Social Service Worker

Social service worker with a young person

Program at a glance

Program code: 
Ontario College Diploma
Length of study: 
2 years
Study options: 
Campus location: 
College Drive

This program will give you the knowledge and skills you need to enter this dynamic and rewarding career field. Learn skills and methods that will qualify you to work in a variety of settings and challenging situations. You will also gain unique exposure and insight into Aboriginal history, culture and practice, which will be valuable to individuals looking for employment in northern communities. * Community placement opportunity.


Interprofessional Education at Canadore College

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Your Future Career

  • Crisis prevention/intervention programs
  • Residential facilities
  • Children’s programs and services
  • Correctional facilities programs
  • Programs and services for youth
  • Educational/teaching assistant
  • Mental health services
  • Long-term care facilities

What You Learn

  • Crisis intervention
  • Human development
  • Family dynamics
  • Substance abuse training
  • Special issues in social work
  • Human service and the law
  • Canada's First Peoples
  • Interviewing techniques
Admission Requirements: 

Program Prerequisites

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U


Other Requirements

A completed Canadore College Health Centre form including medical history, immunization record, and a two-step tuberculosis (TB) test is required.

In order to be ready for employment upon graduation, it is suggested that all students obtain a First Aid and CPR certificate prior to graduation. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student.


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Semester One - Fall:

CMM 125College Communication I
DAC 180Introduction to Substance Abuse
HSP 105Interviewing I
HSP 150Multiculturalism in Canada
PSY 200Growth and Development
SOC 100

Foundations of Sociology

SSW 100History and Philosophy of Social Work
HSP 194Introduction to the Helping Profession

Semester Two - Winter:

CMM 230Workplace Communications
HSP 104Human Service and the Law
CLT 100Canada's First Peoples
HSP 160Interviewing II
HSP 165Mental Health Across the Lifespan
HUM 219Group Work
GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online
HSP 155Family Dynamics


Semester Three - Fall:

SSW 298Special Issues in Social Work
HSP 290Crisis Intervention
GENEDGeneral Education Elective - Online
SSW 205

SSW Methods: Administration and Organization

SSW 225

SSW Methods of Intervention

SSW 238

SSW Methods: Family Violence

SSW 294

Accountable Professional

SSW 292

Fieldwork Preparation


Semester Four - Winter:

SSW 293Fieldwork Integration (1st 7 wks)
SSW 295Fieldwork Placement


 Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of information provided on our website. The College reserves the right to modify any course, program, curriculum, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time.

Field Placement: 

Students will be required to complete a field placement during the two-year program.

A Criminal Reference Check is very often required in order to go to placement. If you have been convicted of an offense under the Criminal Code for which you have not been pardoned, you could be ineligible for field placements. Students should not obtain a Criminal Reference Check until directed to do so by the Placement Liaison Officer. All associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

Canadore College reserves the right to place students in any field placement that is determined to be appropriate. Students must be prepared to travel to and from placements and/or relocate at their own expense.

Learning Outcomes: 

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Additional Credentials: 


Graduates can apply to become members of the "Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers".


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