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Social Service Worker

Social Service Worker

Program Code:SSW
Campus:King, Seneca@York, Yorkgate
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Offered:Fall
Winter
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The Social Service Worker program provides you with the knowledge and skills required to make a meaningful contribution in the human service field. You will be challenged to examine your own beliefs and values, develop interpersonal communication skills and promote social justice, human dignity and equity. Your success in this program will be measured by both your ability to grow and change and your academic performance.

Your studies will include: interviewing; counselling and relationship-building capabilities; effective membership and leadership in group settings; working with families; the creation and maintenance of helping relationships; and practice in such specialized areas as case management, community development and social policy.

Upon graduation, you'll have a deep understanding of social justice and anti-oppression principles. You'll also possess a comprehensive set of human service skills which are transferable to a wide range of settings. You'll benefit from group interaction, as well as independent problem solving and research. Your experiences will include a variety of classroom, seminar and experiential modalities that integrate field placement experience with theoretical knowledge. You will have the opportunity to explore roles in community, health, education and institutional environments. Field work will allow you to experience the industry and better prepare for employment.

Provincial Registration

In order to practice in Ontario as a "Social Service Worker" or a "Registered Social Service Worker", graduates must apply for registration in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Graduates of the SSW program will meet the education requirement for registration. For more information, please visit ocswssw.org.

Field Work

Field work provides you with a valuable opportunity to apply your learnings to the workplace. In order to be eligible for field work, you'll be required to meet the criteria as set out in the "Social Service Worker Program Student Code of Conduct". You will assume the role of a 'beginning professional' in a supervised field placement setting, working within an employer-employee relationship.

You'll benefit from supervision and have specified hours, duties and accountabilities to both the College and agency representative. Field work is a mutually agreed contract for which you'll be evaluated by the field placement supervisor. The minimum commitment is the successful completion of specific periods as set out in the Field Placement Student Contract.

These periods are typically:

  • The equivalent of two full days per week in semesters two, three and four
  • Full week block placements as scheduled throughout the program duration.

The Social Service Worker program subjects are lecture and tutorial-based, utilizing assigned texts; some are practice-oriented, stressing interpersonal skills and group dynamics. Students can expect to spend 20 to 25 hours each week on assignments, as well as two days per week in field placement.

Please note that individuals considering the Social Service Worker program should carefully evaluate their reasons for entering this field. The work calls for a person mature enough to examine his/her own values and beliefs while focusing upon the needs of vulnerable populations.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Prior To Field Placement:

  • A current Police Vulnerable Sector screening:
    • Applicants living in the city of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8-12 weeks to receive a Police Check.

Fees

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Your Career

Learn the broad skills of social service work and use them to plan and evaluate programs, assess community resources and coordinate service delivery for people in need. Your studies may lead you to employment in youth, women's, and 'disabled' persons' programs, as well as in housing, community development, rehabilitation, mental health and many other settings. Our Social Service Worker diploma program will prepare you for a rewarding career in human services.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
SLL307 Sociology: A Practical Approach
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications
SSW102 Diversity: Awareness and Practice
SWL136 Introduction to Social Problems
SWL147 Field Work Seminar I
 
Semester 2
SSW201 Group Dynamics for Social Service Professionals
SWL206 Human Development for Social Service Professionals
SSW212 The Helping Interview and Principles of Practice
SWL227 Community Studies: Families in Change
SWL247 Field Work Seminar II
SWL257 Field Work
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
SSW311 Case Co-ordination and Advocacy Strategies
SSW312 Supportive Counselling
SWL347 Field Work Seminar III
SWL357 Field Placement
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
SSW402 Community Practice
SWL401 Social Policy
SWL447 Integrative Seminar
SWL457 Field Practice
plus: General Education Course
 
Professional Options
BHS204 Autism and Developmental Disabilities
CYW376 Human Sexuality
CYW377 Impact of Social Networking
SSW370 Ethics and the Law for Social Service Workers
SSW371 Selected Issues: Intimate Partner Abuse and Violence
SSW372 Selected Issues: Addictions
SSW373 Selected Issues: Mental Health
SSW374 Selected Issues: Child Welfare

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
SLL307 Sociology: A Practical Approach
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications
SSW102 Diversity: Awareness and Practice
SWL136 Introduction to Social Problems
SWL147 Field Work Seminar I
 
Semester 2
SSW201 Group Dynamics for Social Service Professionals
SWL206 Human Development for Social Service Professionals
SSW212 The Helping Interview and Principles of Practice
SWL227 Community Studies: Families in Change
SWL247 Field Work Seminar II
SWL257 Field Work
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
SSW311 Case Co-ordination and Advocacy Strategies
SSW312 Supportive Counselling
SWL347 Field Work Seminar III
SWL357 Field Placement
plus: Professional Option Course
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
SSW402 Community Practice
SWL401 Social Policy
SWL447 Integrative Seminar
SWL457 Field Practice
plus: General Education Course
 
Professional Options
BHS204 Autism and Developmental Disabilities
CYW376 Human Sexuality
CYW377 Impact of Social Networking
SSW370 Ethics and the Law for Social Service Workers
SSW371 Selected Issues: Intimate Partner Abuse and Violence
SSW372 Selected Issues: Addictions
SSW373 Selected Issues: Mental Health
SSW374 Selected Issues: Child Welfare

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
SLL307 Sociology: A Practical Approach 3
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications 3
SSW102 Diversity: Awareness and Practice 3
SWL136 Introduction to Social Problems 3
SWL147 Field Work Seminar I 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
SSW201 Group Dynamics for Social Service Professionals 3
SWL206 Human Development for Social Service Professionals 3
SSW212 The Helping Interview and Principles of Practice 3
SWL227 Community Studies: Families in Change 3
SWL247 Field Work Seminar II 2
SWL257 Field Work (2 days per week) 14
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
SSW311 Case Co-ordination and Advocacy Strategies 3
SSW312 Supportive Counselling 3
SWL347 Field Work Seminar III 3
SWL357 Field Placement 14
XXXXXX Professional Option 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
SSW402 Community Practice 3
SWL401 Social Policy 3
SWL447 Integrative Seminar 2
SWL457 Field Practice 14
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Professional Options
BHS204 Autism and Developmental Disabilities 3
CYW376 Human Sexuality 3
CYW377 Impact of Social Networking 3
SSW370 Ethics and the Law for Social Service Workers 3
SSW371 Selected Issues: Intimate Partner Abuse and Violence 3
SSW372 Selected Issues: Addictions 3
SSW373 Selected Issues: Mental Health 3
SSW374 Selected Issues: Child Welfare 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor (Seneca@York): Cindy Cyrus
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22806
Cindy.Cyrus@senecacollege.ca
Domestic Admissions Advisor (King): Bridget Devries
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55180
Bridget.Devries@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Lerna Francisco
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Lerna.Francisco@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisors:
Seneca@York Campus: Vernette Fulgence
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 44752
Vernette.Fulgence@senecacollege.ca
King Campus: Bridget Devries
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55180
Bridget.Devries@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor (Yorkgate & Seneca@York): Indira Hansraj
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 44739
Indira.Hansraj@senecacollege.ca
Program Coordinator (Seneca@York): David Sernick
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55273
David.Sernick@senecacollege.ca
Program Coordinator (King): Kevin Kennedy
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55389
Kevin.Kennedy@senecacollege.ca
Program Coordinator (Yorkgate): Tanya Shute
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33656
Tanya.Shute@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Biljana Bruce
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55002
Biljana.Bruce@senecacollege.ca
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