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Social Service Worker (SSWP/SSWA)

Available as a two-year program (SSWP); or accelerated stream for applicants with diploma or degree incorporating psychology and/or sociology (SSWA)

Social Service Workers help individuals and families deal with broad and complex issues such as poverty, access to needed social supports, reduction of oppression and social prejudice, learning disabilities and educational challenges, mental health, addictions, abuse, illness and loss. This program will prepare you for the rewards and challenges of supporting people as they change and grow.
  • Program Code

    SSWP/SSWA

  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September 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.

Experiential learning

  • 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.

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