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Social Service Worker

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 01221 Length: 4 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

or

or

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

For further information, see Admission Requirements.

Mature Applicants

Diplomas and Certificates

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

Degrees

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

Diplomas and Certificates

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

Degrees

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

University Transfer Applicants

Diplomas and Certificates

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

Degrees

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

 


Post-Admission Requirements:

  • Throughout the program, employers who provide field placement opportunities may require students to undergo a vulnerable sector check for criminal offences.
  • Mandatory bonding is a requirement for some sectors of the corrections field.

It is important for potential students to understand that the requirements noted above are beyond the control of Humber and may prevent students from completing the full program including the field placement component and/or securing employment. Applicants are advised to check the requirements for specific positions in which they are interested before enrolling in this program.

Note: A vulnerable sector check will be requested during your program of study. In respect of the 90-day limit on validity of checks and the types of checks required by various agencies, please do not attain a vulnerable sector check prior to being accepted to the program. Faculty will support students upon arrival to the program to ensure they apply for the correct type of police documentation at the appropriate time.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2018LakeshoreOpenClosed
September 2018OrangevilleOpenNot Available

The 2018-2019 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,922.70
  • international: $14,964.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$400 – supplies (per semester), transportation costs to and from field placement (varies).

Fees by Semester 

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Humber Degree Pathways

Complete your degree with us. Humber's degrees are designed with our diploma graduates in mind. We'll give you credit for what you've already learned and help you take the next step in less time. Humber also awards a $2500 degree scholarship to diploma graduates with a program grade point average of 80% or more.

Graduates may be considered for admission to:

Behavioural Science, Bachelor of 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of seven semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

 *Block semester available Winter 2018

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Community Development, Bachelor of 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

 **Block Semester Available Fall 2019

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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University of Guelph-Humber Partnerships

Qualified graduates may be eligible for transfer to the University of Guelph-Humber.
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Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates

Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.

Ontario Graduate Certificates >

Ontario Transfer Options

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Program Contact(s)

Lisa Morris, program co-ordinator
(full-time students)
416.675.6622 ext. 2608
lisa.morris@humber.ca

Meagan Kinsella, program co-ordinator
(part-time students)
416.675.6622 ext. 2628
meagan.kinsella@humber.ca

communityservices.humber.ca

Admissions

416-675-5000
enquiry@humber.ca

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
international@humber.ca

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Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Join a Humber information session for this program on January 29, 2018.

Our Program

Humber’s Social Service Worker diploma program prepares you to work with people in a professional helping role. Approaching your education from an individual and a community perspective, you will learn how to empower people to meet their goals and to access needed services and programs.

Our curriculum is updated frequently to ensure that what you are learning is current and relevant. Skilled, committed faculty with real-life work experience in the human services field teach with a focus on promoting equity and addressing barriers people face on the basis of race, class, disabilities, gender or sexual orientation.

You will study topics such as human behaviour and development; interpersonal, interviewing and counselling skills; family dynamics; legislation and social policy; and how to work effectively with groups and communities.You will develop the skills needed to intervene in crisis situations and to work with a broad range of people including those experiencing poverty, settlement challenges, domestic violence, mental health issues and substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and other challenging life events.

The Social Service Worker program is also offered part time.

 

