Social Service Worker Program (C119)

2019-20202020-2021

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Overview

Leadership Claims

Preparing Social Service Worker graduates to be agents of and allies for change and social justice in diverse communities for over 10 years.

Program Overview

Social Service Worker is an innovative program that provides students with an opportunity to learn theoretical models, approaches to practice, group facilitation, mental health supports, social innovation and anti-oppressive practice. This two-year program combines in-class learning with field placement.

This is an approved education program by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Full Description

Social Service Worker (SSW) is an innovative two-year program designed to guide you in developing the knowledge, values and skills to work directly with a wide range of people confronting the full breadth of social issues and challenges. You will learn to identify and understand systemic barriers that can impede access to social and economic justice in today's society, and work with those most affected to break down those barriers.

Students will examine the expanding professional roles and responsibilities of Social Service Workers in large urban centres and within a rapidly changing society.

In addition to the theoretical models, methods and skills of social service work practice, you will learn about:

  • group facilitation
  • allyship and anti-oppressive practice
  • counselling skills
  • social change and proposal development
  • social innovation
  • mental health
  • substance use and addiction

Apply to this program if you:

  • have strong interpersonal skills and comfort working with people and groups
  • are committed to working toward a more just and equitable society
  • are committed to examining the dynamics of power and oppression
  • are committed to examining yourself and your social location
  • are seeking to work with a wide range of individuals, groups and communities

Many of the Social Service Worker faculty have professional experience with:

  • marginalized communities
  • institutional health and social service organizations
  • federal, provincial and municipal governments
  • research and initiatives in social innovation
  • a range of not-for-profit organizations and agencies
  • direct practice with individuals, families, groups and communities

FAST-TRACK OPTION

There is a one-year Social Service Worker full-time option available to graduates of a baccalaureate program in disciplines such as psychology, sociology, women’s studies, environmental studies, education and cultural anthropology at a university. Students with degrees from other disciplines may be considered if they successfully completed a minimum of 6 relevant social science courses.

This fast-track option is also open to graduates of a college diploma program including:

In preparation for the field placement, students will be required to work in multiple small and large groups within classes and community settings.

Find a complete list of degrees and diplomas considered for admission to the Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) (C135) program.

SSW Pathways to BSW and MSW

In 2016, President Anne Sado signed Colleges and Institutes Canada’s Indigenous Education Protocols, which reaffirms the importance of structures and approaches required to address Indigenous peoples' learning needs and support self-determination and socio-economic development of Indigenous communities.

In response to this and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, the Social Service Worker program is committed to developing the capacity of its students to work with the Indigenous individual, families, groups and communities. The Social Service Worker program would like to acknowledge the support of Indigenous Education and Services and Negahneewin Council who have helped the faculty with this process. The Indigenous Learning Outcomes are guiding the embedment of Indigenous learning into the curriculum.

Your Field Education Options

You will have the opportunity to participate in approximately 600 hours of field experience supervised by qualified professional practitioners in community agencies in a full year placement in the second year of the program.

The college maintains relationships with agencies operating in a wide range of institutional and community-based settings throughout the Greater Toronto Area and will support you in making connections to secure a placement.

INTERNATIONAL PLACEMENTS

The George Brown College School of Social and Community Services has been offering international placement opportunities for a number of years. When available, these opportunities are only open to students in the two-year, full-time program (C119).

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 commencing 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).” The program will assist students in applying for the police check once they begin the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Ministry of Trainining, Colleges and Universities program standards apply to all Social Service Worker Diploma Programs delivered by OCAAT institutions.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop respectful and collaborative professional and interpersonal relationships that adhere to professional, legal and ethical standards aligned to social service works.
  2. Record information accurately and communicate effectively in written, digital, verbal and non-verbal ways, in adherence to privacy and freedom of information legislation, in accordance with professional and workplace standards.
  3. Integrate a practice framework within a service delivery continuum, addressing the needs of individuals, families and communities at micro, mezzo, macro and global levels, and work with them in achieving their goals.
  4. Plan and implement accessible and responsive programs and services, recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities and meeting these needs.
  5. Examine current social policy, relevant legislation and political, social, historical and/or economic systems and their impacts for individuals and communities when delivering services to the user/client.
  6. Develop strategies and approaches that support individual clients, groups, families and communities in building the capacity for self-advocacy, while affirming their dignity and self-worth.
  7. Work from an anti-oppressive, strengths-based practice, recognizing the capacity for resilience and growth of individuals and communities when responding to the diverse needs of marginalized or vulnerable populations to act as allies and advocates.
  8. Develop strategies and approaches to implement and maintain holistic self-care as a member of a human service profession.
  9. Work with individuals, groups, families and their communities to ensure that service provider strategies promote social and economic justice, and challenge patterns of oppression, discrimination and harassment, and sexual violence with clients, coworkers and communities.
  10. Develop the capacity to work with the Indigenous individual, families, groups and communities while respecting their inherent rights to self-determine, and to identify and address systemic barriers that produce ill effects, developing appropriate responses using approaches such as trauma-informed care practice.

Note: The learning outcomes have been numbered as a point of reference; numbering does not imply prioritization, sequencing, nor weighting of significance.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

Code Course Name
GSSC 1121 The Sociology of Power, Privilege and Identity
SWRK 1026 Canadian Social Welfare
SWRK 1042 Values, Ethics and Professional Practice
SWRK 1063 Understanding and Working with Groups
COMM 1007 College English or COMM 1003 English Skills
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 2

Code Course Name
COUN 1034 Effective Communication In Social Service Work
SWRK 1064 Preparation for Field & Professional Practice
SWRK 1065 Social Change and Proposal Development
SWRK 2058 Perspectives On Mental Health
GSSC 1109 Life Span Development
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

Code Course Name
SWRK 2057 Substance Use and Addiction
SWRK 2056 Case Management: An Anti-Oppressive Approach
SWRK 2090 Fieldwork Practice
SWRK 2091 Fieldwork Seminar
Program Related Elective

SEMESTER 4

Code Course Name
SWRK 2090 Fieldwork Practice
SWRK 2091 Fieldwork Seminar
SWRK 2097 Counselling Skills with Individuals and Families
Program Related Elective

PROGRAM RELATED ELECTIVES (FOR SEMESTERS 3 AND 4)

Code Course Name
SWRK 2092 Working with Older Adults
SWRK 2093 Disability Discourse
SWRK 2094 Working with First Peoples: A Social Service Worker Perspective
SWRK 2095 Deconstructing Internalized Privilege and Oppression
SWRK 2096 Social Innovation for Social justice

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates meet the educational requirements for registration as a Social Service Worker in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Additional fees apply.

Social Service Worker graduates have found employment in a variety of agency settings, including:

  • mental health services
  • substance use and addictions
  • residential programs
  • day programs
  • case management services
  • shelters
  • drop-in and community centres
  • family service organizations
  • government and non-government agencies

Career Options

Social Service Worker graduates may work directly with people in social services or be involved in community development or social justice and allyship initiatives. They will be well prepared to work in diverse urban communities and with individuals, groups and communities confronted with a range of issues related to:

  • mental health
  • homelessness
  • poverty
  • substance use and addictions
  • criminal justice
  • crisis supports
  • settlement and immigration
  • social justice and advocacy

Educational Pathways

Graduates may apply to complete a second diploma in a related George Brown College program in a reduced time frame [e.g. Community Worker (Fast-Track) program].

For further information on future study options, see Transfer Guide

Future Study Options

Graduates are eligible to apply for advanced standing in Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs at:

Graduates can also complete a four-year degree program in Community Economic and Social Development at Algoma University. With a grade point average of 3.0, graduates of the Social Service Worker program receive two years’ credit toward this four-year degree at Algoma University.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$3,685.00*

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2020. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2021 and at later dates.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) - Minimum grade of 65% required

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit Transfer Guide for more information.

