Social Services Support Worker Diploma

This 32-week Social Services Support Worker Diploma is a program with 830 hours of training. Students prepare to be effective social services practitioners by acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values needed to provide support to individuals, families, groups, and communities in need and who are seeking support from a variety of available assistance programs and services.

This diploma program focuses on preparing you to be an effective social services practitioner by acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values needed to provide support to individuals, families, groups, and communities in need and who are seeking support from a variety of available assistance programs and services.

This is suitable for people looking for a career in community social services.

Learning Objectives

  • You will gain a solid understanding of the social and community services available and the role of social services workers in improving the social welfare of individuals and communities.
  • You will be able to recognize at-risk behaviours across a variety of groups.
  • You will be able to describe the effects of psychoactive chemicals on target populations suffering from mental illness.
  • You will be able to describe the effects of mental health in relation to addiction, diagnosis, and medications used in pharmacotherapy and the impact mental health may have on individuals or communities.
  • You will be able to describe and discuss the issues, defining traits, intervention, prevention, and safety issues for those suffering from mental illness.
  • You will be able to articulate the impact on the client-counsellor relationship for cultural and diversity issues.
  • You will be familiar with resources available under the broad umbrella of the Canadian health care system.

Admission Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • Successful completion of the college’s admissions test
  • Criminal record check
  • Immunization report
  • Meet minimum English language proficiency requirements
  • Complete ‘Student Declaration – Social Services Support Worker program’s form

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete each course with a final grade of at least 60%.
  • Successfully complete the program practicum.

Potential Careers

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills to pursue the following career options:

  • Social services worker
  • Community health centre worker
  • Family social worker
  • Child welfare worker

Program Duration: 32 weeks

Credentials Provided: Diploma

Fees: International-Domestic Students

  • Tuition: CAD $8,250

  • Application Fee: CAD $150

  • Text Books: CAD $1,226

  • Course Materials: CAD $250

  • Other: CAD $250

Course No.
Course Name
ACAD100
Learning Essentials
ACSW100
Addictions Fundamentals
PHAR100
Pharmacology Fundamentals
ACSW200
Social Service Work Fundamentals
PYSC100
Psychology Fundamentals
SOCI100
Sociology Fundamentals
PYSC110
Ethics Fundamentals
ACSW300
Self-Care Techniques
ACSW400
Resources & Networking
PSYC130
Interview & Intake Procedures
COMC150
Professional Report Writing
ACSW500
Family Studies
PSYC140
Mental Health Fundamentals
PSYC150
Behavior Analysis Techniques
ACPR100
Practicum
CARE100
Career Essentials
Course sequencing may vary
The program is delivered in English. The program will employ an in-class lecture delivery format. There is no mandatory homework; however, it is recommended that you review daily lectures and exercises completed.
The Social Services Support Worker Diploma program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
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