Community and Justice Services (Year 1)

Ontario College Diploma (33 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 0466X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

*Only Year 1 is available online. The remainder of the program must be completed full-time on campus.

Other Delivery Options

Full-time Online
Full-time On Campus

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program prepares students for employment in a variety of careers in the community and justice services field. Students are trained in the legal and theoretical aspects of behaviour (including criminal behaviour), safety and security measures and techniques, and interviewing and intervention skills. Students also study topics including addictions, mental illness, group dynamics, behaviour management, communications, special populations (such as Aboriginal and female offenders) and the role of victims in the criminal justice system. Graduates are prepared for work with a variety of client populations, including youth and young offenders, male and female adult clients, adult offenders in both community and correctional settings, and victims of crime.

The first year of the program is offered online. Qualified students in Levels 03 and 04 participate in a field placement in a community and/or justice service agency where they are provided opportunities to develop communication and interpersonal skills. Emphasis is placed on behavioural assessment and case management, report writing and building professional client-worker relationships appropriate to the setting. This work-integrated learning experience also allows students to make immediate and significant contributions to the field.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have a desire and willingness to make a difference in their community.
  • Are team players.
  • Possess a strong work ethic.
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Are able to work independently.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in:

  • Community-based agencies offering programs and support to youth and/or adults who need services related to issues such as mental health, addictions, employment, shelter and other life challenges.
  • Justice-related agencies offering services to youth and/or adults who are in conflict with the law, or who are at risk of being in conflict.
  • A variety of residential facilities providing shelter or transitional supportive housing.
  • services and programs serving and supporting victims of crime.
  • Provincial or federal correctional institutions (note that all provincial and federal corrections require newly hired officers to take government-mandated training in addition to this diploma).

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
Program Eligibility
  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • All applicants must complete the Community and Justice Admissions Assessment through the Test Centre. Applicants will be required to pay the current fee of $50 (subject to change).

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and along with proof of either:

  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR
  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

Program-specific Requirements

Though not an admission requirement, applicants must note the important information listed below regarding program-specific requirements.

Program Progression

This applies to all students studying on-campus and online.

Upon admission to the program, all students must submit current (no older than six months) Criminal Records Checks, and complete the College's Health Assessment process, which includes ensuring that immunizations are up to date.

Note: a student with a criminal record may still be able to progress in and complete the program, but such a record may impede a student's ability to be accepted as a field placement student and to participate in course-related tours. A record may also affect a student's ability to secure employment after graduation.

Program progression (advancement into subsequent semesters) is contingent upon your success in a number of areas, including fulfilling the program-specific requirements and the following ones:

In each course, if you fail one component, you may be eligible to receive an "FSP" (Failure with Supplemental Privilege) and may be permitted an additional opportunity to successfully demonstrate the course learning requirements. If you fail more than one component, you will receive an "F" in the course, and therefore will not receive supplemental privileges.

You are required to obtain passing grades in all program courses in order to proceed, and if you fail 3 or more courses, you will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Field Placement Eligibility

To be eligible for placement, all third-level students must:

  • have completed of all Levels 01, 02 and 03 courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • submit a Police Records Check (for work with vulnerable populations), a copy of which will be required by the placement agency
  • complete the Health Assessment process for returning students, which includes ensuring that immunizations are up to date; placement agencies may require a copy of current immunization records as well
  • provide proof of certification in standard First Aid/CPR (which must be valid upon graduation)

Note: Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of appropriate and approved program partner agencies. Also, it is the responsibility of the student to pay for and obtain all program- and placement-required documents and certifications.

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
Program Eligibility
  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Successfully complete a reading comprehension test for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.
  • Proof of Level "C" First Aid certification and CPR must be shown prior to field placement and must be valid upon graduation.
Police Records Check Documentation

Successful completion of field placement is a requirement for graduation from the Community and Justice Services program. Agencies that provide tour and placement opportunities require students to have a clear police records check (a standard check is required in the first year of the program, while a check for service with the vulnerable sector (PRCSVS) is required in second year, prior to placement). If a student registers in the program without a clear police records check and as a result is unable to participate in placement, the student will not be able to graduate.

