Social Service Worker
Available as a two-year program (SSWP)
Two-year Ontario College Diploma
- Start Date
September and January entry
Find your career
Social Service Workers work with adults, seniors, children, families and youth in need of support. Prepare for a variety of job opportunities:
- Case workers.
- Social service positions with municipal, provincial and federal governments.
- Front-line workers in group homes, employment offices, corrections, residential treatment programs, community agencies, business and industry.
- Social Service Worker is a registered professional title that may only be used by members in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Our grads get great jobs
- Program Facilitator, Canadian Mental Health Association
- Family Support Worker, Children’s Aid Society
- Residential Staff, Bayfield Treatment Centres
- Coordinator for Social Service Programs, Community Care for Seniors
- Social Services Caseworker and Employment Counsellor, Ontario Works
Is it for you?
Does this sound like you? Students who thrive in social service work are:
- Passionate about helping others.
- Seeking new challenges.
- Able to draw strength from their own life experiences.
- Interested in opportunities for personal growth.
- Incorporate theory and practice with extensive group work.
- Develop essential skills in human relations, interpersonal communication, needs assessment and critical thinking.
- Practise interviewing and counselling skills in a soundproof lab with a two-way mirror for observation and feedback.
- As well as faculty instruction, the opportunity to learn from guest speakers working in probation and parole, crisis shelters, seniors' facilities, Ontario Works and other community agencies.
- Rate your strengths and areas of greater focus with ongoing self-assessment.
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Learn with dedicated, caring faculty with front-line experience in a variety of human service settings.
- Professors with backgrounds in child protection, prevention programming, addiction, corrections, social services and family counselling continue to work in their fields, bringing the most up-to-date industry knowledge and practices to the classroom.
- Find the right job experience for your career path, working with our dedicated SSW placement coordinator.
- Our program has a learner-centred approach. The staff values you, the student, first and foremost. We recognize and appreciate that you
enter the program with many talents and abilities acquired from a variety of previous work and life experiences. We will work with you at building a learning community that is based upon trust, acceptance, and cooperation. We encourage you to help other students as this contributes to a positive learning environment and to your success in the program. You are encouraged to take responsibility for your learning and to become self-directed.