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 and advocate for people to meet their goals and to access needed services and programs.
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.
*International students may only apply at the Lakeshore campus.Courses Program Standards Part Time Stream
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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 electives||2019||2020|
|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 220: News: Constructed and Consumed|
|CULT 228: Popular Culture: Shaping How We Live|
|CULT 229: Understanding Diversity: The World in Canada|
|CULT 239: Digital Culture|
|CULT 242: Culture, Technology and Identity|
|CULT 243: Crossing Borders: Migration and Culture|
|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 239: Dark Days Ahead|
|GEOG 211: Physical Geography|
|GEOG 212: Political Geography|
|HIST 217: History of War|
|HIST 240: Law and Society|
|HUMA 137: Art Matters: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Art|
|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 250: God, Science and Religion|
|HUMA 255: Death and the Afterlife: Global Perspectives|
|HUMA 260: The World of Myths and Legends|
|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|
|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|
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Develop respectful and collaborative professional and interpersonal relationships that adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Develop strategies and approaches to implement and maintain holistic self-care as a member of a human service profession.
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.
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.
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.
You will work together with a field placement co-ordinator to align two unpaid field placements with one of our community partners.
Your first-year placement begins in the January semester and your second-year placement runs throughout the academic year. Placements are two days per week. You will have the opportunity to experience a full work week in Semesters 2, 3, and 4.
|START DATE||LOCATION||STATUS||INTERNATIONAL STATUS|
|September 2019||Orangeville||Waitlisted||Not Available|
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.
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 and group homes and in agencies in the justice system. You will deal with a range of clients including individuals with psychiatric issues, developmental delays and disabilities.
Gain skills needed to become a case manager, intake worker, residential counsellor, community/family support worker, or mental health or outreach worker.
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW)
Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW).
Ontario Social Service Worker Association (OSSWA)
Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Social Service Worker Association (OSSWA).
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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.
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.
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On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.