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Social Service Diploma

North Island College
Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate
15,750 CAD
Start dates
British Columbia
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)
September 2022  (English)
North Island College

Program description

Social Service Diploma

Gain insight into social justice to support and empower individuals, families and communities. Community-based partnerships and research opportunities support you to develop an understanding of current and emerging areas of best-practice. You will also take part in workplace practicums to gain hands-on experience in the social service field while also building your professional network.

Admission requirements

  1. C+ in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098, ESL-090, or equivalent; or English assessment.
  2. Completed 20 hours volunteer work and HSW Professional Reference Form.
  3. SignedHuman Services Requisite Skills and Abilities document.
  4. 300 word HSW Letter of Intentfor coming into the program and career goals.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Essay Writing and Critical Analysis or Essay Writing and Indigenous Perspective
  • Foundations of Social Service Practice
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Social Welfare in Canada
  • Advanced Interpersonal Skills
  • Human Development from Conception through Childhood
  • Human Development from Adolescence through Adulthood
  • Social Services Practice Experience I

Year 2

  • Family Relationships
  • Conflict Management
  • Program Planning, Development and Implementation
  • Introduction to Group Work Practice
  • Self Care in Human Services
  • Law and Social Services
  • Social Work Practice in Mental Health and Addictions
  • Contemporary Perspectives on Substance Abuse
  • Community Development
  • or any 200 level SSW courses


  • Advanced Practice Experience: Social Services

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for domestic students for year 1 is $3525; year 2 is $3525. The price for International students for year 1 is $15750; year 2 is $15750.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you will be qualified to work with individuals accessing services from agencies in areas such as financial assistance, family support, employment, life-skills acquisition, services to women, youth justice, mental health, substance abuse and a variety of other community-based programs.

Job titles may include, but would not be limited to, family support worker, outreach worker, transition house counsellor, employment counsellor, addictions support worker, youth worker, community development worker, crisis intervention counsellor and mental health worker.

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About this institute

North Island College

North Island College

Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, West Coast of Canada, North Island College is a small public college which offers many programs including certificates, diplomas, a degree in business, and post degree diplomas. Areas of study include university transfer in the...

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Contact info

North Island College

2300 Ryan Rd
V9N 8N6 Courtenay BC

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