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Social Service Worker (Fast-Track)

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 1047
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Overview

The Social Service Worker Fast-Track program gives you the opportunity to learn to work supportively with many different populations, such as persons experiencing mental health issues, substance dependence, settlement challenges, poverty, education challenges, homelessness and women experiencing abuse.

Program Details

Code 1047
Start Date September
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Campus Kingston
Program Length 3 Semesters
Delivery Full-Time

Program Highlights

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.

Program Outline

2020-2021

This course presents an overview of the scientific study of human development from conception to death. Students study research findings concerning physical, social and cognitive development in order to inform their practice as Social Service Workers. This knowledge is useful when planning and evaluating strategies to identify, prevent, and overcome barriers to healthy development.
This course introduces students to the profession and practice of Social Work andSocial Service Work and the processes for working directly with clients. Studentslearn about professional responsibilities, the role of ethics, values and professionalstandards in social service work and apply ethical principles to particularsituations. The importance of developing positive relationships with colleagues isintroduced through collaborative work experiences.

This course offers an introduction to the theory and practice of group work and examines the elements that are required for its successful practice. Students study the theory and practice of group work as a social work intervention. Specific skills - such as assessment, planning, and organizing - required for group facilitation are discussed and practiced.

Prerequisite(s): SSWO13

The effects of the misuse of a variety of psychoactive drugs are studied in this course. An analysis of the use and impact of alcohol, psychoactive prescription medication, street drugs, over-the-counter drugs, nicotine, and problem gambling is conducted. An overview of practical drug concepts, theories of drug abuse, and the Ontario addiction treatment system is covered. Students learn how to screen at-risk users and to review evidence-based treatment modalities.
This course focuses on the development of the social welfare system in Canada and the impact that social policies have on the formation, growth and delivery of services at the municipal, provincial and federal level. In particular, the issues of inequity, poverty, homelessness, oppression and discrimination are studied using current social work theories. Students examine their own values and practices to develop their knowledge and to critically analyze current social welfare policies and practices.

This course will explore the structure, administration and the service delivery of community organizations and social services that operate within and adjacent to the Social Service System. Specifically, the student will examine federal and provincial statutes and legislation present in Social Services and Welfare Policy and their social, legal, and humanitarian origins. The Federal, Provincial, and Municipal implementation and policy implications of these services and polices will be reviewed and analyzed. Consideration of future policy issues and initiatives will also be introduced and evaluated, including funding, service delivery, service responsibility and legislative trends and their impact upon Social Services.

Prerequisite(s): SSWO9

 Appropriate and sensitive communication and interview skills are the foundation for effective helping and supportive relationships. Students learn to identify their strengths and weaknesses by practicing, applying and interpreting their basic skills within a counselling framework.

This course helps students to understand the complex causes of family violence and the variety of interventions that are available. Specific areas of focus are the role of the Social Service Worker in helping to prevent child abuse, intimate-partner violence, spousal assault, and elder abuse. The students study the elements of primary prevention plans and their implementation in the field. The students utilize their interviewing techniques in order to collect data.

2021-2022

Non Violent Crisis Intervention teaches safe, non-harmful behaviour management techniques designed to de-escalate crisis situations. Human service workers learn the framework required to promote the best care, welfare, safety, and security for clients, themselves, and colleagues. The main focus is on the verbal de-escalation process.
This course prepares students for field placement. Students identify and develop various skill areas that support professional effectiveness. Further, students demonstrate that they are eligible for placement by completing all mandatory requirements. Additionally, students develop strategies that promote and maintain holistic self-care as members of a human service profession.
This course provides Social Service Worker students with an overview of the nature of mental illness, mental health, and basic pharmacological substances and their functions. Students examine various types of mental illness along with classification systems and evidence based treatment modalities. Students analyze current issues in the mental health field and identify the role of the helper in assisting with mental health problems.

In this course, students explore interpersonal skills and intervention strategies within a variety of interviewing and counselling approaches. Students apply interpersonal skills in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and learn specific intervention skills to assist clients in achieving their goals. Intervention skills are studied within a multicultural framework.

Prerequisite(s): SSWO13

The ability to access relevant community resources is critical to meeting clients’ needs. In this course, students become familiar with key resources in the social service system and the continuum of care for clients. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, independent learning, and case studies, students gain skills fundamental to client-centered case management.

