Social Service Worker

Social Service Worker (2016-2017)

How to Apply

Program Code



Program Length

Four semesters, beginning in September


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Contact Information

Lisa Morris, program co-ordinator
(full-time students)
416.675.6622 ext. 2608

Meagan Kinsella, program co-ordinator
(part-time students)
416.675.6622 ext. 2628


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,837.78
– international $14,200.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

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


  • Start DatesAvailability
    2016 SeptemberClosed
  • Start DatesAvailability
    2016 SeptemberClosed

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
• 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.

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.

Our Program

Humber’s Social Service Worker diploma program, offered on a full- and part-time basis, prepares you to work with people to help them overcome a variety of struggles. Approaching your education 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, mental health issues and substance abuse, child abuse, post-traumatic stress, and other challenging 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.

List of Courses

How to Apply

Your Career

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 – and the Ontario Social Service Worker Association (OSSWA) – visit

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) two unpaid field placements.

Your first-year placement, which begins in the winter semester, is two days per week. Your second-year fall placement runs throughout the academic year and is two days per week, with a one-week block in October and 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.


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