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Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate
Start dates
Abbotsford
September 2020

Abbotsford
September 2021

Abbotsford
September 2022
Courses from University of the Fraser Valley

Program description

Social Services

UFV's two-year Social Services diploma prepares you to work at the para-professional level in the human services field.

You establish a strong foundation of professional practice in areas of addiction, child welfare, community services, corrections, family and home support services, immigration and refugee services, Indigenous services, mental health, residential care, schools, and social assistance. Two 13- to 15-week practice allow you to develop job-ready skills and connect to social service agencies and community groups in your local area.

You may pursue the Social Services diploma full- or part-time. 

Admission requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent (ABE Provincial, Advanced, or GED), or satisfactory demonstration in terms of undertaking university-level work.
  • Be physically and emotionally prepared to undertake a program of studies.
  • Prerequisites for CMNS 125 or ENGL 105.
  • Complete and include all documentation.

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Program content

Core courses include: 

Semester I

  • Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences
  • Academic Writing
  • Interpersonal Communications for Human Services
  • Pre-Placement Seminar I
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Introduction to Social Work and Human Services
  • Human Behaviour and the Social Environment

Semester II

  • Practicum I (two days per week)
  • Introduction to Psychology I
  • Introduction to Psychology II

Semester III

  • Pre-Placement Seminar II (online)

Semester IV

  • Counselling Skills
  • Practicum II (two days per week)
  • Introduction to Social Work Practice with Families

Semester V

  • Professional Report Writing
  • Introduction to Social Welfare
  • Introduction to Mental Health and Substance Use

Tuition fees

For information about tuition fees, please visit the program webpage. 

Qualification

Continuing studies

Upon graduation you have earned direct employment-related skills and are well-positioned to carry on your studies towards a Bachelor of Social Work at UFV. Or you may opt to seek employment as an Indigenous social service worker before or while you complete your professional degree.

Career opportunities

The British Columbia 2025 Labor Market Outlook identifies social work as a high opportunity occupation with excellent projected employment rate.

Upon completion of your Social Services diploma, you can choose from a wide range of careers at the para-professional level, including addictions, child welfare, community services, corrections, family and home support services, immigration and refugee services, Indigenous services, mental health, residential care, schools, and social assistance.

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About this institute

University of the Fraser Valley

University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is an accredited public Canadian university which serves 15,000 students, 1,900 of which are international students. UFV offers 16 bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees, and over 100 certificates and diploma programs in areas...


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Contact info

University of the Fraser Valley

33844 King Road
V2S 7M8 Abbotsford British Columbia
Canada

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