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Social Service Worker (Fast-Track)

Available at: Kingston


This program is open to students with a university degree in the Social Sciences who want to pursue the practical skills needed to work in the social service field.

The Social Service Worker Fast-Track program gives you the opportunity to learn to work with many different populations of people, such as those with mental health problems, addiction problems, seniors who require extra support, children with behaviour problems, women who have been abused, people who live in poverty and/or are homeless, and adolescents who live in group homes. This program helps you deterĀ­mine which population of people you would like to focus on in your career.

Unique program features:
  • Two field placements
  • Professors with experience in the field 
  • Relevant classes emphasizing active learning, skill-based learning, hands-on activities, practical assignments
  • Graduates are eligible to join the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and use the title “Registered Social Service Worker” 


Career Opportunities

  • Program Leaders at Youth Centres 
  • Residential Staff in Shelters & Group Homes 
  • Mental Health Workers 
  • Recreation Staff at Seniors’ Homes 
  • Case Workers at Welfare Agencies 
  • Employment Counsellors 
  • Addictions Workers

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Program Name

Social Service Worker (Fast-Track)

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

11 months (3 semesters)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2017-18 tuition fees are $4,403.52. Compulsory fees are $1,252.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fees are $20,700.00. Compulsory fees are $1,996.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Books and supplies are estimated at $1,600 over the program. Students are required to cover any costs involved in getting to field placement, including parking costs if applicable. Students must cover the cost of First Aid and CPR training, criminal background checks, and any immunizations required by a field placement agency. Most sites are on a bus route.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2018-19

Semester 1
PSYC 3 Mental Health
PSYC 25 Developmental Psychology
SSWO 1 Introduction to Social Service Practice
SSWO 10 Legislation
SSWO 13 Interviewing and Counselling
BEHA 5DG Non-violent Crisis Intervention
SSWO 2 Group Work

Semester 2
CASE 4 Introduction to Field Placement
SSWO 15 Community Resources and Case Management
GENE 71 Violence Against Women
SSWO 16 Diverse Populations I
SSWO 4 Working with Families
SSWO 3 Intervention Strategies
GENE 53 Addictions (online)
WRIT 5 Documentation and Professional Communication

Semester 3
CASE 8 Social Service Worker Fast Track Seminar I
INTN 5 Social Service Worker Field Placement I
CASE 9 Social Service Worker Fast Track Seminar II
INTN 10 Social Service Worker Field Placement II

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences (e.g. Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, etc.)


Criminal Background Check:
Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for programs with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

Health Requirements


for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


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Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    The Social Service Worker course gave me the skills I needed to get started. SLC also helped by leading me through placements and job opportunities so that eventually I acquired enough experience and confidence to start my own business.

    Nicole Donaldson

    Program Contact

    Elaine Ainslie

    Admissions Information

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    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Recommended: 50 hours of related volunteer work in at least one health or community service agency.

    Field Placement Experience:
    Practical training is provided through field placement opportunities. Field placement choices are made with the students’ professional growth in mind. Some examples are placements with:

    • families on social assistance
    • seniors and their families
    • women who have suffered abuse
    • new immigrants
    • adults with addiction problems
    • consumers of mental health services
    • unemployed adults
    • children in schools or group homes
    • children or adults with intellectual disabilities

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