Courses Program Standards Part Time Stream

Curriculum

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Compulsory Courses20182019
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SSW 101: Urban Sociology  
SSW 102: Human Growth and Behaviour  
SSW 103: Orientation to Human Services  
SSW 108: Interpersonal and Group Skills  
SSW 153: Counselling Skills 1  
WRIT 100: College Reading and Writing Skills  
SSW 154: Family Dynamics  
SSW 155: Cross-Cultural Skills  
SSW 157: Field Practice and Seminar 1  
SSW 210: Counselling Skills 2  
SSW 255: Case Management: Advocacy  
WRIT 200: Workplace Writing Skills  
GNED 101: An Introduction to Arts and Sciences  
SSW 208: Political Process  
SSW 209: Mental Health Foundations  
SSW 212: Community Development  
SSW 213: Crisis Intervention and Trauma  
SSW 257: Field Practice and Seminar 2  
SSW 252: Agency Administration and Fundraising  
SSW 254: Legislation in Human Services  
SSW 258: Independent Study  
SSW 259: Special Topics in Social Service Work  
SSW 267: Field Practice and Seminar 3  
Take 1 of the following electives20182019
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ANTH 202: Physical Anthropology  
ANTH 205: Cultural Anthropology  
ARTS 138: Understanding Movies: An Introduction to Film Studies  
ARTS 229: Musical Pioneers  
ARTS 246: Art and Artists: Money, Madness and Masterpieces  
CULT 120: Indigenous Perspectives on Music, Film and Media  
CULT 206: Canadian Society and Culture  
CULT 211: Conspiracy Theories and Critical Thinking  
CULT 214: AlterNative Pathways: Aboriginal People in Canada  
CULT 217: Encounter with Latin America: Space, Time and Culture  
CULT 228: Popular Culture: Shaping How We Live  
CULT 229: Understanding Diversity: The World in Canada  
CULT 236: China: The Next Superpower  
CULT 239: Digital Culture  
CULT 242: Culture, Technology and Identity  
CULT 243: Crossing Borders: Migration and Culture  
CULT 244: Gender, Race and Ethnicity  
CULT 245: The Body: Beauty, Sex and Consumerism  
CULT 248: Women and Popular Culture  
ECON 150: Real Life Economics  
ECON 204: People, Money and Markets  
ECON 206: The History of Money  
ENGL 150: Literature: An Introduction  
ENGL 210: Bestsellers  
ENGL 213: World Literature  
ENGL 221: Science Fiction  
ENGL 235: Quests and Heroes  
ENGL 236: Literature Of Sport  
ENGL 237: Caribbean Literature  
ENGL 239: Dark Days Ahead  
ENGL 242: Pulp Fiction  
ENGL 245: The Short Story  
ENGL 246: Contemporary Fiction  
ENGL 247: Life Stories  
ENGL 248: Voices from the Underground: The Alienated Self in Modern Literature  
ENGL 280: Exploring Children's Literature  
FREN 104: French and the Francophone World  
GENX 001: General Education Exempt  
GEOG 210: The Nature of Ontario  
GEOG 211: Physical Geography  
GEOG 212: Political Geography  
GEOG 213: Urban Geography  
GNEX 001: General Education Transfer  
HIST 150: An Introduction to Canadian History  
HIST 203: Monsters of the 20th Century  
HIST 212: History Now  
HIST 217: History of War  
HIST 218: The Making of the Modern World  
HIST 222: The Age of Europe: From the Enlightenment to 1989  
HIST 225: Resistance and Rebellion Around the World  
HIST 240: Law and Society  
HUMA 060: The World of Myths and Legends  
HUMA 137: Art Matters: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art  
HUMA 222: Ideas that Shaped the World  
HUMA 226: The Arts and the 21st Century Imagination: Longing for Paradise  
HUMA 230: Women and Religious Traditions  
HUMA 235: World Religions: Western and Eastern Traditions  
HUMA 240: Rethinking Animals  
HUMA 242: Vampires in Film and Literature  
HUMA 248: Afro-Caribbean Religions of Resistance  
HUMA 250: God, Science and Religion  
HUMA 255: Death and the Afterlife: Global Perspectives  
HUMA 260: The World of Myths and Legends  
HUMA 344: Ordinary Heroes, Extraordinary Lives  
IKN 100: Original People: Culture, Knowledge and Worldview  
IKN 101: Indigenous Cultural Values: Behaviour and Identity  
IKN 200: Indigenous Family and Community  
IKN 201: Encounter, Change, Resistance and Renewal  
IKN 300: Original People: Land, Environment and Relationship  
IKN 301: Indigenous Wholeness, Health and Well-Being  
IKN 302: Indigenous People and the Justice System  
IKN 303: Contemporary Native Issues  
MILE 210: Italy: Art and Architecture  
MILE 215: Great Cities: USA  
PHIL 120: Philosophy: A History of Ideas  
PHIL 150: The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy  
PHIL 217: Ethical Issues  
PHIL 222: Justice: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law  
PHIL 225: Philosophy of Love and Sex  
PHIL 226: World Philosophy  
PHIL 227: Business Ethics  
PHIL 228: Success: Philosophical Perspectives  
PHIL 229: Violence, Order and Justice: An Introduction to Political Philosophy  
PHIL 230: Environmental Ethics  
PHIL 235: Technology, Values, and Science  
POLS 150: Introduction to Politics  
POLS 206: Morality, Democracy and Politics  
POLS 219: Globalization  
POLS 220: Politics in an Apocalyptic World: Zombies, Aliens, and Killer Viruses  
POLS 223: War and Terrorism  
POLS 224: Justice, Equality and Rights  
POLS 225: Environmental Policy and Economics  
PSYC 110: Groups, Teams and Their Dynamics  
PSYC 150: Psychology: Introduction  
PSYC 210: Psychology: Developmental  
PSYC 224: Psychology: Social  
PSYC 230: Psychology: Abnormal  
PSYC 245: Personality and its Assessment: Who am I? (And how do I know?)  
SCIE 150: The Science of Everything  
SCIE 209: Water: A Life or Death Issue  
SCIE 213: Astronomy: The Evolving Universe  
SCIE 216: Origins of Life  
SCIE 218: Science Behind the Headlines  
SCIE 219: Dangerous Earth  
SCIE 221: The Environment  
SCIE 222: Big History: A Biography of the Universe  
SCIE 223: Astrobiology: Life in the Universe  
SCIE 224: Discovering Dinosaurs  
SOCE 006: Canadian Society and Culture  
SOCI 150: Sociology: Introduction  
SOCI 207: Social Entrepreneurship: Profit, People and the Planet  
SOCI 211: Sociology of the Everyday Life  
SOCI 218: Population and Social Change  
SOCI 219: Sport and Society  
SOCI 226: Health and Society  
SOCI 227: Environmental Citizenship  
SOCI 232: Gender, Power and Society  
SOCI 233: Sociology of Cultural Difference  
SOCI 234: Society and Conflict  
SOCI 236: Issues in Crime  
SOCI 237: The Sociology of Fashion  
SOCI 238: Sociology of Food  
SOCI 239: Citizenship, Immigration and Democracy  
SOCI 240: Sociology of the Family  
SOCI 246: Sociology of Emotions  
SOCI 247: Leadership  
SOCI 249: Imagining the City  
SOCI 257: Canada Today  
SOCI 277: Sexual Diversity: Contemporary Social Issues  