Prerequisite(s): SSWO9

This course helps students communicate professionally in both spoken and written formats. The functions and structure of documentation in various worksites is demonstrated through case examples. Students gain practice in various record keeping and report writing formats related to Social Service work. Students develop professional writing skills related to documentation through practice and feedback from both classmates and he instructor. Students also learn how to write a grant proposal for fundraising purposes.

Prerequisite(s): COMM 110 (Excluding Fast Track students)

Through a foundation of historical community development practices, students examine client needs relative to larger social issues. Students explore issues from a community development perspective to assist in needed change. Opportunities to participate in a community project are identified through dialogue with the social service community. This course is designed to promote organizational, communication and collaboration skills and team work.

This seminar is designed to promote the discussion of issues and concerns that arise from students' increasing knowledge of work in the social service. The seminar is intended to promote and facilitate the integration of theory and practice, as well as to provide peer support for problem-solving and sharing successful experiences. Students develop skills in communication, team work, problem solving and will enhance their professionalism.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC25 + SSWO1 + SSWO8 + PSYC3 + SSWO13 + SSWO15 + WRIT5 + CASE4

Co-requisite(s): INTN9

This seminar is designed to promote the discussion of issues and concerns that arise from students' increasing knowledge of work in the social service. The seminar is intended to promote and facilitate the integration of theory and practice, as well as to provide peer support for problem-solving and sharing successful experiences. Students develop skills in communication, team work, problem solving and will enhance their professionalism.

Prerequisite(s): CASE8 & INTN9

Co-requisite(s): INTN10

Field placement is an opportunity to integrate the knowledge gained in the classroom with current practices in the field. It is designed to allow a supervised immersion in to the work world where you can develop clinical, professional, and interpersonal skills that demonstrate your ability to incorporate sound social service work principles into the realities and pressures of a day to day operation.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC25 + SSWO1 + SSWO8 + PSYC3 + SSWO13 + SSWO15 + WRIT5 + CASE4

Co-requisite(s): CASE 8

Field placement is an opportunity to integrate the knowledge gained in the classroom with current practices in the field. It is designed to allow a supervised immersion in to the work world where you can develop clinical, professional, and interpersonal skills that demonstrate your ability to incorporate sound social service work principles into the realities and pressures of a day to day operation.

Prerequisite(s): CASE8 & INTN9

Co-requisite(s): CASE 9

Requirements

Admission Requirements

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

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 the Immunization - Communicable Disease Form

Questions about completing this form can be sent to immunizations@sl.on.ca.

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

Other Requirements

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.

Fees

2021-2022

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,184.25 CAD
Total
$3,905.61 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Kingston

Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.

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Kingston Campus Exterior
Kingston Campus

Career Opportunities

Program Leaders at Youth Centres, Residential Staff in Shelters and Group Homes, Recreation Staff in Retirement/Long Term Care homes, Housing Case Manager, Employment Counsellors, facilitating programs for persons with disabilities 

Testimonials

""I really enjoyed my two years at SLC. The Social Service Worker program thoroughly prepared me for every aspect of my job working in the school system. No course in the program was wasted or lost. I am grateful for the knowledge I acquired and for the wonderful teachers I had. They made my journey so much easier.""
Lynn Villeneuve-Atchison
"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
""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
""The professors in the SSW program are patient, professional, very willing to help, and are invested in their student’s success. I am thankful to of had such great mentors, education, and hands-on training to build and to hone these skills I’ve obtained. I feel well prepared to start my journey as a Social Service Worker.""
Ashleigh Cummings

Placement

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:

  • Long Term Care
  • Seniors outreach
  • Shelters
  • Programs supporting persons experiencing poverty 
  • Mental health services
  • Employment assistance 
  • Elementary/high schools 
  • Residential programs

Complete SLC Placement requirements

  • 6 Training Modules
  • Student Declaration/Oath of Confidentiality
  • Student Covid 19 Waiver
  • CPIC - VULNERABLE SECTOR
  • Immunization

Program Specific – will be noted on Student Placement Blackboard Hub

  • First Aid & CPR

Questions:

placements@sl.on.ca

http://www.placementatslc.ca/

Other Information

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

Program Contacts

Program Contact
Jason Beaubiah
jbeaubiah@sl.on.ca
613.544.5400 ext. 6640

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