing with personal violence 

Note: Graduates may apply to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Academic Upgrading

Intake: September Start
Semester 1 - Fall
CMM125 College Communication I
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples
HSP105 Interviewing & Helping Skills I
PSY200 Lifespan Development
SOC100 Foundations of Sociology
GENED General Education Elective - Online (SSW Sem 1)
SSW101 Introduction to Social Service Work Practice I
Semester 2 - Winter
ENG200 Creative Writing
SSW104 Introduction to Social Service Work Practice II
HSP160 Interviewing & Helping Skills II
HUM219 Group Work
SSW103 SSW Methods: Community Organization
HSP155 Family Dynamics
HSP165 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Semester 3 - Fall
SSW296 Introduction to Gerontology
SSW290 Trauma Informed Practice and Crisis Intervention
GENED General Education Elective - Online (SSW Sem 3)
SSW225 SSW Methods of Intervention
SSW238 SSW Methods: Intimate Personal Violence
SSW294 Accountable Professional
SSW292 Fieldwork Preparation
Semester 4 - Winter
SSW293 Fieldwork Integration (1st 7 weeks)
SSW295 Fieldwork Placement

Intake: January Start
Semester 1 - Winter
CMM125 College Communication I
CLT100 Canada's First Peoples
HSP105 Interviewing & Helping Skills I
PSY200 Lifespan Development
SOC100 Foundations of Sociology
GENED General Education Elective - Online (SSW Sem 1)
SSW101 Introduction to Social Service Work Practice I
Semester 2 - Fall
ENG200 Creative Writing
SSW104 Introduction to Social Service Work Practice II
SSW103 SSW Methods: Community Organization
HSP160 Interviewing & Helping Skills II
HUM219 Group Work
HSP155 Family Dynamics
HSP165 Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Semester 3 - Winter
SSW296 Introduction to Gerontology
SSW290 Trauma Informed Practice and Crisis Intervention
GENED General Education Elective - Online (SSW Sem 3)
SSW225 SSW Methods of Intervention
SSW238 SSW Methods: Intimate Personal Violence
SSW294 Accountable Professional
SSW292 Fieldwork Preparation
Semester 4 - Fall
SSW293 Fieldwork Integration (1st 7 weeks)
SSW295 Fieldwork Placement

Ancillary fees have been reviewed as a result of COVID-19 and alternative service and program delivery plans. For current ancillary fees details please see https://www.canadorecollege.ca/get-started/money/fees-and-expenses

2020-2021 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $1234.09 $70 - $4024.33
2 $2720.24 $1094.09 - - $3814.33

2020-2021 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $12795.66 $1813.09 $70 - $14678.75
2 $12795.66 $1673.09 - - $14468.75

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 


You will also need:

  • First Aid / CPR (2nd year) - apx. $80.00
  • CPIC (2nd year) - apx. $25.00
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC) - apx. $20.00 - $45.00
  • Business Casual Clothing (2nd year) - up to $100.00
  • Clearance Card (2nd year) - $35.00

Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit https://www.canadorecollege.ca/BYOD

Ontario College Diploma
Students can apply to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

View Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

View course outlines

Business Management – 8 months to complete
Human Resources Management – 8 months to complete
Mental Health and Addiction Worker (Intensive) – 10 months (condensed) to complete
Project Management – Information Technology – 8 months to complete
Recreation and Leisure Services (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Recreation Therapy (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete
Strength and Sport Conditioning (Fast Track) – 8 months to complete

*Social Service Worker and Social Service Worker – Gerontology students can earn a second credential in 8 months into either program.

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