Social Service Worker (2015/16 Program)

Credential: 
Program Code: 
01221
Banner Program Code: 
SSW_D
Program Length: 

Four semesters, beginning in September

Contact Information: 

Linda Hill
Program co-ordinator
(full-time stream)
416.675.6622 ext. 3255
linda.hill@humber.ca

Lisa Morris
Program co-ordinator
(part-time stream)
416.675.6622 ext. 2608
lisa.morris@humber.ca

communityservices.humber.ca

Admission Requirements

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

or

Mature student status

or

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.

Additional Requirements

• Employers who provide field placement opportunities may require students to undergo a police record 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 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 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.

Fees/Scholarships

The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters was
– 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).

Our Program

Humber’s Social Service Worker diploma program, offered on a full- and part-time basis, prepares you to work with people experiencing distressing events. Approaching your education from both from an individual and a community perspective, you’ll be taught how to empower people to assert their rights and meet their responsibilities in effective and successful ways.

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 equality, addressing the disadvantages people face on the basis of race, disabilities, gender or sexual orientation.

You will also learn about 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. 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 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

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.

Work Placement

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.

List of Courses
Semester 1
Course Code Course Name
SSW 101 Urban Sociology
SSW 102 Human Growth and Behaviour
SSW 103 Orientation to Human Services
SSW 108 Interpersonal and Group Skills
SSW 153 Interviewing Skills 1
WRIT 100 College Reading and Writing Skills
Semester 2
Course Code Course Name
SSW 154 Family Dynamics
SSW 155 Cross-Cultural Skills
SSW 157 Field Practice and Seminar 1
SSW 210 Interviewing Skills 2
SSW 255 Case Management: Advocacy
WRIT 200 Workplace Writing Skills
Semester 3
Course Code Course Name
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
SSW 208 Political Process
SSW 209 Special Needs Populations
SSW 212 Community Development
SSW 213 Crisis Intervention and Trauma
SSW 257 Field Practice and Seminar 2
Semester 4
Course Code Course Name
SSW 252 Agency Administration and Fundraising
SSW 254 Legislation in Human Services
SSW 258 Independent Study
SSW 259 Special Topics in Social Service Work
SSW 267 Field Practice and Seminar 3
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective