Loading...

Overview

The Social Service Worker program offered through the Faculty of Continuing Education (Part time Studies) has been revised. Students who began the program from September 1, 2015 onwards are required to follow the new curriculum as outlined on the Curriculum page. For current students who began the program before September 1, 2015, please contact Dedra Profitt at Dedra.Profitt@senecacollege.ca to discuss program completion requirements inquires.

The Social Service Worker Program provides students with the knowledge, skills and values required to respond to the needs of individuals, families and communities. Students learn how to recognize and address the social barriers and personal challenges that affect people's well being and success in striving for social and economic justice.

The program is practitioner oriented, preparing graduates to explore new roles in community, health, educational and institutional environments. Throughout the program, you will complete 600 hours of field placement in a variety of social settings which will integrate skills you acquired through your academic courses, assignments and research.  The program works closely with local social service agencies, to keep current, for curriculum development and field work.

Professional Social Service Worker courses are usually offered in the evenings with two components of field work which may be completed during the weekday/evening and/or weekend.

Both the Full-time Studies and the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training (FCET) programs generally cover the same academic content. Full time students wishing to take FCET courses toward their diploma are encouraged to consult with their Full-Time program coordinator to ensure that the courses for which they intend to register are equivalent to their academic program.

New students are strongly encouraged to attend an information session to find out important information about the program. Please register for one of the next available sessions below.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Social Service Worker Program find employment opportunities in youth, women's and "disabled" persons programs as well as housing, community development, rehabilitation, income maintenance and multi-cultural agencies.

As the Social Service field broadens, students are working with increased responsibility in program planning and evaluation, community resource assessment and service delivery co-ordination.

Graduates must be prepared to be flexible in applying the generic skills of social service to the changing job markets.

Accelerated Program

If you have graduated from a Canadian University or Community College where the language of instruction is English and provide us with an official transcript showing you have graduated with a diploma or degree, you may be accepted into the accelerated Social Service Worker Program, and may be exempted from the General Education requirements and College English, EAC150. Please submit your transcript AND Transfer Credit Request (Advanced Standing form) to the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that students take an English Assessment and achieve a College English level to begin the program.


Filter Classes: In Class     Online     Correspondence     Hybrid     Availability   


Curriculum

SSW101
Interpersonal Communications
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

This course is a pre-requisite for SSW201, SSW212, SWL247, SWK257

This course is an introduction to the skills required to understand and improve one's own communication style thereby enhancing one's ability to consciously and effectively relate to others. Students will be expected to demonstrate an appropriate level of competence in interpersonal communication skills and self-awareness.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SWL136
Introduction to Social Problems
Availability
 

Corequisite(s):

SSW101 (can be taken concurrently)

This course will provide an introduction to some of the major social problems in Canadian society as well as examining some global issues. Theoretical concepts will be used in understanding and analyzing these problems. The course is designed to challenge students to question the ways in which the world around them operates.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SSW102
Diversity: Awareness and Practice
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

SSW101 or Can be taken concurrently.

This course enables students to develop competence in dealing with the challenges of working in a multicultural society. Students will develop more sensitivity in interaction with clients of different cultural backgrounds. This course also helps students to develop skills in identifying and challenging racist thought and practice.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SWL147
Field Work Seminar I
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

SSW101, SWL136

This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of Social Service Work from a strength based perspective. Students are exposed to the knowledge, skills and values associated with practice in an agency setting. Ethical and legal issues in Social Work will be examined, as well as the roles and functions of Social Workers. Students will also be assisted in the process of selecting a field practicum which responds to each individual's interests and training needs, and meets the criteria established by the Seneca Social Service Worker Diploma Program.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

EAC150
College English
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

Placement via English Assessment, or successful completion of ESL934, EAP 500, or EAC149.

College English is an introductory college writing and reading course fundamental to successful college studies. Through a variety of assignments and classroom activities, students strive to develop the rhetorical and analytical skills essential to their success as communicators in college and upon graduation. Fiction and nonfiction are central vehicles for teaching writing.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SLL307
Sociology: A Practical Approach
Availability
 

To understand the social determinants of thoughts, feelings, and actions it is necessary to explore the role of social forces, that is, the role of society, social relations, social institutions, and the process of socialization in shaping human psychology and conduct. Since every individual is born into a pre-existing society, it seems reasonable that an introduction to the social sciences begins with a presentation of basic sociological concepts, theories, and principles, and how these may be applied toward an understanding of the individual's place in the social world.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

NOTE: EAC150 should be completed in Module 1, before beginning Module 2.

SSW212
The Helping Interview and Principles of Practice
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All Module 1 courses and EAC150.

Students are introduced to the micro skills of interviewing used in the empowerment based helping interviews. These will include identifying and implementing active listening skills and effective interviewing techniques and principles of practice. All interviewing is expected to follow inclusivity practice, cultural sensitivity, awareness and safety.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SWL227
Community Studies: Families in Change
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All module 1 courses.

This course provides students with a knowledge base to approach families and act as a "helping agent" as a social service worker. Various theories and practices related to the family will be explored. An historical perspective on The Canadian Family will be traced. Students will examine trends, changes, and stresses experienced in contemporary Canadian family life. Trends will include: poverty, work force, ethnicity, addictions, abuse and changing gender roles.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SSW201
Group Dynamics for Social Service Professionals
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All Module 1 courses.

This is an experiential course that will provide an introduction to the theoretical concepts necessary for understanding small groups in a social services context, the practical skills needed for being an effective group participant, and an introduction to group planning and facilitation skills.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SWL206
Human Development for Social Service Professionals
Availability
 

The course introduces the student to models of human development that will be instrumental in informing the knowledge base of their social service practice. Students will become aware of the myriad of factors - physiological, cognitive, emotional, social, cultural, and subjective - affecting human development throughout the lifespan.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SWL247
Field Work Seminar II
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All module 1 courses.

Corequisite(s):

SWK257

This seminar uses situations in supervised field work as the context for theoretical learning. The development of a professional attitude and approach is encouraged through self-awareness and the ability to relate to others with insight, empathy and understanding.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SWK257
Fieldwork
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All module 1 courses and SSW212

Corequisite(s):

SWL247

Students assume the role of a 'beginning professional' in an approved and supervised fieldwork setting. The student is expected to meet the responsibilities that are inherent in the agency employee/employer relationship as well as the learning outcomes of the Social Service Worker in the fieldwork setting. This work calls for individuals who are self-aware, reliable, sensitive and mature enough to focus on the needs and interests of others.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

1 General Education Option 1 General Education Option
SSW311
Service Coordination
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

SSW201

This course is designed to provide students with the case management skills required to coordinate and provide direct services to a variety of client populations. This includes the roles and responsibilities assumed by case managers such as information gathering, assessment, intake interviewing, service planning, case monitoring, advocacy and social change agent. In addition, students will examine such areas as stress management, time management, assertiveness and client empowerment.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SSW312
Supportive Counselling
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All Module 1 and 2 courses.

This course in the Social Service Methods series is a further development of SSW101 and SSW212. Emphasis is placed on needs assessment and intake skills, stages of the counselling process, and problem solving counselling interventions.
In SSW212, Helping Interview and Principles of Practice, students were introduced to the basic tools of direct intervention; specifically the informational and the empowerment based helping interview. In SSW312, students are introduced to the process of helping client's problem solve using the narrative approach.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SWL347
Field Work Seminar III
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All module 1 and 2 courses.

Corequisite(s):

SWK357

The fieldwork seminar has a two-fold purpose. First it gives students an opportunity to discuss their learning experiences in the field with the faculty and each other and to relate them to the academic curriculum. The second purpose is to develop professional attitudes, examine feelings about specific learning experiences, develop self-awareness, and relate to others with insight, empathy and understanding. Students will continue to develop their knowledge of the field of Social Services and begin to appreciate the implications of the worker's role in service delivery.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SWK357
Fieldwork
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All Module 2 subjects and SSW312

Corequisite(s):

SWL347

Field placement is a laboratory for students in the placement setting. The student learns the philosophy, function, procedures, strengths and limitations of a social service agency. In addition, she/he learns to become part of a service team, and learns to meet the needs of people serviced by the agency.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

1 General Education Option 1 General Education Option
SSW373
Selected Issues: Mental Health
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All level 1 and 2 courses.

This course will provide students with the basic knowledge to critically analyze factors contributing to issues of mental health; understand fundamental concepts, terminology and the range of diagnosis; understand the impact of stigma that hinders seeking help and/or access to services; learn about harm reduction strategies; and identify the existing service delivery, their gaps and overlaps for the purpose of referral. This course will also identify the strengths and resiliencies in coping and responding to mental health issues.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SWL401
Social Policy
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All Module 1 and 2 courses.

How and why social policies are developed, presented and implemented is the focus of study. Current literature and legislation will be examined and evaluated. Students will be expected to explore their own attitudes, beliefs and values in this area.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

SSW402
Community Practice
Availability
 

Prerequisite(s):

All module 1 and 2 courses.

This course will offer students a hands-on opportunity to participate in the initial stages of an ongoing community development project. It will explore why an understanding of the macro perspective is so vital to the field of social service work. The course content will present an overview of the major theories and practices pertaining to community social service work.




Loading availability...
If the availability does not load please click here.

1 General Education Option 1 General Education Option

In order to meet Seneca's breadth requirements for diploma or advanced diploma programs, students must successfully complete at least 3 general education courses toward their program, satisfying the following criteria:

Note:

If you started the Social Service Workers Program as of September 1, 2015 onwards you must complete the following course, in addition to courses identified as required to meet the Program Outcomes:

  • SWL206 Human Development for Social Service Professionals.

Program Outcomes

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Develop and maintain professional relationships which adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work
  • Identify strengths, resources, and challenges of individuals, families, groups, and communities to assist them in achieving their goals.
  • Recognize diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families, and communities to promote accessible and responsive programs and services.
  • Identify current social policy, relevant legislation, and political, social, and/or economic systems and their impacts on service delivery.
  • Advocate for appropriate access to resources to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and community partners.
  • Develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self-care, improved job performance, and enhanced work relationships.
  • Integrate social group work and group facilitation skills across a wide range of environments, supporting growth and development of individuals, families, and communities.
  • Work in communities to advocate for change strategies that promote social and economic justice and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.

Field Work

A major consideration in your decision to undertake the social service worker program should be the field work requirement of 600 hours.

Your field work will be completed in TWO 300 hour requirements (One in Module 2 and the other in Module 3).

You must register for both the Field work Seminar and the Fieldwork at the same time. (Please note when you register you must make sure that both the Field Work Seminar and Fieldwork have the same course code extension for eg. SWL347FA and SWK357FA and so on.)

Although a variety of Social Service settings are currently used for student placement, most of the placements require attendance on a weekday. Evening and weekend placements are limited. If you are not able to arrange available time during the day, field placement could become a serious problem. It is advisable to discuss this matter with the Program Coordinators prior to registering in field work courses.

Fieldwork Placements

Students are responsible for securing their own field placement and letting the field placement instructor know the name of the agency and their contact. This is done to help the student develop job search skills while in the supportive environment of the program. Success in these courses is dependent upon securing a placement by the fourth week of class. This will ensure the student's ability to meet the learning outcomes and achieve the required placement hours. If a student is unable to secure a placement by the fourth (4 th) week of class, the student will be advised to withdraw from the course to eliminate any academic penalty on the student's transcript. All fieldwork placements must be approved by the College.

Police Check

Students may be required to complete a police check for some fieldwork agencies. These often take 6-8 weeks to process.

OSAP Funding Available

This program is eligible for OSAP funding.

Course load is used by OSAP to determine funding options for programs.

If you are taking 1 - 2 courses at the same time, you may be considered for part-time student grants and loans.

  • 1 course (20%)
  • 2 courses (40%)

If you are taking 3 or more courses at the same time, you may be considered for full-time student grants and loans.

  • 3 courses (60%)
  • 4 courses (80%)
  • 5 courses (100%)

To find out if you qualify and to learn how to apply, please visit the OSAP website.

For information on other awards and financial assistance, please see Financial Aid.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Note: All professional courses are eligible for challenge through PLA except Principles of Counselling (SWL326) and Introductory Seminar (SWL147) and the second fieldwork and co-requisite seminar class (SWL347, SWK357). SWL247 & SWK257 cannot be challenged until successful completion of SWL147.

Schedule

SSW118, SSWL136 and SSW102 are offered each semester.

Fall Semester Winter Semester Summer Semester
SWL226
SWL237
SWL247
SWK257
SWL326
SWL347
SWK357
SSW402
SSW301
SSW373
SWL147
SWL226
SWL227
SWL327
SSW301
SSW373 SWL147
SWL226
SWL227
SWL237
SWL326
SWL327
SSW402

Professional Association

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

Succesful completion of the Social Service Worker Diploma program will allow students to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services.

On December 16, 1998 the government passed Bill 76, The Social Work and Social Service Work Act, 1998. This legislation established the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers in Ontario (OCSWSSW). The goal of the legislation is to protect the public by improving standards in these fields and ensuring better quality service.

The act states, "any practitioner wishing to use the title 'Social Worker/Registered Social Worker' or 'Social Service Worker/Registered Social Service Worker' must be a member of the College".

This means, that graduates of the Social Service Worker Diploma program are required, by law, to join the College after graduation if they wish to use the professional title. For more information about the College, contact OCSWSSW at: 416-972-9882 or through their website.

Graduation/Convocation

When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

Program Contacts

Marianne Tang
Part-time Program Assistant
Marianne.Tang@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22536


Dedra Profitt
Program Coordinator
Dedra.Profitt@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22826


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.