Community Service Worker

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Diploma Program
Duration: 52 weeks
Practicum: 220 hours

The Community Services program helps you to gain the knowledge and skills to work effectively with individuals, groups, and communities to resolve their personal and social problems.

Through theory and practical experiences, the program prepares you to support a wide range of client groups and communities who are in the process of change or growth, including those impacted by issues such as loss and separation, family crisis, poverty, violence, homelessness, addiction, disability, unemployment, oppression and resettlement issues.

As a student, you will accumulate field placement experiences totaling 220 hours. In placement, you will practice your learned theoretical knowledge to resolve clients’ personal and social problems; learn how to strengthen the bond between yourself and the community; actively participate in a real-life work environment, and will be ready to work on the front line of this profession.

What You Will Learn

  • Computer Fundamentals & Microsoft Office
  • Fundamentals of Organizational Communications
  • Introduction to Social Work and Community Practice
  • Ethics and Professional Skills
  • Community Service Work in Canada
  • Law for Support Workers, Human Rights, and Government Services
  • Community Development in Canada
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to Canadian Social Welfare and Social Policy
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Fund Raising for Social Change
  • Strategic Planning for Not-for-profit Organization: An Overview
  • Professional Documentation and Employment Strategies
  • Counselling Skills and Theory
  • Group Dynamics
  • Self Care and Team Building
  • High-Risk Population
  • Social Psychology and Geriatrics
  • Introduction to Community Mental Health and Addiction
  • Job Search and Career Development
  • Harm Reduction and Crisis Intervention
  • Practicum
  • Job Search and Career Development

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status and successful completion of entrance examination;
  • Police Clearance (criminal check);
  • Standard First aid and CPR level C.

Your Future Looks Bright

A great future awaits you as Social Service Worker in provincial, municipal and private social service agencies including:

  • Social service departments
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Addiction and mental health services
  • Schools and youth services
  • Community health and resource centers
  • Shelters

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