School of Social & Community Services

  • Interested in a career helping others?

    Leadership, teamwork and communication are just some of the skills you will be taught as a student in the School of Social & Community Services. Whether your interest lies in empowering individuals or learning how to support community development and change, our expert faculty will help prepare you for a rewarding career in this sector.

    Our student-centred programs are designed with a social justice lens and focus on independent thinking, intervention know-how, community awareness and professionalism.
    With over 1,200 students enrolled in this School each year, you will become part of a supportive learning community that will lay the foundation for your career and future professional network.

    Find a Community Services program that’s right for you:

    • Credential: Ontario College Diploma

      The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program provides students with a feminist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to gender-based violence. It trains students to be agents for change in their work of community education, political action and law reform. It prepares students to provide anti-oppressive counselling and advocacy for self-identified women, children, trans and non-binary survivors who have experienced or are experiencing gender-based violence.

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      Credential: Ontario College Diploma

      The Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program provides students with a feminist analysis of the political and counselling issues related to gender-based violence experienced primarily by self-identified women and children. It trains students to be agents for change in their work of community education, political action and law reform. It prepares students to provide anti-oppressive counselling and advocacy for self-identified women, children, trans and non binary survivors who have experienced or are experiencing gender-based violence.

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      Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate

      Career Development Practitioners provide information, advice and guidance related to career exploration, skill acquisition, job search and maintenance. This one-year post-diploma program provides training to enter and/or advance in the field of career development.

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      Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma

      The Child and Youth Care program teaches students the necessary skills to work effectively with children, youth and families who are experiencing social, emotional, developmental and behavioural challenges. The program integrates a holistic approach embedding an ecological perspective and principles of human rights, resiliency and restorative practice.

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      Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma

      In the Child and Youth Care (Fast-Track) program, you will have an opportunity to learn how to work effectively with at risk children, youth and families who are experiencing developmental, mental health, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Apply to this program stream if you have already completed a 2 or 3 year diploma or a 3 or 4 year degree.

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      Credential: Ontario College Diploma

      The Community Worker program prepares students to work with individuals, organizations and communities across a range of issues (i.e. poverty, housing, violence, discrimination, settlement, etc.) for progressive social change.

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      Credential: Ontario College Diploma

      Community Worker (Fast-Track) is a dynamic social justice program designed to prepare you to work with individuals, organizations and communities across a range of issues (i.e. poverty, housing, violence, food security, immigration and settlement, etc.) in ways that are responsive to their multiple and changing needs.

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      Credential: Ontario College Diploma

      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.

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      Credential: Ontario College Diploma

      Social Service Worker (Fast-Track) 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. 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.

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  • Connected to employers:

    Previous students have secured work experience with organizations both large and small. Some of the more well- known institutions include: Child Development Institute, Sick Kids Hospital, YWCA Toronto, the City of Toronto, and the Toronto District School Board.

    While the majority of field experience takes place within the GTA, we do offer a select number of international field education opportunities in Jamaica and India (eligibility requirements vary).

    Alumni Success Story

    Jessica Lynn Whitbread
    Community Worker
    Graduated 2009

    George Brown graduate Jessica Lynn Whitbread has one more honour to add to her already impressive list of accomplishments.

    Whitbread, who graduated from George Brown’s Community Worker program in 2009, is a recipient of a 2014 Premier’s Award. Every year the province honours college graduates who are making social and economic contributions to their communities in Ontario and beyond. The award is presented in six categories: technology, business, community services, arts and design and health sciences.

    Jessica Lynn Whitbread