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 2015-2016

Major:
SSWK
Length:
2 Years
Effective Dates:
2015-2016
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

2015 | 2016 | 2016 | 2017

Winter Intake - Orillia

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter

2016 | 2016 | 2016 | 2017

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

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 unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

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
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.

View the Social Service Worker articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

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...

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...

Faculty member Adam Stibbards in an outdoor setting.

Adam Stibbards

Adam spent the early years of his career working with children and youth with a variety of behavioural, emotional and developmental challenges in group homes, foster care agencies and schools. Later, he had a private practice in psychotherapy in which he worked with individuals, groups, couples and families. Adam has been teaching since 2005 and has been a full-time faculty member at Georgian College since 2010. 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 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...

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...

Melaine Natress holds up a bowl she painted for the annual fundraiser.

Students support Bowls for Beds fundraiser

Students at the Orillia Campus will help raise awareness about homelessness in the community and funds for the second annual Bowls for Beds fundraiser this semester. Bowls for Beds supports Couchiching Jubilee House, a transitional facility for women and children. 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...

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 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...

alumna Margaret Shelley smiles at one of her patients

Margaret Shelly

Volunteer Coordinator and Social Service Worker, Coleman Care Centre

Program:

Social Service Worker

Year:

2013


In the past, I had various roles that I didn't find fulfilling—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...

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

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

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