How will Courses be Delivered for Part-Time Diploma?

Courses will be taught at the Humber Lakeshore Campus on evenings, weekends and during intensive Summer Institutes with course work condensed into five or six days. Select courses are also delivered at the Humber North Campus. Some courses will be available online or onsite at your agency. Any agency with 20 or more staff who are interested in the program may arrange for courses to be delivered onsite. In addition to inclass courses, students are require to complete 3 work placements. Should a student already have prior experience in the Human Services field, they may be eligible for prior learning credits.

Work Placement

We will co-ordinate two unpaid work placements with you.

Your first-year placement, which begins in the winter semester, is two days per week. Your second-year fall placement runs throughout the academic year and is two days per week with a one-week block in October and March.

The Humber Experience

Watch the video to find out why our graduates entered the program and how it prepared them for a career in the Human Services sector.

Advisory Committee

The advisory committee is comprised of people with extensive experience in the social service work profession, representing a variety of settings that employ Social Service Worker graduates. Many are members of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Social Services Workers.

Community Partnerships

Humber has successful partnerships with an extensive list of agencies that provide placements and/or employment opportunities for students/graduates: The Canadian Mental Health Association – Court Support, Victim Services of Peel, Bayview Community Services, Toronto Bail Program, Toronto Association for Community Living, LAMP, Probation and Parole, and Native Child and Family Services.

Your Career

Prepare for work in women’s shelters, community centres, refugee centres, youth employment agencies, hostels, drop-in centres for homeless people, other social assistance agencies, group homes and with clients who have psychiatric issues, developmental delays or disabilities, and in agencies in the justice system.

Gain skills needed to become a case manager, intake worker, residential counsellor, community/family support worker, or mental health or outreach worker.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Social Service Worker Association (OSSWA).

This information is accurate as of December 2016.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.