Social Service Worker Program
(Fast-Track)
(C135)

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 (Fast-Track) is an innovative program that provides students with the opportunity to learn theoretical models, methods of practice, group facilitation, mental health supports, social innovation and anti-oppressive practice. This is a condensed version (three semesters) of the two-year (C119) program that allows college and university graduates from the social sciences entry into a career in social services.

Full Description

Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) is an innovative one-year program (three semesters) designed to guide you in developing the knowledge, values and skills to work directly with a wide range of people in need.

This program stream is available to college and university graduates with a diploma or degree related to the field of social or community work. In this program, you’ll learn to identify and act upon the systemic barriers that can impede access to social and economic justice in today’s society.

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

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

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

* Students with degrees from other disciplines may be considered if they successfully completed a minimum of 6 relevant social science courses.

OR

A college graduate with a diploma in:

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

Students must successfully complete a 6-week bridging program that begins in May prior to entering into the Fall semester.

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

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.

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

Your Field Education Options

As part of the Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) program, you will have the opportunity to participate in approximately 600 hours of supervised field experience.

With a network of over 350 social services agencies that provide specialized community-based services and supports to a wide range of people across the Greater Toronto Area, you’ll have the chance to find an experience that matches an area(s) of interest.

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 2 (May - June)

Code Course Name
SWRK 1051 Fundamentals in Social Work
SWRK 1052 Effective Communication In Social Service Work
SWRK 1070 Understanding & Working with Groups
SWRK 1071 Perspectives on Mental Health
SWRK 1072 Social Change & Proposal Development
SWRK 1073 The Sociology of Power, Privilege & Identity

SEMESTER 3 (September - December)

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

SEMESTER 4 (January - April)

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

Code Course Name
SWRK 2092 Working with Older Adults
SWRK 2093 Discourses in Disability: Implication for SSW Practice
SWRK 2094 Working with First Peoples: A Social Service Worker Perspective
SWRK 2095 Deconstructing Internalized Privilege and Oppression
SWRK 2096 Social Innovation for Social Change

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

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).

Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) graduates may work directly with people in social services or be involved in community development or social justice and allyship initiatives. Previous graduates have found employment in a variety of places including:

  • substance use and addiction services
  • 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 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

$3,647.00* ‡

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.

‡May semester fees are paid separately.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding (for Semesters 3 and 4), provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Note: Semester 2 (May-June) is not eligible for OSAP funding.

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

** Please note that successful completion of the 6-week preparatory module in May is required prior to entrance to the Fall semester.

English Language Proficiency

Domestic applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

Please visit English Proficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

None

Special Requirements

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must renew every year)

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).” 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
Gail Poskitt

"My teachers at George Brown gave me 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 field placement component of the program gave me the experience to apply what I had learned in the classroom and carry it out in a real-life setting. The 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."

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.

SSW (Fast-Track) Program Co-ordinators:

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

Patty Hayes
Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2696
Email: phayes@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
(Fast-Track)
(C135)

2019-20202020-2021

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

Leadership Claims

Preparing graduates to be agents of and advocates for change and social justice for more than 10 years.

Program Overview

Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) is an innovative program that provides students with the opportunity to learn theoretical models, methods of practice, group facilitation, life skills, supports for mental health, community organizing and development. This is a condensed version (three semesters) of the two-year (C119) program that allows college and university graduates from the social sciences entry into a career in social services.

Full Description

Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) is an innovative one-year program (three semesters) designed to guide you in developing the knowledge, values and skills to work directly with a wide range of people in need. This program stream is available to college and university graduates with a diploma or degree related to the field of social or community work. In this program, you’ll learn to identify and act upon the systemic barriers that can impede access to social and economic justice in today’s society.

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
  • community development and proposal writing
  • social innovation
  • mental health
  • substance use and addiction

Apply to this program if you:

  • have strong interpersonal skills and comfort working with people
  • 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

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

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

* Students with degrees from other disciplines may be considered if they successfully completed a minimum of 6 social science courses.

OR

A college graduate with a diploma in:

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

Students must successfully complete a 6-week bridging program that begins in May 2020 prior to entering into the Fall semester.

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

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

Your Field Education Options

As part of the Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) program, you will have the opportunity to participate in approximately 550 hours of supervised field experience.

With a network of over 350 social services agencies that provide specialized community-based services and supports to a wide range of people across the Greater Toronto Area, you’ll have the chance to find an experience that matches an area(s) of interest.

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 2 (May - June)

semester courses
Code Course Name
SWRK1052 Effective Communication In Social Service Work
SWRK1051 Fundamentals in Social Work
SWRK1070 Understanding & Working with Groups
SWRK1071 Perspectives on Mental Health
SWRK1072 Social Change & Proposal Development
SWRK1073 The Sociology of Power, Privilege and Identity

SEMESTER 3 (September - December)

semester courses
Code Course Name
SWRK 2052 Group Facilitation
SWRK2057 Substance Use and Addiction
SWRK2058 Perspectives On Mental Health
SWRK2059 Community Development
SWRK2056 Case Management: An Anti-Oppressive Approach
Program Related Elective

SEMESTER 4 (January - April)

semester courses
Code Course Name
SWRK2053 Concurrent Disorders
SWRK2075 Field Placement II
SWRK2076 Field Work Seminar II
SWRK2084 Social Service Work with Families
Program Related Elective

PROGRAM RELATED ELECTIVES

semester courses
Code Course Name
SWRK1059 Advanced Counselling Practice
SWRK1054 Working with Older Adults
SWRK1055 Working with Indigenous People Of Canada
SWRK1056 Dynamics of Oppression
SWRK1058 Social Enterprise

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).

Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) graduates may work directly with people in social services or be involved in community development or social justice and allyship initiatives. Previous graduates have found employment in a variety of places including:

  • substance use and addiction services
  • 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 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

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$3,901.00* ‡

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.

‡May semester fees are paid separately.

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

** Please note that successful completion of the 6-week preparatory module in May is required prior to entrance to the Fall semester.

English Language Proficiency

Domestic applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

Please visit English Proficiency for more details.

Course Exemptions

None

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must renew every year)

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).” Police Vulnerable Sector Checks must be renewed every year. See www.georgebrown.ca/preplacement/record_checkfor more information.

Student Success

Student Name
Gail Poskitt

"My teachers at George Brown gave me 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 field placement component of the program gave me the experience to apply what I had learned in the classroom and carry it out in a real-life setting. The 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."

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.

Charlene Dunstan, SSW (Fast-Track) Program Co-ordinator

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.