Field Placement Eligibility

Acceptance for placement is at the discretion of appropriate and approved program-partner agencies. To be eligible for placement, a student must submit a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS), a copy of which will be retained on the departmental file and used only for purposes related to placement, and a copy of which will be submitted to the placement agency. Students are also required to show proof of up-to-date immunization as part of the College's health process; placement agencies may require a copy of current immunization records as well.

Note: It is the responsibility of the student to pay for and obtain the PRCSVS from a local police department prior to the deadline set by the program faculty. It may take a long period of time to obtain the documentation, so the application for the check should be submitted as early as possible. Should students require further information, contact the Program Coordinator or Academic Chair.


Only year one of this program is available online. The second year must be completed at the Woodroffe Campus.

Substitutes and equivalencies for Winter 2017

  • The course ENL1813A is not available this semester, ENL1813S is the equivalent.
  • The course COR1923 is not available this semester, PFP2010 is the equivalent.
  • The course ENL1823A is not available this semester, ENL1823 is the equivalent.

An Articulation Agreement between Carleton University and Algonquin College permits graduates with an Ontario College Diploma in Community and Justice Services from Algonquin College to apply for admission into the B.A. program at Carleton University. Successful applicants are granted 5.0 credits on admission towards the completion of a B.A. in either Criminology, Law, Psychology or Sociology. Students may find further information on degree pathways online.

To register for Field Placement I (COR1930) in Level 03, students must successfully complete the first year of the program with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Lindsay Spires, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6284 or


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
Series: 01
COR175430.0Psychology for Community and Justice ServicesOnline Learning
COR191030.0Social Issues SeminarOnline Learning
COR191445.0Victim and Offender ProgramsOnline Learning
COR191545.0Group DynamicsOnline Learning
COR192845.0Sociology and DevianceOnline Learning
COR195060.0Canadian Justice System and LegislationOnline Learning
COR195130.0Safe and Secure EnvironmentOnline Learning
ENL1813A45.0Communications ICommunications I

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Series: 02
COR173745.0Abnormal PsychologyOnline Learning Online Learning
COR192060.0Intervention TechniquesBlank Icon Online Learning
COR192130.0Youth Justice IBlank Icon Online Learning

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COR192430.0PenologyBlank Icon Online Learning
COR192730.0Life Skills CounsellingBlank Icon Online Learning
COR195530.0Special Populations IBlank Icon Online Learning
COR195630.0Correctional PracticesBlank Icon Online Learning
ENL1823A45.0Communications IICommunications II

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Series: 03
COR179727.0Sexual Awareness for Community and Justice ServicesSexual Awareness for Community and Justice Services

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COR1930154.0Field Placement IField Placement I

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COR193118.0Field Placement Seminar IField Placement Seminar I

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COR193236.0Youth Justice II- AppliedYouth Justice II- Applied

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COR193627.0Personal Health and SafetyPersonal Health and Safety

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COR193718.0Addictions IAddictions I

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COR195218.0Behaviour Management (Pmab)Behaviour Management (Pmab)

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COR195427.0Special Populations IISpecial Populations II

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General Education Elective: choose 1
ART000848.0Art History and TheoryBlank Icon Online Learning
DAT011345.0Growing Up Digital - Living and Working in CanadaBlank Icon Online Learning
ENL000942.0Introduction to Children's LiteratureOnline Learning Online Learning
ENL001042.0Science FictionOnline Learning Online Learning
ENL179845.0Contemporary Canadian IssuesOnline Learning Online Learning
ENV000245.0Environmental CitizenshipBlank Icon Online Learning
FAM100345.0Psychology of LearningBlank Icon Online Learning
GED710545.0Professionalism and EthicsOnline Learning Online Learning
GEO000142.0Political GeographyPolitical Geography

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GEO000245.0Introduction to Geology: an Overview of Planet EarthBlank Icon Online Learning
GEO000345.0Geography and TourismBlank Icon Online Learning
GEO500345.0Introduction to Paleontology (Fossils)Blank Icon Online Learning
HLT013945.0Introduction to Complementary TherapiesIntroduction to Complementary Therapies

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MGT234645.0Introduction to E-BusinessOnline Learning Online Learning
PSI000242.0Canadian PoliticsBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY000145.0Co-Dependency as an AddictionBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY000245.0Domestic and Workplace ViolenceBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY000745.0Cults and TerrorismOnline Learning Online Learning
PSY001045.0Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic MindsBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY001145.0Criminal Psychology II - Criminal MindsBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY001442.0Learning, Thinking and Problem SolvingBlank Icon Online Learning
PSY001545.0Social PsychologyBlank Icon Online Learning
SSC004842.0Technology: Apocalypse Or Eden?Technology: Apocalypse Or Eden?

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SSC501242.0Racism and DiscriminationBlank Icon Online Learning
Series: 04
COR173118.0Victims and the Canadian Justice SystemVictims and the Canadian Justice System

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COR179918.0Correctional DisturbancesCorrectional Disturbances

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COR193818.0Addictions IIAddictions II

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COR1940154.0Field Placement IIField Placement II

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COR194236.0Field Placement Seminar IIField Placement Seminar II

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COR194718.0Intervention with FamiliesIntervention with Families

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ENL1866F30.0Communications III for Community and Justice ServicesCommunications III for Community and Justice Services

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COR1754 Psychology for Community and Justice Services

Students become familiar with the vocabulary and theory, and apply these concepts towards understanding behaviour from a psychological perspective.

COR1910 Social Issues Seminar

The objective is to stimulate personal and professional growth through discussions about attitudes, feelings, and experiences related to the field of community and justice services. The focus is on gradual preparation for practicum by exposure to a variety of perspectives on current social issues. Group discussion, audio-visual materials, films, specific articles and personal journals are used in this process.

COR1914 Victim and Offender Programs

Students are introduced to available services and programs for young and adult offenders and victims. This includes programs inside institutions, alternatives to incarceration, after-care and halfway house programs, and community services and programs designed to assist victims. Topics are discussed in a seminar-type learning environment, enhanced by guest speakers from various community and institutional resources.

COR1915 Group Dynamics

Group behaviour and behavioural theories are introduced. Students develop the skills and understanding necessary to work with groups (as a leader) and in groups (as an effective team member).

COR1928 Sociology and Deviance

Students are provided with knowledge of culture, socialization, social roles and institutions, group behaviour and social stratification. The major theoretical perspectives in sociology are presented and discussed. The above sociological concepts are also considered in terms of their relationship to the study of deviance. As well, causes of deviance and various forms of deviant behaviour are examined. Sub-cultures, gangs, deviant worlds and structural elements of deviance are highlighted. Students consider the changing nature of deviant definitions in our society.

Co-requisites: COR1754

COR1950 Canadian Justice System and Legislation

Students are introduced to the organization and structure of the judicial system. The main components of this system, such as the law, police, courts, corrections, and community, as well as analysis of their interdependence are examined. The relevant governing legislation is also studied, particularly the Criminal Code of Canada and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

COR1951 Safe and Secure Environment

Students develop an understanding of the legal parameters of correctional operations, the organizational framework of federal and provincial correctional services, and an overview of staffing models and responsibilities in secure environments. Designed as an introductory module, a knowledge foundation for subsequent application of static and dynamic security skills is established.

COR1737 Abnormal Psychology

Emphasis is on the study of signs and symptoms of the major mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia and personality disorders. Additionally, there are discussions about eating and sleeping disorders, stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.

COR1920 Intervention Techniques

Focus is placed on counselling and interviewing skills, and intervention techniques. Students are provided with a theoretical framework for the client-worker relationship. In addition, students develop the interpersonal and communication skills necessary to counsel and interview clients in the field.

Pre-requisites: COR1910 AND COR1915

Co-requisites: COR1927

COR1921 Youth Justice I

A historical overview of youth and the law and a detailed examination of both historical and current youth legislation are provided. The student becomes familiar with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (2003); the Child and Family Services Act (1984); the Youth Court process, facilities and services for youth; as well as an understanding of the critical issues faced by today's youth.

