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Social Service Worker

Available: Fall, Winter

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.

Duration

4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

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.

Related Careers

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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.

Program Costs

2017-18 ACADEMIC YEAR

Tuition – Domestic

$3,915

Tuition – International

$14,401

Book & Supply Costs

$1,250


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

Students who successfully complete this diploma program with a minimum 3.0 GPA, may be considered for admission into the 5th semester of the Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health program, after a bridge semester in the summer.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

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.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

Admissions

Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

King Campus - Domestic
Daniela Zarpellon 416.491.5050 ext. 55016 Daniela.Zarpellon@senecacollege.ca
Seneca@York Campus - Domestic
Angelie Ramirez 416.491.5050 ext. 22058 Angelie.Ramirez@senecacollege.ca
International

Student Recruitment

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Student Recruitment
Additional Contacts

Program Coordinator

King Campus
Kevin Kennedy 416.491.5050 ext. 55389 Kevin.Kennedy@senecacollege.ca
Seneca@York Campus
David Sernick 416.491.5050 ext. 55273 David.Sernick@senecacollege.ca
Yorkgate Campus
Jo Gomes 416.491.5050 ext. 55526 Jo.Gomes@senecacollege.ca

Program Chair

Biljana Bruce 416.491.5050 ext. 55002 Biljana.Bruce@senecacollege.ca

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions


Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities


Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees


A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates


Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network