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Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services + Social Service Worker Diploma

University of Guelph
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services + Social Service Worker Diploma

Explore current social issues and understand the challenges faced by vulnerable populations so you can learn how to deliver impactful services, such as counselling, mediation and crisis intervention.

Courses in your first year focus on understanding human behaviour and issues related to individuals, families and groups. In your second year, you will engage in theoretical and practical studies in counselling, ethical and professional issues, and working with various vulnerable populations.

Build strong clinical skills that exceed the industry standard for undergraduate education. Learn basic communication competencies to more in-depth therapeutic interventions for individual, group and family counselling. You will practise interviewing, counselling, crisis intervention, mediation and conflict resolution. By recording the sessions, you can analyze your techniques to help you learn to communicate and support people more effectively.

In your upper years, you will work with diverse groups and learn theory and techniques in family therapy, case management and social work practice. Graduate with important skills in social work—how to listen, how to support someone, understanding boundaries, professionalism, cultural awareness, compassion, global citizenship and self-care. Apply to be registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as a Social Service Worker in your final semester.

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Admission requirements

To be considered for admission, an Ontario high school applicant must be completing or have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and be completing six 4U/M courses, including the subject requirements. These will be used to calculate your admission average.

For more information about admission requirements for high school applicants from Ontario and outside of Ontario, transfer applicant or international applicant, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Semester 1 (F)

  • English 1: Reading and Writing Effectively
  • The Political Process and Social Work
  • Social Work in Canada
  • General Elective

One of:

  • Introduction to Psychology: Dynamics
  • Principles of Sociology

Semester 2 (W)

  • Issues in Advocacy and Social Justice
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Couple and Family Dynamics
  • Social Issues and Social Environments
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills

Semester 3 (F)

  • Counselling I: Theory and Practice
  • Working with High Risk Populations
  • Introduction to Field Practicum
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Research Methods for Social Science

Semester 4 (W)

  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Human Services
  • Supporting Families: Research and Applications
  • Foundation Practicum*
  • Group Work: Theory and Practice
  • General Elective

Semester 5 (F)

  • Working with Communities
  • Social Work Practice with Older Adults
  • Intermediate Practicum I
  • Quantitative Methods for Social Science

Semester 6 (W)

  • Intermediate Practicum II
  • Counselling II: Theory and Practice
  • Developing a Culturally Sensitive Practice
  • Crisis Intervention: Theory and Practice

Semester 7 (F)

  • Family Theory and Therapy
  • Agency Administration and Community Relations
  • Advanced Practicum I
  • Social Work and the Law

Semester 8 (F)

  • Advanced Practicum II
  • Empowerment-Oriented Case Management
  • Family Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • General Elective

*This is a pass/fail course.

Please note that curriculum and course sequencing is subject to change.

Scholarships & funding

We offer several scholarships, for more information please visit our website.

Tuition fees

International fees - $30,500- $42,200CAD


Degree + Diploma

Continuing studies

Further Education

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Arts in Critical Disability Studies
  • Law School
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy & Administration
  • Postgraduate certificate in Mental Health & Addictions
  • Master of Arts in Clinical & Counselling Psychology

Career opportunities

Sample Careers

  • Addictions Coordinator
  • Case Manager
  • Community Support Worker
  • Community Youth Worker
  • Crisis Counsellor
  • Family and Community Mediator
  • Family Support Coordinator
  • Hospice Support Worker
  • Intensive Behaviour Therapist
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Parole Officer
  • Social Service Coordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Youth Residential Worker

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University of Guelph

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University of Guelph

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N1G 2W1 Guelph Ontario

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