COR1924 Penology

A historical overview of corrections leading to the present penal system is provided with a focus on the prevailing ideologies and practices of the day. The effectiveness of various correctional strategies, such as probation, parole, electronic monitoring and boot camps, is also examined. Federal correctional facilities are visited within the context of this course.

Pre-requisites: COR1950

COR1927 Life Skills Counselling

Students are prepared to work with individuals and/or small groups in living unit setups and/or community-based justice services. Focus is on helping clients in the following areas: preparation for community living, job readiness, job skills, budgeting, education, social and family communication skills and use of leisure time. Students develop leadership abilities by providing practical experience in conducting life skills lessons.

Pre-requisites: COR1915

Co-requisites: COR1920

COR1955 Special Populations I

Students develop an awareness and appreciation of issues specific to working with unique client groups in the community and justice services field. Students examine the legislation, policies, procedures, and interventions appropriate to the following special needs populations: female offenders/clients and aboriginal offenders/clients. Population profiles, as well as historical and theoretical perspectives, are examined.

COR1956 Correctional Practices

Essential institutional security duties are described and practised in this module. These include duties related to key control, institutional counts, post-security, personal and area searches, inmate escorts, inmate movement control, inmate segregation, control of contraband, admitting and discharge, visits and correspondence, inventory control, transportation and medications. Students are introduced to the techniques involved in writing security reports that meet institutional standards.

Pre-requisites: COR1951

ART0008 Art History and Theory

This course is designed to familiarize students with early historical foundations to present day exemplars of art making. World art with an emphasis on Western art history (from renaissance to today) and minor focus on international art (Canadian, Contemporary, Asian, First Nations, Islamic, etc.) is covered. Students will be expected to complete required readings, write an essay and final examination.

DAT0113 Growing Up Digital - Living and Working in Canada

Youth in Canada today are the first generation to grow up in a digital world and they are transforming our culture and institutions. This course looks at the Internet and its role in shaping recent history and society. It examines the impact of digital media that empowers our youth to communicate, learn, play, shop and work differently from previous generations. It also provides analytical tools to anticipate and act on what lies ahead in the future.

ENL0009 Introduction to Children's Literature

This subject will explore and evaluate the fiction, poetry and non-fiction genres of children's literature with their historical contexts as they apply.

ENL0010 Science Fiction

Science Fiction shows you other worlds; it describes possible future societies and the problems lurking ahead. It also shows how human beings can and do create these future worlds - that our future is in our hands. Science fiction stands as a bridge between science and art, between the engineers of technology and the poets of humanity.

ENL1798 Contemporary Canadian Issues

A critical understanding of contemporary Canadian issues is essential to being an active member in our democratic society. Students explore a variety of topics and analyze their ethical implications and relevance to Canadian life. Discussions and debates, as well as related interactive activities, offer opportunities to consider recent controversies from different perspectives. Use of a variety of media (e.g. newspapers, articles and electronic resources) allows for in-depth reflection on the history of current social and political issues.

ENV0002 Environmental Citizenship

Based on the general principles of national citizenship, environmental citizenship goes beyond national borders to emphasize global environmental rights and responsibilities. Focus is on both conservation and planned sustainable use of our planet's resources, as well as on the recognition that environmental health is a prerequisite to human health. Being an environmentally-aware citizen involves personal commitment to learning more about the environment and to taking responsible environmental action. Students are encouraged to adopt attitudes and behaviours that foster global environmental responsibility.

FAM1003 Psychology of Learning

To be successful, individuals need to understand how they acquire new knowledge/skills and how environmental factors impact this process. By examining a variety of theories from both historical and current perspectives, students develop an understanding of how an individual's learning is influenced by developmental, psychological and social elements. Students use real life situations to identify how these theories can be used to support learning and development within continuously changing environments.

GED7105 Professionalism and Ethics

Professionalism and ethics are the foundation for those preparing for leadership roles in the workplace, community and educational settings. By exploring the different facets of leadership theory and ethical dilemmas, students develop decision making, judgment, and personal value positions that form the basis for the examination of professional conduct and personal accountability.

GEO0002 Introduction to Geology: an Overview of Planet Earth

This introductory course examines the science known as geology, the study of the earth. The course begins with the formation of the universe, the solar system, earth and its moon and the planets. Subsequent topics include the history of the earth, describing how oceans and continents were formed, plate tectonics, the movements of the continents, rock types and their formation.

