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Social Service Worker Program (Fast Track) (C135)

Program Comparison Help

Decision-making made easy! This tool gives you a breakdown of individual programs offered at George Brown College and how they differ from other programs you’re interested in. Use this tool to select up to 10 programs to compare, helping you make the right choice for the career you want.
Instructions:

1. Under Program Comparison, click Add a New Program

2. Search for one of the programs you’re interested in (either alphabetically, by interest or by job)

3. Click on the title of the program in the menu

4. Click Add to Comparison

5. Continue searching for programs using steps 2-4

6. When you’re done, clicking Program Comparison will give you a preview of the programs and the option to delete, add or clear all

7. Open Program Compare for more details and an easy-to-read comparison of the programs you’ve selected

PROGRAM
Social Service Worker
CODE
C135
SCHOOL
School of Social and Community Services
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
5 weeks, 8 months (3 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
May
CERTIFICATION
Ontario College Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) is an innovative program that will provide the opportunity for you to learn theoretical models, methods of practice, training in group work, life skills, community organizing and development. This is a condensed version of the two-year (C119) program that allows college and university graduates faster entry into a social services worker career.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) is an innovative one-year program designed to guide you in developing the knowledge, value and skills to work directly with a wide range of people in need. You will have the opportunity to learn to identify and act upon many of the systemic barriers that can impede access to social and economic justice in today’s society, and be a voice for people who are never heard.

Students will examine the expanding professional roles and responsibilities of social service workers in large urban centres and within a rapidly changing society.

Apply to this program if you are a university graduate with a degree in a discipline such as:

  • psychology
  • sociology
  • women’s studies
  • environmental studies
  • education and cultural anthropology at a university

OR

A college graduate* with a diploma in:

  • Assaulted Women’s and Children’s Counsellor/Advocate
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Behavioural Science Technology
  • Career and Work Counsellor
  • Activation Co-ordinator/Gerontology

*George Brown College graduates can apply directly to the SSW fast-track program (C135) semester 2.

Find a complete list of degrees and diplomas considered for admission to the SSW C135 fast-track program.

Successful completion of a 5-week bridging program in May is required prior to entrance to the fall semester.

Additional fees will apply for the spring/summer semester. Note: Students are not eligible for OSAP for the spring/summer semester.



Your Field Study Options 

Field placement is an important component of this program. Practical experience provides you the opportunity to apply classroom theory to the real world environment, allowing you to build confidence as you hone your skills.

Note: In compliance with the requirements of our student placement partners, all students in this program must have a police vulnerable sector check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program. Students will be required to provide a clear police reference check prior to placement.



Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Program standards apply to all similar programs of instruction offered by colleges across the province. Each program standard for a postsecondary program of instruction includes the following elements:

  • Vocational standard (the vocationally specific learning outcomes which apply to the program in question),
  • Essential employability skills (the essential employability skills learning outcomes which apply to all programs of instruction), and
  • General education requirement (the requirement for general education in postsecondary programs of instruction).

The vocational and essential employability skills components of program standards are expressed in terms of learning outcomes. Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved and verified.

View standards and outcomes by program.

Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website



Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 2

Code Course Name
LIFE1010 Life Skills Methodology & Coaching
SWRK1052 Communication and Interviewing Skills
SWRK1051 Fundamentals in Social Work
SWRK1050 Preparation for the Field
SWRK1049 Power, Privilege & Identity

SEMESTER 3

Code Course Name
SWRK 2052 Group Facilitation
SWRK2057 Substance Abuse
SWRK2058 Mental Health
SWRK2059 Community Development
SWRK2056 Case Management: An Anti-Oppressive Approach
Program Related Elective

SEMESTER 4

Code Course Name
SWRK2053 Concurrent Disorders
SWRK2075 Fieldwork Practice II
SWRK2076 Integrative Seminar II
SWRK2084 Traditional and Non-traditional Family Systems
Program Related Elective

PROGRAM RELATED ELECTIVES

Code Course Name
SWRK1059 Advanced Counselling Practice
SWRK1054 Working with Older Adults
SWRK1055 Working with Aboriginal Peoples
SWRK1056 Dynamics of Oppression
SWRK1058 Social Enterprise

Note: Curriculum review in progress. Course titles may change without notice. Such changes will appear on http://www.georgebrown.ca

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives



Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates will meet the educational requirements for registration as a Social Service Worker in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). (www.ocswssw.org).

Graduates work in a variety of agency settings including:

  • addiction and mental health services
  • residential group homes
  • day treatment programs
  • case management services
  • shelters
  • drop-in and community centres
  • family service organizations
  • hospitals
  • governmental and non-governmental services


Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$3,510.00* ‡

Additional Cost 

‡May semester fees are paid separately.

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.



How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • College Diploma or University Degree - Applicants must have a diploma or degree related to the field of social work and must successfully pass preparatory modules offered in May.

OR

  • Applicants with unrelated degrees or diplomas must submit a resumé showing at least one to two years of related experience.

English proficiency

English language proficiency is essential. Applicants with international transcripts where English proficiency results are not supplied must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered (applicable to programs C130, C135, C136, C138 , C134 C301 and C405).

Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.



How Do I Apply to the Program  

Note: In compliance with requests from our student placement partners, all students in this program must have a police reference check completed before their field placement. These reference checks, which can take up to four months, are done to protect the clientele of these agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law. The fees for the reference checks vary and must be paid by the student. Students are responsible for ensuring that the check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).” Students who are unable to provide a clear police reference check may be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program.

Apply To  

Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Success Stories  

“My teachers at George Brown gave me the confidence, and inspired me to think and practice in a way that would continually empower individuals that I will be working with in the social service field. The supportive learning environment allowed me to gain new perspective in how to deal with challenging situations, and taught me advocacy and problem solving skills to build individual and community competence and capacity. Most importantly, the work placement component of the program gave me the experience to apply what I had learned in the classroom and carry out in a real life setting. My post-degree education I received at George Brown College definitely left a lasting impression on me and it equipped me with the fundamental skills that I use in my social work practice.”

Gail Poskitt (2014 graduate, Social Service Worker [Fast-Track])



Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Social & Community Services

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2185

Email: communityservices@georgebrown.ca.

Our office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Rick Owens, SSW (Fast-Track) Program Coordinator

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 6111

Email: rowens@georgebrown.ca

For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.



George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.