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Social Service Worker

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
0009
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

Social service workers play an important role in ensuring the well-being of our society. In this program, students will gain knowledge to enhance relationships and develop skills to work with all segments of the population, individuals, families and community. The program places emphasis on enhancing self-awareness, emotional maturity and respect for diversity and inclusion. Skills in counselling, group work, and community development are developed through role-playing, simulations and meaningful field experiences. Additional studies in family interventions and sustainability of services support graduates to develop a strong foundation for social service practice.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 72

Note:

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Social Service Worker - Program # 0009

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $57.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2263.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4183.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Social Service Worker - Program # 0009


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $57.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7332.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14057.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates find employment as direct service providers with a variety of social service agencies such as residential services for special populations, women's crisis services, programs for children and youth, and services for the unemployed. Graduates have advanced standing opportunities toward degree completion in Conestoga's Bachelor of Early Learning Program Development; degree completion opportunities in Conestoga's Bachelor of Community and Criminal Justice; and degree completion opportunities toward a Bachelor of Social Development Studies at Renison College, University of Waterloo. Graduates of the program are eligible to register with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

On average, 79% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details for 2017 / 2018
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PSYC1040 Developmental Psychology

Description: This course combines the numerous theories of human growth and development, as well as practical appliction of the material as it relates to the human services field. It includes physical, social, intellectual, emotional and behavioural development from the contest of both family and community. The course also examines unusual and abnormal development or behavioural patterns. One hour weekly seminars provide a human services related perspective to the material, each one focusing on a specific phase of the life span. This course is part of the Recreation and Leisure Services program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

SOCS1015 Introduction to Professional Practice

Description: This course will introduce students to the professional practice of social service work. Through an examination of values and personal styles, students will develop an awareness of self as an essential component of the helping relationship.
With a view to population focused practice, students will review theories of helping and principles fundamental to establishing a professional relationship and apply skills for beginning the helping process.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

SOCS1040 Social Service Systems I

Description: This course provides students with an historical and theoretical basis upon which to study the existing community social service systems in terms of levels of government roles, function, structure, administration and funding. Current social service delivery issues such as shared service, conferencing, service resolution, community policing and volunteer/client management will be explored and discussed.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

SOCS1050 Social Work And The Law

Description: This course will develop the student's awareness of the impact that legislation has on social development and the social work profession. Students will examine a number of topics ( i.e., marriage divorce, separation, mediation , child welfare, mental health, youth criminal justice, tenant protection, government support/disability, evidence, court types and the Charter of Rights/Ontario human Rights Code) in relation to the following Acts( Family Law, Child and Family Services, Youth Criminal Justice, Ontario Works/ Ontario Disability Support, Mental Health and Tenant Protection) . In addition, students will examine their own values in relation to social work and the law, and recognize the impact that the law has on future clientele.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

SOCS1060 Group Process And Dynamics

Description: This course introduces concepts involved in group process, group dynamics and the stages of group development exploring group work with children, youth, adults and older adults. Leadership skills and characteristics, as well as ethical standards in group work are examined .Students learn through participation in an experiential group setting with the opportunity to focus on skills development using role plays and simulation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

SOCS1035 Techniques Of Interviewing & Assessment

Description: This course will provide students with beginning assessment and interviewing skills. The primary focus will be on developing a relationship with a client and adapting these skills to various practice settings. Role-plays and simulations will provide an opportunity for students to begin practicing their skills. Evaluation will ensure a basic level of competence prior to entering the second year field placement.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: SOCS1060
CoRequisites:

SOCS1070 Field Work I

Description: Through a field placement experience assigned to students in consultation with program faculty, students will begin the process of relating theory to practice. Students will observe and participate in agency functioning at a level appropriate to that agency and reflective of professional conduct. Although not responsible for a specific "caseload", students will have some direct client contact under close supervision of the agency's field supervisor for assignment purposes. In addition, students will also have the opportunity to begin to assess their own learning and career goals as they begin to explore the field of social service work.
Hours: 140
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: SOCS1015, SOCS1060
CoRequisites: SOCS1370

SOCS1360 Working with Diverse Populations

Description: This course will introduce students to the principles of working with diverse populations. Through examination and discussion, students will develop an awareness of their own views about diversity. They will develop an understanding of the impacted groups and devise interaction strategies which demonstrate respect for diversity. They will demonstrate knowledge of the role of the social work professional in advancing social inclusion, diversity, equity and social justice.
Hours: 27
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

SOCS1370 Field Seminar: Preparing for Professional Practice

Description: This course will provide students with opportunity to integrate theory and practice in preparation for practice as an emerging Social Service Worker through field placement experience. Through seminar groups and presentations, students will discuss course material, examine personal growth and develop a plan for their field placement experience. They will create a resume, describe employee expectations and explain the importance of professional behaviour.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: SOCS1015
CoRequisites: SOCS1070

SOCS2110 Community Organization I

Description: Social Service Systems Casework I
Hours: 27
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: SOCS1040, SOCS1050
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
COMM1360 Professional Communication

Description: This course will examine the verbal and non-verbal components of professional communication in the social work profession. Through report-writing and presentations, students will demonstrate research, analysis and writing skills. In addition, they will demonstrate awareness of self and professional collaboration skills in the creation and expression of relevant policy documents related to social work.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

SOCS1100 Field Work II (Social Services)

