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.
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.
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.
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)
This seminar course is designed to promote the discussion of issues and concerns that arise from the students increasing knowledge of work in the social service field. Students reflect on their field experiences in the context of their prior and current theoretical and practical learning. An emphasis is placed on developing metacognitive and self-care skills.
Field placement 1 provides the initial opportunity to integrate the knowledge gained in the classroom with current practices in the field. It allows a supervised immersion into the work world where students begin to develop clinical, professional and interpersonal skills that demonstrate an 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 + SSWO16 + WRIT5 + CASE4
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.
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.
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.
This course is designed to accompany students' final placement and to help them develop personal and professional strategies for use in employment settings. Students reflect on their field experiences in the context of their prior theoretical and practical learning. An emphasis is placed on solidifying metacognitive and self-care skills in preparation for entry into employment in the field.
Prerequisite(s): CASE6 + INTN3
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): CASE6 + INTN3
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.
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.
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.
Questions about completing this form can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Full-time student coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1 can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.
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.
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.
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.
Complete SLC Placement requirements
- 6 Training Modules
- Student Declaration/Oath of Confidentiality
- Student Covid 19 Waiver
- CPIC - VULNERABLE SECTOR
Program Specific – will be noted on Student Placement Blackboard Hub
- First Aid & CPR
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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