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Social Service Worker (Fast-Track)

Available at: Kingston


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 deter­mine 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” 

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.

This program is not open to International students.


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

Program Name

Social Service Worker (Fast-Track)

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

11 months (3 semesters)

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

To view a detailed fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

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 2020-21

Semester 1
PSYC 25 Developmental Psychology
SSWO 1 Introduction to Social Service Practice
SSWO 2 Group Work
SSWO 8 Addictions
SSWO 9 Social Welfare
SSWO 10 Legislation
SSWO 13 Interviewing and Counselling
BEHA 86 Family Violence

Semester 2
BEHA 5 Non Violent Crisis Intervention
CASE 4 Introduction to Field Placement
PSYC 3 Mental Health and Practical Pharmacology
SSWO 3 Intervention Strategies
SSWO 15 Community Resources and Case Management
WRIT 5 Documentation and Professional Communication
SSWO 5 Community Development

Semester 3
CASE 8 Social Service Worker Fast Track Seminar 1
CASE 9 Social Service Worker Fast Track Seminar 2
INTN 9 Social Service Worker Fast Track Field Placement 1
INTN 10 Social Service Worker Fast Track Field Placement 2

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    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.


    Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

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


    I enjoyed the entire SSW program, but I would have to say that the faculty makes the program #1. The top notch professors in the SSW course are compassionate, professional and the greatest mentors. They went above and beyond my expectations to help out their students both academically and personally.

    Laurie Marquette-Brown

    Program Contact

    Jason Beaubiah

    Admissions Information

    Connect with a Student Recruitment Officer:

    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.

    Classes may be scheduled any time between 8:30am - 8:30pm.

    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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