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Program overview
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
English

Start dates
Orillia
16,430.33 CAD
09 January 2023

Orillia
16,430.33 CAD
08 May 2023

Orillia
16,430.33 CAD
04 September 2023
Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

About this program

Social Service Worker

In this program, students are provided the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills required to effectively assume the role of a helping professional in the diverse and complex field of social services. Students are challenged to examine their beliefs and values; to develop interpersonal communication skills; and to promote values of social justice, human dignity, and equity. Students gain knowledge and skill development in interviewing, communication, and relationship building; effective membership and leadership in groups; working with families; and utilizing evidence-based decision-making. Faculty continue to be committed to a teaching and learning practice that embraces and promotes equity and inclusion, with a current emphasis on Indigenous awareness and gerontological issues. There are opportunities to engage in the community through community service learning and field placement.

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home schoolapplicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicantswho have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing.

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondaryinstitution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered foradmission.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website


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Program content

Semester 1

  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Social Service Work
  • Family Sociology for Social Service Work
  • Principles of a Helping Relationship
  • Field Placement Preparation

Semester 2

  • Case Management
  • Mental Health and Addictions in Social Service Work Practice
  • Social Welfare and Political Ideologies 42
  • Ethics, Professionalism, and Wellness in the Social Services

Semester 3

  • Diversity and Multiculturalism in Canada
  • Field Placement Seminar 1
  • Practical Techniques in the Helping Relationship
  • Community Practice in Social Service Work

Semester 4

  • Community Development: Advocacy for Social and Economic Justice
  • Consolidating Techniques in the Helping Relationship
  • Field Placement Seminar 2
  • Group Facilitation and Dynamics

Tuition

Tuition fee: $16,430.33 CAD

Qualification

Credential: Ontario College Certificate

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop respectful and collaborative professional and interpersonal relationships that adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work;
  2. Record information accurately and communicate effectively in written, digital, verbal and non-verbal ways, in adherence to privacy and freedom of information legislation, in accordance with professional and workplace standards;
  3. Integrate a practice framework within a service delivery continuum, addressing the needs of individuals, families and communities at micro, mezzo, macro and global levels, and work with them in achieving their goals;
  4. Plan and implement accessible and responsive programs and services, recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities, and meeting these needs;
  5. Examine current social policy, relevant legislation, and political, social, historical, and/or economic systems and their impacts for individuals and communities when delivering services to the user/client;
  6. Develop strategies and approaches that support individual clients, groups, families and communities in building the capacity for self-advocacy, while affirming their dignity and self-worth;
  7. Work from an anti-oppressive, strengths-based practice, recognizing the capacity for resilience and growth of individuals and communities when responding to the diverse needs of marginalized or vulnerable populations to act as allies and advocates;
  8. Develop strategies and approaches to implement and maintain holistic self-care as a member of a human service profession;
  9. Work with individuals, groups, families and their communities to ensure that service provider strategies promote social and economic justice, and challenge patterns of oppression, discrimination and harassment, and sexual violence with clients, coworkers and communities;
  10. Develop the capacity to work with the Indigenous individual, families, groups and communities while respecting their inherent rights to self-determine, and to identify and address systemic barriers that produce ill-effects, developing appropriate responses using approaches such as trauma informed care practice;
  11. Employ environmental sustainable practices within the profession;
  12. Develop social entrepreneur skills to foster positive social change in the community.

Career paths

Graduates gain an understanding of the values and ethics that lead to the empowerment of individuals and communities, and they also meet the educational requirements for registration as a Social Service Worker in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Employment opportunities are affiliated with community mental health, government, and non-profit agencies. Primary career categories include programs serving children and families, community shelters, mental health and disability services, employment resources, seniors programs, housing, and education services.

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Georgian College

Established in 1967, Georgian College (Canada) is a public college with 125+ market-driven programs offered to over 13,000 full time students including about 4,500 international students from 60 countries. Its 100-acre flagship campus, located in Barrie, is just an hour...


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Contact info

Georgian College Applied Arts and Technology

1 Georgian Drive
L4M 3X9 Barrie Ontario
Canada

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www.georgiancollege.ca


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