Social Service Worker

Social Service Worker Ontario College Diploma

What is Social Service Worker?

The program provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills required to effectively assume the role of a helping professional in the diverse and complex field of social services. Students are challenged to examine their beliefs and values; to develop interpersonal communication skills; and to promote values of social justice, human dignity, and equality.

The program philosophy is based on a fundamental belief in the dignity, worth and potential of all people, emphasizing knowledge and skill development in interviewing, communication, and relationship building; effective membership and leadership in groups; working with families; and utilizing evidence-based decision-making. Students practice the skills involved in case management, community development and advocacy. There will be opportunities to engage in the community through community service learning and field placement.

Program Outline 2014-2015

Major:
SSWK
Length:
2 Years
Effective Dates:
2014-2015
Delivery:
4 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Location:
Orillia
Start:

Fall - Orillia

Winter - Orillia

Contact:
Adam Stibbards
Email:
Adam.Stibbards@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 3180

The program provides the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills required to effectively assume the role of a helping professional in the diverse and complex field of social services. Students are challenged to examine their beliefs and values; to develop interpersonal communication skills; and to promote values of social justice, human dignity, and equality.

The program philosophy is based on a fundamental belief in the dignity, worth and potential of all people, emphasizing knowledge and skill development in interviewing, communication, and relationship building; effective membership and leadership in groups; working with families; and utilizing evidence-based decision-making. Students practice the skills involved in case management, community development and advocacy. There will be opportunities to engage in the community through community service learning and field placement.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • develop and maintain professional relationships which adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work


  • identify strengths, resources, and challenges of individuals, groups, families, and communities to assist them in achieving their goals


  • recognize diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families, and communities, to promote accessible and responsive programs and services


  • identify current social policy
  • relevant legislation
  • and political, social, and/or economic systems, and their impacts on service delivery


  • advocate for appropriate access to resources to assist individuals, families, groups and communities


  • develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and community partners


  • develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self-care, improved job performance and enhanced work relationships


  • integrate social group work and group facilitation skills across a wide range of environments, supporting growth and development of individuals, families and communities


  • work in communities to advocate for change strategies that promote social and economic justice and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.

    employ environmental sustainable practices within the profession.

    develop social entrepreneur skills to foster positive social change in the community.
Fall Intake - Orillia

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter

2014 | 2015 | 2015 | 2016

Winter Intake - Orillia

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter

2015 | 2015 | 2015 | 2016

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Human Service Foundation, General Arts and Science*

- Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications

- Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

17 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

3 Field Placements

3 General Education Courses

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester.

Mandatory Courses

SSWK1000 Human Development Across the Lifespan
SSWK1001 Introduction to Social Service Work
SSWK1002 Family Sociology for Social Service Work
SSWK1003 Principles of a Helping Relationship
SSWK1006 Case Management
SSWK1010 Field Placement Preparation
SSWK1011 Group Facilitation and Dynamics
SSWK1012 Mental Health and Addictions in Social Service Work Practice
SSWK1013 Social Welfare and Political Ideologies
SSWK2000 Diversity and Multiculturalism in Canada
SSWK2005 Ethics, Professionalism and Wellness in the Social Services
SSWK2006 Community Development: Advocacy for Social and Economic Justice
SSWK2007 Consolidating Techniques in the Helping Relationship
SSWK2009 Field Placement Seminar 1
SSWK2010 Field Placement Seminar 2
SSWK2013 Practical Techniques in the Helping Relationship
SSWK2014 Community Practice in Social Service Work
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
Field Placements
SSWK1014 Introductory Field Placement
SSWK2015 Field Placement 1
SSWK2016 Field Placement 2
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record, Standard First Aid and CPR certification before proceeding on field placement. It is recommended that First Aid training is completed prior to program entry.

SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (4 yr)
Completion:
14/20 credits (3 years of full-time study); 75% GPA required for admission. Available on the Brantford Campus.
Type:
Block Transfer
Agreement With:
Laurier Brantford
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Applied Management (4 yr)
Completion:
60/120 credits (2 years); minimum 70% GPA required for admission
Type:
Block Credit
Agreement With:
University of New Brunswick
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Social Work
Completion:
200 credit points (2.5 years)
Type:
Block Transfer
Agreement With:
Griffith University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Human Services
Completion:
120 credits (1.5 years)
Type:
Block Transfer
Agreement With:
Griffith University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
(BBA) Health Services Administration (4 yr)
Completion:
60/120 credits (2 years of full-time study); available online
Type:
Block Transfer
Agreement With:
Davenport University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Social Work (4 yr)
Completion:
75/120 credits (2.5 years)
Type:
Block Credit
Agreement With:
Algoma University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Social Work
Completion:
60/120 credits; (minimum of 3 years of full-time study); minimum 75% GPA and some additional courses may be required for admission.
Type:
Block Transfer
Agreement With:
Ryerson University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) (4 yr)
Completion:
75/120 credits (2 years of full-time study); minimum 73% GPA required for admission
Type:
Advanced Standing
Agreement With:
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Forensic Psychology (4-yr)
Completion:
About 2.5 years of full-time study to complete the degree (minimum 72 of 120 credits required); 75% or higher GPA required for admission. Visit ontransfer.ca for details.
Type:
Advanced Standing
Agreement With:
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies; B. Ed.
Completion:
60/90 credits (approximately 2 years of full-time studies), 1 extra year for B.Ed on North Bay Campus; B GPA required for admission
Type:
Block Credit
Agreement With:
Nipissing University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology
Completion:
48 credits (1 1/2 - 2 years); 80% or higher GPA required
Type:
Block Credit
Agreement With:
Laurentian University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Social Work
Completion:
15/20 credits; grads may be eligible for credit towards the first year of the degree program at Lakehead. Minimum 70% GPA required for admission. Offered on the Orillia Campus.
Type:
Block Credit
Agreement With:
Lakehead University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Social Work
Completion:
15/20 credits (3 years of full-time study); minimum 75% GPA required for admission; applicants must submit a personal information document and other prerequisites may be required http://admissions.carleton.ca
Type:
Degree completion
Agreement With:
Carleton University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Psychology (4 yr)
Completion:
15/20 credits (3 years); minimum 75% GPA required for admission. This information is on the Ontario Council for Articulation and Transfer website: www.ontransfer.ca
Type:
Block Credit
Agreement With:
Brock University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Women and Gender Studies
Completion:
15/20 credits (3 years of full-time study); minimum 75% GPA required for admission
Type:
Degree completion
Agreement With:
Brock University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice (4 yr)
Completion:
90/120 credits (3 years); minimum 70% GPA required for admission. This agreement is on the Ontario Council for Articulation and Transfer website: www.oncat.ca
Type:
Degree completion
Agreement With:
Conestoga College
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Professional Arts - Human Services (4 year)
Completion:
60/120 credits (2 years of full-time study); all courses online
Type:
Block Credit
Agreement With:
Athabasca University
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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SSWK - SOCIAL SERVICE WORKER

Credential:
Bachelor of Social Work (4 yr)
Completion:
14/20 credits (2 years of full-time study); minimum 75% GPA required for admission. Available on the Brantford Campus.
Type:
Block Transfer
Agreement With:
Laurier Brantford
Contact:
Adam Stibbards, ext. 3180
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Student Shannon Nunes stands in front of a table filled with Halloween-themed goodies

Spooky goodies for a special cause

Shanon Nunes held a Halloween-themed bake sale at the Orillia Campus on Oct. 11, raising more than $250 in support of Lighthouse Christian Ministries, a soup kitchen and men’s shelter. The second-year Social Service Worker student volunteers at Lighthouse as part of her field placement. Read more...

Alumna Amanda Beauchamp

Amanda Beauchamp

Case Aide, Family Youth and Child Services

Program:

Social Service Worker

Year:

2013


The Social Service Worker Program gave me just what I needed to get started on my career. It taught me how to build rapport with clients, how to be empathetic, and most importantly, it gave me the confidence, skills and knowledge I needed to do the job well. Read more...

Faculty member Steve McDonald, wearing a green shirt and tie.

Steve McDonald

Steve McDonald has been a faculty member at Georgian College for over two decades and has taught at both the college and university levels. In addition to being a registered social worker and certified teacher in Ontario, Steve also holds a BA in psychology, a B. Ed. in special education and English as a second language, as well as a master’s degree in social work specializing in social work in educational settings and international social welfare. Read more...

Student Shannon Nunes stands in front of a table filled with Halloween-themed goodies

Spooky goodies for a special cause

Shanon Nunes held a Halloween-themed bake sale at the Orillia Campus on Oct. 11, raising more than $250 in support of Lighthouse Christian Ministries, a soup kitchen and men’s shelter. The second-year Social Service Worker student volunteers at Lighthouse as part of her field placement. Read more...

Students take part in a group activity

Orillia students build community

As part of their studies, students will create partnerships with local organizations through Georgian’s Community Projects Initiative. Past partners have included the AIDS Committee of Simcoe County and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Read more...

student leaders hold up the brochure as they prepare the residence welcome packages

Students supporting students at the Orillia Campus

As part of the new residence welcome package at the Orillia Campus, students from the Community Education Partnership Centre (CEPC) are providing their peers with invaluable information about mental health awareness. Read more...

Alumna Amanda Beauchamp

Amanda Beauchamp

Case Aide, Family Youth and Child Services

Program:

Social Service Worker

Year:

2013


The Social Service Worker Program gave me just what I needed to get started on my career. It taught me how to build rapport with clients, how to be empathetic, and most importantly, it gave me the confidence, skills and knowledge I needed to do the job well. Read more...

Doreen Cain

Doreen Cain

Employment Counsellor, Northern Lights

Program:

Social Service Worker

Year:

2012


Directly after graduation, I began my new career as an Employment Counsellor at Northern Lights. I counsel and coach clients around their job search goals, whether they are pursuing employment, employment training, or educational upgrading or retraining. Read more...

Alumna Margaret Shelly

Margaret Shelly

Volunteer Coordinator and Social Service Worker, Coleman Care Centre

Program:

Social Service Worker

Year:

2013


In the past, I had various roles in food services, retail, and bookkeeping. It was not fulfilling and I needed to make a change. The SSW program not only met the education requirements for the jobs I desired, but encouraged me to embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Read more...

Michael Taylor in his office

Michael Taylor

Operations Manager, The Sharing Place

Program:

Social Service Worker

Year:

2012


After a placement and volunteering at The Sharing Place Food Bank, I was offered the position of Operations Manager where I coordinate and manage approximately 70 volunteers serving on average 1400 clients a month. Read more...

For inquires please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Adam Stibbards
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 3180