Social Service Worker

2 years Ontario College Diploma

Field placement opportunity in community agency setting.

Overview

Upcoming Intakes:

Fall 2021: College Drive – North Bay

Winter 2022: College Drive – North Bay


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
  • Social Service departments
  • Addictions and mental health services
  • Schools and youth services
  • Community health and resource centres
  • Transition houses and shelters

What You Learn

  • Trauma informed practice and crisis intervention
  • Human development
  • Effective leadership in group settings
  • Substance abuse training
  • Canada's First Peoples
  • Client interviews and assessment
  • 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
CMM 125 College Communication I
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples
HSP 105 Interviewing & Helping Skills I
PSY 200 Lifespan Development
SOC 100 Foundations of Sociology
GENED General Education Elective (SSW Sem 1)
SSW 101 Introduction to Social Service Wo
Semester 2 - Winter
ENG 200 Creative Writing
SSW 104 Introduction to Social Service Wo
HSP 160 Interviewing & Helping Skills II
SSW 165 Mental Health and Addictions
HUM 219 Group Work
SSW 103 SSW Methods: Community Orga
HSP 155 Family Dynamics
Semester 3 - Fall
SSW 296 Introduction to Gerontology
SSW 290 Trauma Informed Practice and C
GENED General Education Elective (SSW Sem 3)
SSW 225 SSW Methods of Intervention
SSW 238 SSW Methods: Intimate Persona
SSW 294 Accountable Professional
SSW 292 Fieldwork Preparation
Semester 4 - Winter
SSW 293 Fieldwork Integration
SSW 295 Fieldwork Placement

Intake: January Start
Semester 1 - Winter
CMM 125 College Communication I
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples
HSP 105 Interviewing & Helping Skills I
PSY 200 Lifespan Development
SOC 100 Foundations of Sociology
GENED General Education Elective - Online (SSW Sem 1)
SSW 101 Introduction to Social Service Work Prac
Semester 2 - Fall
ENG 200 Creative Writing
SSW 104 Introduction to Social Service Work Practice
SSW 103 SSW Methods: Community Organization
HSP 160 Interviewing & Helping Skills II
SSW 165 Mental Health and Addictions
HUM 219 Group Work
HSP 155 Family Dynamics
Semester 3 - Winter
SSW 296 Introduction to Gerontology
SSW 290 Trauma Informed Practice and Crisis Int
GENED General Education Elective - Online (SSW Sem 3)
SSW 225 SSW Methods of Intervention
SSW 238 SSW Methods: Intimate Personal Violen
SSW 294 Accountable Professional
SSW 292 Fieldwork Preparation
Semester 4 - Fall
SSW 293 Fieldwork Integration
SSW 295 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

2021-2022 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $2720.24 $908 $70 - $3698.24
2 $2720.24 $758 - - $3478.24

2021-2022 2 years Ontario College Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $13179.52 $1488 $70 - $14737.52
2 $13179.52 $1338 - - $14517.52

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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