Our graduates work with Children’s Aid Societies, community centres, refugee centres, youth employment agencies, hostels, drop-in centres for homeless people, other social assistance agencies, group homes, with clients who have psychiatric issues, developmental delays or disabilities, and in agencies in the justice system.
You may 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.
Our Industry Partnerships
Humber has successful partnerships with an extensive list of agencies that provide placements and/or employment opportunities for our students and graduates, including 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.
Our program 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 College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers.
We will co-ordinate (in consultation with you) three unpaid field placements.
Your first-year placement, which begins in the winter semester, is two days per week. Your second-year fall placement is two days per week, with a one-week block in October. Your second-year winter placement is two days per week, with a one-week block in March.
Alternative Course of Study
The Social Service Worker diploma program is also offered on a part-time basis, in the evening/on weekends. The part-time stream of the program is geared to people who have been working in the field of social work who want to attain their diploma, as well as to people looking for a career change who wish to enter the health and/or human services field.
Completion time is dependent upon how many course(s) a student is able to take each semester. Most students will be able to complete this diploma (on a part-time basis) within two to three years.
Your Future Study Options
Social Service Worker program graduates may be granted exemption from COUN 1000 Interpersonal Communications and SOCI 1800 Diversity and Social Inclusion 1, and COUN 1100 Fundamentals of Counselling in our Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program 22231.
Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit humber.ca/transferoptions for detailed information.