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Social Service Worker - Gerontology

Social Service Worker - Gerontology

Program Code:SSWG
Campus:King
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Offered:Fall
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The Social Service Worker – Gerontology program integrates the knowledge base, professional values and skill-sets of social service work with a specific concentration on the needs, challenges and concerns of Canada's aging population. The program focuses on a holistic and strength-based approach to help aging clients maintain a good quality of life. As a student, you will have the opportunity to develop skills such as program planning; individual and group modes of facilitation; interventions with clients, their families and significant others; case management; interpersonal communication and skills related to working with bereavement and grief. You will also benefit from a very substantial fieldwork placement component, which starts in the second semester and runs through the third and fourth semesters.

Your studies in the Social Service Worker – Gerontology program include opportunities to engage in personal change and growth, to work cohesively as a member of a team, to integrate and apply professional ethics, to meet deadlines, to manage personal issues that might arise and to successfully achieve the learning outcomes of the various subjects. The College offers a variety of supports to assist you in this self– directed learning environment where you are ultimately responsible for your personal success. Be prepared to spend 20 or more hours each week working on assignments, etc.

Graduates tell us important factors for success in SSWG are: study skills, time management, class attendance and participation, taking personal responsibility for the outcomes of one's actions, minimizing the number of hours that might be occupied by part-time employment and the ability to deal constructively with the stresses of a busy life.

Field Work

Field work is a valuable opportunity to gain work experience while meeting the learning outcomes of the SSWG program. You will work in a professional capacity, with specified job responsibilities, record keeping evaluations, time management requirements, contracted hours of work, expectations of teamwork and appropriate interpersonal interaction. You will be evaluated on the basis of an approved three–part learning contract as agreed by you, the approved fieldwork agency and the Seneca SSWG program.

Fieldwork days 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.

Students typically have one placement at a residential setting and one placement at a community agency which provides services to seniors.

A Seneca professor will assist you in the selection and approval of a fieldwork placement, though the final contract will be your responsibility. This experience will help you develop job-search skills while in the supportive environment of the program. All fieldwork placements must be approved by the college.

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 SSWG program will meet the education requirement for registration. For more information, please visit ocswssw.org.

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.
    • A flu shot and TB test are required for placement at long-term care facilities.

Fees

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Your Career

Demand for skilled and knowledgeable professionals to work in a helping capacity with seniors is increasing as Canada's population ages. The Social Service Worker – Gerontology (SSWG) diploma prepares graduates to provide community services and products to seniors with a wide range of physical, psychological, social and financial challenges. After four semesters, you may find fulfilling employment opportunities with agency providers of seniors' services such as government agencies, not-for-profit agencies, for-profit agencies and private individuals. You may also find a wide range of employment opportunities in many different levels, including coordination of home support services (e.g., meals on wheels, transportation, friendly visiting, congregate dining, homemaker services and telephone reassurance), work in programs for people with dementia, activation coordination, supportive housing coordination and coordination of volunteer programs. Some graduates have started their own businesses. Advocating for and empowering seniors to achieve their goals is an important aspect of all these employment possibilities. Graduates of the SSWG program are eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

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
GWL137 Introduction to Aging
GWL147 Gerontology Field Work Seminar
SLL307 Sociology: A Practical Approach
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications
SSW102 Diversity: Awareness and Practice
 
Semester 2
GWL208 Gerontological Group and Activation Techniques
GWL212 Interviewing and Assessing Older Adults
GWL219 The Retirement Home Industry - Overview and Skills
GWL247 Integrative Field Work Seminar
GWL257 Gerontology Field Work
GWL261 Therapeutic Program Planning
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
GWL318 Therapeutic Interventions for Dementia
GWL347 Integrative Field Work Seminar
GWL357 Gerontology Field Work
GWL377 Volunteer Program Management
SSW311 Case Co-ordination and Advocacy Strategies
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
GWL407 Death, Dying, Grief and Bereavement
GWL447 Integrative Field Work Seminar
GWL457 Gerontology Field Work
SSW402 Community Practice
plus: General Education Course

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
GWL137 Introduction to Aging
GWL147 Gerontology Field Work Seminar
SLL307 Sociology: A Practical Approach
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications
SSW102 Diversity: Awareness and Practice
 
Semester 2
GWL208 Gerontological Group and Activation Techniques
GWL212 Interviewing and Assessing Older Adults
GWL219 The Retirement Home Industry - Overview and Skills
GWL247 Integrative Field Work Seminar
GWL257 Gerontology Field Work
GWL261 Therapeutic Program Planning
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
GWL318 Therapeutic Interventions for Dementia
GWL347 Integrative Field Work Seminar
GWL357 Gerontology Field Work
GWL377 Volunteer Program Management
SSW311 Case Co-ordination and Advocacy Strategies
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
GWL407 Death, Dying, Grief and Bereavement
GWL447 Integrative Field Work Seminar
GWL457 Gerontology Field Work
SSW402 Community Practice
plus: General Education Course

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
GWL137 Introduction to Aging 3
GWL147 Gerontology Field Work Seminar 3
SLL307 Sociology: A Practical Approach 3
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications 3
SSW102 Diversity: Awareness and Practice 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GWL208 Gerontological Group and Activation Techniques 3
GWL212 Interviewing and Assessing Older Adults 3
GWL219 The Retirement Home Industry - Overview and Skills 3
GWL247 Integrative Field Work Seminar 2
GWL257 Gerontology Field Work 14
GWL261 Therapeutic Program Planning 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GWL318 Therapeutic Interventions for Dementia 3
GWL347 Integrative Field Work Seminar 2
GWL357 Gerontology Field Work 14
GWL377 Volunteer Program Management 3
SSW311 Case Co-ordination and Advocacy Strategies 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
GWL407 Death, Dying, Grief and Bereavement 2
GWL447 Integrative Field Work Seminar 3
GWL457 Gerontology Field Work 14
SSW402 Community Practice 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: 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 Advisor:
  Bridget Devries
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55180
Bridget.Devries@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Michele Green
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55448
Michele.Green@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Biljana Bruce
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55002
Biljana.Bruce@senecacollege.ca
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