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Social Service Worker

Available at: Cornwall | Kingston


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.

This program is not open to International students.


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

Career Opportunities

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

Program Name

Social Service Worker

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

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

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 2020-21

Semester 1
COMM 110 Communications for College
PSYC 25 Developmental Psychology
SSWO 1 Introduction to Social Service Practice
SSWO 8 Addictions
SSWO 9 Social Welfare
SSWO 13 Interviewing and Counselling
GENE General Education Course

Semester 2
CASE 4 Introduction to Field Placement
PSYC 3 Mental Health and Practical Pharmacology
SSWO 15 Community Resources and Case Management
SSWO 16 Diverse Populations
WRIT 5 Documentation and Professional Communication
General Education Elective (Online)

Semester 3
BEHA 5 Non Violent Crisis Intervention
CASE 6 Social Service Worker Seminar 1
INTN 3 Social Service Worker Field Placement 1
SSWO 2 Group Work
SSWO 3 Intervention Strategies
SSWO 10 Legislation

Semester 4
BEHA 86 Family Violence
CASE 7 Social Service Worker Seminar 2
INTN 4 Social Service Worker Field Placement 2
SSWO 5 Community Development
GENE General Education Course

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.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

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 Admission Requirements.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details

This is a HIGHLY COMPETITIVE program. To be included in the competitive ranking, applications must be complete including all transcripts and proof of enrollment by February 1. Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admissions to the program. Please see the Highly Competitive Program Chart for more details.


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.


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

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.
Profile of a Successful Student:
• You are physically and emotionally healthy
• You are able to focus and concentrate
• Your writing skills are good
• You have well-developed people skills
• You are committed to helping people and your community


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 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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