Special Requirements

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 will be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program. Police vulnerable sector checks must be renewed every year. See Pre-placement website for more information

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

Student Success

Student Name
Belinda Batista

“The vast education I received helped me to understa social work and open my mind to the many sectors available within the field.”

Student Name
Brittany Clayton

"Throughout my two years as a George Brown College student, I have been provided with an adaptable, unique and diverse experience.

The learning from my program classes has given me a vibrant edge in the field that undoubtedly shaped my experience as a working professional.

The faculty have been incredibly accommodating, understanding, and have created a space where my opinion matters. I have been hired for a full-time position and have received two other phone calls for interviews.

George Brown's student placement opportunities, dedicated faculty and leading edge teaching have helped me to become a more confident Social Service Worker and I will forever be grateful."

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.

Social Service Worker Program Co-ordinators:

Patty Hayes
Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2696
Email: phayes@georgebrown.ca

Charlene Dunstan
Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2652
Email: cdunstan@georgebrown.ca

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

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Social Service Worker Program (C119)

2019-20202020-2021

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Leadership Claims

Preparing Social Service Worker graduates to be agents of and advocates for change and social justice in diverse communities for over 10 years.

Program Overview

Social Service Worker is an innovative program that provides students with an opportunity to learn theoretical models, approaches to practice, group facilitation, mental health supports, social innovation, and community development. This two-year program combines in-class learning with field placement.

Full Description

Social Service Worker (SSW) is an innovative two-year program designed to guide you in developing the knowledge, values and skills to work directly with a wide range of people confronting the full breadth of social issues and challenges. You will have the opportunity to learn to identify and understand systemic barriers that can impede access to social and economic justice in today's society, and work with those most affected to break down those barriers.

Students will examine the expanding professional roles and responsibilities of Social Service Workers in large urban centres and within a rapidly changing society.

In addition to the theoretical models, methods and skills of social service work practice, you will learn about:

  • group facilitation
  • advocacy and anti-oppressive practice
  • counselling skills
  • community development
  • social innovation
  • mental health
  • substance use and addiction

Apply to this program if you:

  • have strong interpersonal skills and a comfort with working with people
  • are committed to working toward a more just and equitable society
  • are committed to examining the dynamics of power and oppression in a diverse society
  • are committed to examining yourself and your social location
  • are seeking to work with a wide range of individuals, groups and communities
  • are prepared to engage in and develop the skills to lead difficult discussions in the classroom and in the field

Many of the Social Service Worker faculty have professional experience with:

  • federal, provincial and municipal governments
  • marginalized communities
  • institutional health and social service organizations
  • a range of not-for-profit organizations and agencies
  • direct practice with individuals, families, groups and communities
  • developing socially innovative programs and initiatives

FAST-TRACK OPTION

There is a one-year Social Service Worker full-time option available to graduates of a baccalaureate program in disciplines such as psychology, sociology, women’s studies, environmental studies, education and cultural anthropology at a university. Students with degrees from other disciplines may be considered if they successfully completed a minimum of 6 social science courses.

This fast-track option is also open to graduates of a college diploma program including:

In preparation for the field placement, students will be required to work in multiple small and large groups within classes and community settings.

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

SSW Pathways to BSW and MSW

Your Field Education Options

You will have the opportunity to participate in approximately 550 hours of field experience supervised by qualified professional practitioners in community agencies in an 8 month placement in second year.

The college maintains relationships with hundreds of agencies operating in a wide range of institutional and community-based settings, both large and small, and throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

INTERNATIONAL PLACEMENTS

The George Brown College School of Social and Community Services has been offering placement opportunities in countries such as Jamaica and India for a number of years. When available, these opportunities are only open to students in the full-time two-year program (C119).

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 commencing 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).”

