Humber’s Social Service Worker diploma program prepares you to work with people in a professional helping role. Approaching your education from an individual and a community perspective, you will learn how to empower people to meet their goals and to access needed services and programs.
Our curriculum is updated frequently to ensure that what you are learning is current and relevant. Skilled, committed faculty with real-life work experience in the human services field teach with a focus on promoting equity and addressing barriers people face on the basis of race, class, disabilities, gender or sexual orientation.
You will study topics such as human behaviour and development; interpersonal, interviewing and counselling skills; family dynamics; legislation and social policy; and how to work effectively with groups and communities. In your field placements, you will gain experience in at least two different types of human service agencies, where you will have supervised contact with clients. You will develop the skills needed to intervene in crisis situations and to work with a broad range of people including those experiencing poverty, settlement challenges, domestic violence, mental health issues and substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and other challenging life events.
How will Courses be Delivered?
Courses will be taught at the Humber Lakeshore Campus on evenings, weekends and during intensive Summer Institutes with course work condensed into five or six days. Select courses are also delivered at the Humber North Campus. Some courses will be available online or onsite at your agency. Any agency with 20 or more staff who are interested in the program may arrange for courses to be delivered onsite. In addition to inclass courses, students are require to complete 3 work placements. Should a student already have prior experience in the Human Services field, they may be eligible for prior learning credits.
Do you have experience in the field of Human Services already?
The program recognizes that professionals who have been working in the field have tremendous knowledge for which they may be eligible to gain credit. To learn more visit PLAR.
Prepare for work in women’s shelters, community centres, refugee centres, youth employment agencies, hostels, drop-in centres for homeless people, other social assistance agencies, group homes and with clients who have psychiatric issues, developmental delays or disabilities, and in agencies in the justice system.
Gain skills needed to become a case manager, intake worker, residential counsellor, community/family support worker, mental health or outreach worker.
Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition
Graduates may apply for membership in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW) – visit ocswssw.org – and the Ontario Social Service Worker Association (OSSWA) – visit osswa.ca.
Additional requirements may apply.
Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
The advisory committee is comprised of people with extensive experience in the social service work profession, representing a variety of settings that employ Social Service Worker graduates. Many are members of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Social Services Workers.
Humber has successful partnerships with an extensive list of agencies that provide placements and/or employment opportunities for students/graduates: The Canadian Mental Health Association – Court Support, Victim Services of Peel, Bayview Community Services, Toronto Bail Program, Toronto Association for Community Living, LAMP, Probation and Parole, and Native Child and Family Services.
To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
- Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
- Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C,M or U courses in addition to those listed above
- Mature student status
- College or university transfer status
All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.
Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.
- Throughout the program, employers who provide field placement opportunities may require students to undergo a vulnerable sector check for criminal offences.
- Mandatory bonding is a requirement for some sectors of the corrections field.
It is important for potential students to understand that the requirements noted above are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program including the field placement component and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program.
Note: A vulnerable sector check will be requested during your program of study. In respect of the 90-day limit on validity of checks and the types of checks required by various agencies, please do not attain a vulnerable sector check prior to being accepted to the program. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.
How do I Apply?
Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.