2014/15 Program

Social Service Worker

Our Program

Humber’s Social Service Worker diploma program consistently receives excellent ratings from students, graduates and employers alike. Program faculty effectively deliver social services work education and successfully prepare students to work with people experiencing distressing events – both from an individual perspective, and in a way that examines society’s contribution to these crises. Students are taught how to help people assert their rights and meet their responsibilities in ways that empower them.

The curriculum is updated frequently to ensure that content is current and relevant. Skilled, committed faculty with real-life work experience in the human services field deliver social services worker training with a special focus on promoting equality to address disadvantages people face on the basis of race, disabilities, gender, or sexual orientation.

Course content also includes: human behaviour and development, improving communication, interviewing and counselling skills, and how to work with groups and communities so they can better support their members. Field placement lets students participate in at least two different types of human service agencies where they have supervised contact with clients. Graduates are able to intervene in crisis situations, and to work with a broad range of people including those experiencing domestic violence, alcoholism and drug abuse, child abuse, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress, and shock due to traumatic life events.

Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about this program. For dates, call 416.675.6622 ext. 3484.

Your Career

Career opportunities exist within Children’s Aid Societies, community centres, refugee centres, youth employment agencies, hostels, drop-in centres for homeless people, other social assistance agencies, group homes, and agencies with clients who have psychiatric issues, developmental delays or disabilities, as well as agencies in the field of corrections.

Graduates may secure employment in the capacity of intake workers, case managers, residential counsellors, community/family support workers, mental health or outreach workers.

Work Placement

Three unpaid field placements are decided upon by the school in consultation with the student.

First-year placement in the winter semester: two days per week. Second-year fall placement: two days per week, with a one-week block in October. Second-year winter placement: two days per week, with a one-week block in March.

Our Industry Partnerships

Humber has successful partnerships with an extensive list of agencies that provide placements and/or employment opportunities for students/graduates: 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.

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.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Graduates may apply for membership in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers – ocswssw.org and the Ontario Social Service Worker Association – osswa.ca.

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. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application
  • Minimum of 40 hours of secondary school co-op, volunteer or paid work experience completed in a social services agency
  • Submission of one reference completed by a person who supervised your co-op, volunteer or paid work experience. A reference form will be provided to you.
  • If you still need to complete your 40 hours, you can locate a social service agency in the Toronto area through www.211toronto.ca

Note: For further information, refer to the Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Additional Requirements

Employers who provide field placement opportunities may require students to undergo a police record check for criminal offences, and 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 police record check will be requested during your program of study. In respect of the 90-day limit on validity of record checks and the types of checks required by the various agencies, please do not attain a police record 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.


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,644.56
• international $13,900.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

$400 – supplies (per semester), transportation costs to and from field placement (vary).

Alternative Course of Study

The Social Service Worker diploma program is also offered on a part-time basis, through continuing education courses in the evening/on weekends.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 100 College Reading and Writing Skills
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
SSW 101 Urban Sociology
SSW 102 Human Growth and Behaviour
SSW 103 Orientation to Human Services
SSW 104 Interpersonal Skills
SSW 105 Field Practice Orientation

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 200 Workplace Writing Skills
SSW 152 Group Work Skills
SSW 153 Interviewing Skills 1
SSW 150 Field Practice 1
SSW 154 Family Dynamics
SSW 151 Integrative Seminar 1
SSW 155 Cross-Cultural Skills

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
SSW 202 Political Process
SSW 203 Special Needs Populations
SSW 201 Integrative Seminar 2
SSW 204 Interviewing Skills 2
SSW 200 Field Practice 2
SSW 205 Community Development

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
SSW 253 Current Social Policy Issues
SSW 252 Agency Administration and Fundraising
SSW 254 Legislation in Human Services
SSW 403 Integrative Seminar 3
SSW 255 Case Management: Advocacy
SSW 410 Field Practice 3