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Social Service Worker

Available at: Cornwall | Kingston

Overview

This two-year Ontario College Diploma pro­gram prepares students to work as practical front-line service providers in a variety of social service settings.

The SSW 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.

Our program includes:

• Several field placements

• Professors with experience in the field

• Relevant classes emphasizing active learn­ing, skill-based learning, hands-on activi­ties, practical assignments • Eligibility to join the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and use the title “Registered Social Service Worker”.

Highlights

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

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Program Name

Social Service Worker

Program Code

0385

Credential

Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

September

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)

Cornwall

Canadian Fees

2016-17 full-year tuition fees: $2,850.18. Compulsory fees are $746.35. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International tuition fee is $13,420.00. Compulsory fees are $1,411.35. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

Additional Costs

Textbooks are estimated at $1,600 over two years. Students must cover the cost of First Aid and CPR training, criminal background checks, and any immunizations required by a field placement agency. Students are responsible for transportation to and from field placement including parking costs if applicable. 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 2016-17

Semester 1
COMM 34 Introductory College Communications
COMP 222 Computer Application Fundamentals
GENE 73 Wellness
PSYC 25 Developmental Psychology
SSWO 1 Introduction to Social Service Practice
SSWO 8 Addictions
SSWO 9 Social Welfare

Semester 2
BEHA 29 Theories of Personality
CASE 4 Introduction to Field Placement
GENE XX General Education Election (online)
PSYC 3 Mental Health and Mental Illness
SSWO 13 Interviewing and Counselling
SSWO 15 Community Resources and Case Management
SSWO 16 Diverse Populations I
WRIT 5 Documentation

Semester 3
BEHA 5 Non-violent Crisis Intervention
CASE 6 Social Service Worker Seminar I
INTN 3 Social Service Worker Field Placement I
SSWO 2 Group Work
SSWO 3 Intervention Strategies
SSWO 4 Working with Families
SSWO 10 Legislation

Semester 4
BEHA 86 Family Violence
CASE 7 Social Service Worker Seminar II
INTN 4 Social Service Worker Field Placement II
GENE 60 Topics in the Contemporary Workplace
SSWO 5 Community Development
SSWO 17 Diverse Populations II

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

•Grade 12 English at the C or U level
•Grade 11 Math

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admissions information.

Prerequisites

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

IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE requirements

Completion of the IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM is a MANDATORY condition
for your clinical/practical placement. THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Download your IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM (pdf)

Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to: Immunizations@sl.on.ca

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

Testimonials

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

Jody SoukaMarleau
jsouka-marleau@sl.on.ca

Recruiting Contact

Recruitment Office
Dreamit@sl.on.ca

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.

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. Students going on field placement must complete and submit a Criminal Background Check. Please note: CBC checks generally expire after one year, consequently Cornwall students do not need to submit a CBC until after the successful completion of the first year.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at ontariocolleges.ca and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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