Program Learning Outcomes

Note: Under review and subject to change effective Fall 2018.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop and maintain professional relationships which adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work.
  2. Identify strengths, resources, and challenges of individuals, families, groups, and communities to assist them in achieving their goals.
  3. Recognize diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families, and communities to promote accessible and responsive programs and services.
  4. Identify current social policy, relevant legislation, and political, social, and/or economic systems and their impacts on service delivery.
  5. Advocate for appropriate access to resources to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  6. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and community partners.
  7. Develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self‐care, improved job performance, and enhanced work relationships.
  8. Integrate social group work and group facilitation skills across a wide range of environments, supporting growth and development of individuals, families, and communities.
  9. Work in communities to advocate for change strategies that promote social and economic justice and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
Code Course Name
SWRK1026 Canadian Social Welfare
SWRK1042 Values, Ethics and Professional Practice
GSSC1121   The Sociology of Power, Privilege and Identity
SWRK1063 Understanding & Working with Groups
COMM1007 College English or COMM1003 English Skills
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
Code Course Name
COUN1034 Effective Community in Social Service Work
GSSC1109 Lifespan Development
SWRK1064 Preparation for the Field & Professional Practice
SWRK1065 Social Change & Proposal Development
SWRK2058 Perspectives on Mental Health
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
Code Course Name
SWRK2090 Field Work Practice
SWRK2091 Field Work Seminar
SWRK2056 Case Management: An Anti-Oppressive Approach
SWRK2057 Substance Use and Addiction
Program Related Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
SWRK2090 Field Work Practice
SWRK2091 Field Work Seminar
SWRK2097 Counselling Skills with Individuals and Families
Program Related Elective

PROGRAM RELATED ELECTIVES (FOR SEMESTERS 3 AND 4)

semester courses
Code Course Name
SWRK2092 Working with Older Adults
SWRK2093 Disability Discourse
SWRK2094 Work with First Peoples: A Social Service Worker Perspective
SWRK2095 Deconstructing Internalized Privilege and Oppression
SWRK2096 Social Innovation for Social Justice

Note: This program is undergoing curriculum review and development. The revised curriculum is proposed for Fall 2019.

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

Graduates meet the educational requirements for registration as a Social Service Worker in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Additional fees apply.

Social Service Worker graduates have found employment in a variety of agency settings, including:

  • mental health services
  • substance use and addictions
  • residential programs
  • day programs
  • case management services
  • shelters
  • drop-in and community centres
  • family service organizations
  • governmental and non-governmental services

Career Options

Social Service Worker graduates may work directly with people in social services or be involved in community development or social justice and advocacy initiatives. They will be well prepared to work in diverse urban communities and with individuals, groups and communities confronted with a range of issues related to:

  • mental health
  • homelessness
  • poverty
  • substance use and addictions
  • criminal justice
  • crisis supports
  • settlement and immigration
  • related personal, emotional or social issues
  • other determinants of health and social justice

Future Study Options

Graduates may apply to complete a second diploma in a related George Brown College program in a reduced time frame (e.g. Community Worker program).

For further information on future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide/

Graduates are eligible to apply for advanced standing in Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs at:

They may also complete a four-year degree program in Community Economic and Social Development at Algoma University. With a grade point average of 3.0, graduates of the Social Service Worker program receive two years’ credit toward this four-year degree at Algoma University.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$3,929.00*

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

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

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) - Minimum grade of 70% required

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

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

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements

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 will be unable to complete their field placement and, therefore, be unable to complete the program. Police vulnerable sector checks must be renewed every year. See www.georgebrown.ca/preplacement/record_check for more information

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Student Name
Belinda Batista

“The vast education I received helped me to understa social work and open my mind to the many sectors available within the field.”

Student Name
Brittany Clayton

"Throughout my two years as a George Brown College student, I have been provided with an adaptable, unique and diverse experience.

The learning from my program classes has given me a vibrant edge in the field that undoubtedly shaped my experience as a working professional.

The faculty have been incredibly accommodating, understanding, and have created a space where my opinion matters. I have been hired for a full-time position and have received two other phone calls for interviews.

George Brown's student placement opportunities, dedicated faculty and leading edge teaching have helped me to become a more confident Social Service Worker and I will forever be grateful."

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.

Maureen Boettcher, Social Service Worker Program Co-ordinator

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 6070

Email: mboettch@georgebrown.ca

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

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.