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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY:

I loved my course and actually ended up getting a job out of my placement. I had a lot of first hand experience and I enjoyed every minute of it.[...]

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Advice I'd give to first-year students is to just make sure you're on top of things. Don't leave things til the last minute and enjoy your first ye [...]

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY:

The thing that makes Durham College different is the high level of commitment to the students and providing them with quality education.

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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY:

The fact that the college is in Durham Region was the biggest factor and the commute was easy for me as bus was included as part of tuition.

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Social Services Worker

Social Service Worker

Social Service Worker

The Social Service Worker program combines academic study with practical experience to provide graduates with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to work in the diverse and complex field of community and social services. The program focuses on the development of front-line interviewing and counselling skills that will prepare students to work with individuals and groups in a variety of social service settings, including group homes, women’s shelters, addiction and mental health facilities, employment programs and services for seniors.

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Program Description

This program combines classroom work with practical experience to provide you with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to work in the diverse and complex field of community and social services. It focuses on the development of front-line interviewing and counselling skills that will enable you to work with individuals and groups in a variety of social service settings. In addition to theoretical models, methods and skills of social service work practice, you will receive extensive training in:

  • Community organizing and development
  • Crisis intervention
  • Group work
  • Life skills methodology

As a graduate of the Social Service Worker program, you will be eligible to register as a social service worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C, M or U) 
  • Three additional senior level credits

This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact recruitment@durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.3126.

JANUARY START

If you begin classes in January, you will complete semesters 1 and 2 (Year 1) from January to August and semesters 3 and 4 (Year 2) from January to August.

PRE-PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:

  • A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station. You may be required to obtain additional CRCs with VSS to meet field placement agency requirements
  • Current Level C CPR from a recognized provider
  • Current standard first aid certification from a recognized provider
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
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Career Options

WHAT YOU COULD BE:

  • Addictions counsellor
  • Case manager
  • Crisis worker
  • Disability support worker
  • Employment counsellor
  • Intake worker
  • Mental health worker
  • Residential counsellor
  • Residential support worker
  • Shelter worker
  • Youth counsellor

WHERE YOU COULD WORK:

  • Addiction agencies
  • Community living association
  • Educational institution
  • Mental health agency
  • Senior’s facility
  • Social services agency
  • Supportive living residence
  • Women’s shelter
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Tuition$3,224$13,014
Compulsory Ancillary

$1,091

$1,796
Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$4,315$14,810

Please note: fees are based on the 2015-2016 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placements

Your learning experience will be complemented by a 650-hour field placement with qualified, professional practitioners in a minimum of two different settings.

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PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: SSWK
  • Program length: Two Year
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $3,224 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: September 2016
    • Program intake status is Open Open: January 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2016
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