Description: Students, in consultation with program faculty and through an interview process, are assigned to a social service agency two days a week from September to December. Students will carry responsibilities for working with individuals and groups in the agency setting under close supervision of an agency supervisor. Field Work provides a significant practical learning laboratory where theory and practice come together. A student is required to follow all codes of conduct deemed appropriate by the agency and consistent with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
Hours: 224
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites: SOCS1070
CoRequisites: SOCS2055

SOCS2020 Social Work Values And Ethics

Description: The purpose of this course is to enable students to enhance their awareness of the role of a professional social service worker within the context of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Students will develop contextual professional decision-making skills through the lens of the Professional Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice while examining their own values and beliefs.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: SOCS1050
CoRequisites:

SOCS2030 Counselling Interventions

Description: This course is designed to expand the student's understanding of the purpose and use of case management and counselling intervention. Emphasis is placed on the development of a purposeful relationship, assessment, contracting and evaluation skills. The Integrative, Contemplation, and Strengths Models will provide the student with a practical, yet organized framework for completing the process of assessment, contracting , working, and termination stages of the helping process. Building on skills gained in previous courses, student will enhance their awareness of the conscious use of self in a professional helping relationship and will demonstrate a more in depth analysis of intervention skills utilized at the "working stage" of the counselling process, and in particular situations of crisis and trauma.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: SOCS1070
CoRequisites:

SOCS2055 Field Seminar: Expansion of Professional Practice

Description: Building on their field placement experiences, students will continue to strengthen the integration of theory into practice as emerging Social Service Workers. Through seminar class and reflective group discussion experiences, students will develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self-care, improved job performance and enhanced work relationships.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: SOCS1100

SOCS2060 Group Work: Assessment, Intervention And Evaluation

Description: This course examines the processes and principles of developing strategies for the creation of group for the purpose of change in the social service work profession. Starting from needs assessment through to implementation, students will become familiar with a set of therapeutic interventions designed to be applied within a wide variety of small group settings. Students will demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application of empirical methods of evaluation in group work practice.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: SOCS1070
CoRequisites:

SOCS2080 Understanding Families: A Systems Approach

Description: This course expands the concept of a family as a psychosocial system that is powerful in affecting the development and behaviour of its members. Individual problems will be viewed through the lens of the impact of culture and social context, and the influence family membership and previous generations have on current functioning of the family unit. Students will integrate theoretical concepts and apply in exploring their own family of origin and the impact that their system has on their professional growth.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: SOCS1050
CoRequisites:

SOCS2165 Simulation in Practice I

Description: This course will provide students with opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills to support clients experiencing severe mental health concerns (psychotic symptoms). Through practical and interactive experiences students will demonstrate professional competence in assessment and interviewing within the community and institutional settings. They will demonstrate an increased awareness of supporting diverse needs and individual experiences that promote client autonomy and self -regulation.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: SOCS1070
CoRequisites:

Level 4
SOCS2015 Violence/Abuse/Neglect

Description: This course provides a comprehensive examination of the presence and effects of violence in our society by introducing the student to the scope and complexity of abuse of children, intimate partners and the elderly. Through a process of assessment of offenders and victims, the role of the legal system, and an examination of intervention strategies students will acquire an appreciation of concepts required to enhance the quality of life of others and advocate for appropriate access to resources to assist individuals, families, groups and communities.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: SOCS2080
CoRequisites:

SOCS2040 Group Work: Practical Applications

Description: This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine group work applications in a variety of settings in the social services field. Students will develop leadership skills through planning, member assessment, facilitating and evaluating a group. Emphasis will be placed on an analysis of the student's ability to determine goals, develop and implement a program structure, use relevant interventions and formally measure the effectiveness of the program.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: SOCS2060
CoRequisites:

SOCS2130 Field Work III (Social Services)

Description: Field Work III is a continuation of Field Work II. It provides the student with practical experience in a social service agency setting from January to April. Field Work II builds upon the skills acquired in Field Work II, allows the student to accept higher levels of responsibility and enables the student to fully integrate theory and practice.
Hours: 238
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites: SOCS1100
CoRequisites: SOCS2200

SOCS2175 Simulation in Practice II

Description: Building on knowledge and skills from Conflict Mediation Practice I, this course will advance students' abilities in conflict mediation. Through strategically designed interactive experiences, students will critique effective conflict mediation strategies. In addition, they will design, implement, and evaluate appropriate and effective mediation practices that support the well-being of individuals and groups.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: SOCS2160 or SOCS2165
CoRequisites:

SOCS2180 Intervention in Family Practice

Description: This course examines the complexities of supporting families through multiple lenses and from various models of intervention . With a view to building on families' strengths, students will explore, develop and critique interviewing and assessment skills that lead to the development of a plan to facilitate change. In addition, through workshops and presentations, students will research, analyze and present information about family issues, appropriate interventions, and community referrals.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: SOCS2080
CoRequisites:

SOCS2190 Sustainability for the Not-For-Profit Sector

Description: This course examines the complexities of a sustainable not-for-profit sector through social, legal, economic and values-based perspectives of communities. Students will research, analyze and produce a professional document that supports sustainability. In addition, they will demonstrate professional communication skills for advocating for a sustainable not-for-profit sector.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: SOCS2110
CoRequisites:

SOCS2200 Field Seminar: Consolidation of Professional Practice

Description: Building on their field placement experiences, students will continue to strengthen the integration of theory into practice as emerging Social Service Workers. Through seminar class and reflective group discussion experiences, students will develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self-development, improved professional performance and enhanced work relationships.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: SOCS2055
CoRequisites: SOCS2130

Electives: General Education
Student must pass 1 Course(s)

Program Outcomes

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