GEO0003 Geography and Tourism

This course examines the world landscapes as well as associated cultural and historical phenomena. Contemporary theories in the earth sciences such as geological time, plate tectonics, processes of erosion, and factors affecting climate are explored. The course is intended for students who wish to know more about how the physical, cultural and historical elements of the world landscape combine to make each designated region interesting and unique.

GEO5003 Introduction to Paleontology (Fossils)

This course is an introduction to the study of fossils - paleontology. It examines the evolution of life on earth, how fossils are preserved, the identification of fossils and the Geological Time Scale.

MGT2346 Introduction to E-Business

Students are provided with tools, skills, an understanding of technology, business concepts and issues that surround the emergence of electronic business. Emphasis is on that part of the Internet known as the World Wide Web (WWW), where such tools as browsers are used. In addition to acquiring basic skills for navigating the Internet, students develop an understanding of the current practices and opportunities in electronic publishing, electronic shopping, electronic distribution and electronic collaboration. Students also explore several of the problems surrounding electronic business and commerce, such as security, authentication, privacy, encryption, safeguarding of intellectual property rights, acceptable use policies and legal liabilities.

Pre-requisites: BUS2301

PSI0002 Canadian Politics

This course will provide an overview of Canadian politics covering the structure of Canadian government, the practice of politics and a background of major political issues.

PSY0001 Co-Dependency as an Addiction

This course provides an overview of how individuals can become addicted to others and relationships. It examines the personalities of abusers and those who are abused. How individuals with complimentary personality disorders unite and form bonds is examined. Object Relations Theory and how women and men are unconsciously drawn to abusive partners because of personality disorders caused by childhood abuse or neglect are the focal point of this course. Students learn how individuals with co-dependent personalities can become capable of breaking free from the cycle many get caught in.

PSY0002 Domestic and Workplace Violence

This course examines workplace, school yard and family violence. Strategies for dealing with this violence will be explored. Conflict resolution strategies will be developed which can be applied to the workplace, school or home environment. Issues such as how and why co-dependency exists as well as the battered wife syndrome and abusive males will be addressed. Students will also examine why confrontation can escalate into violence in the workplace and why bullying exists in schools.

PSY0007 Cults and Terrorism

This course focuses on conformity issues surrounding religious fundamentalism, sects, cults, and terrorist groups. The reasons why people join and why they may have a difficult time leaving, are examined. Society's contributions to supporting cultic groups are explored. Strategies for protecting individuals and vulnerable populations from cultic and terrorist activity are developed.

PSY0010 Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds

What makes a psychopath tick? Are they born that way, or are they products of society? Are serial killers really possessed with evil, or do they know exactly what they are doing? In this course, students study how and why some individuals become criminals and why some actually become killers. You study what is known about serial killers, stalkers, rapists and criminals. Also, the latest techniques used in criminal profiling and questioning are examined.

PSY0011 Criminal Psychology II - Criminal Minds

This course further explores issues discussed in Criminal Psychology - Psychopathic Minds, and compares and explains psychological models as they relate to criminology.

PSY0014 Learning, Thinking and Problem Solving

This subject examines selected knowledge about human behaviour and the use of this knowledge to the individual. Students learn how to better understand themselves and others, and to use psychological theory, and research to manage their own lives and their own problems more effectively.

PSY0015 Social Psychology

Social psychology is the scientific study of how people think about, interact, influence and relate to others. The course will emphasize understanding about how and why individuals behave, think and feel in social situations. Of particular importance will be the study of the individual, their thoughts and resultant behaviour in social situations.

SSC5012 Racism and Discrimination

This course targets racism and discrimination that are observed in the Canadian multiculturalism context. Students are able to identify types of discriminations and racisms based on our cultural values and find the connection between discrimination and the society. Students also analyze sociological factors, such as the media that could cause biases and prejudice. The objective of this course is to enhance the sensitivity and intolerance of mistreatment based on racial or ethnic background and to consider how to handle these issues as occupational professionals and individuals in this pluralistic society.