Social Service Worker


The Social Service Worker program at Algonquin College prepares students to work effectively with disadvantaged individuals, groups and communities in a variety of social service settings.

 

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(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

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Ontario College Diploma
2 Years

Program Code: 0432X01FWO
Academic Year: 2014/2015


Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program prepares students to work effectively with disadvantaged individuals, groups and committees. The program consists of four levels where learning occurs in both the classroom and practical settings. The curriculum includes courses in social work methods, social welfare systems, addictions, community development and the humanities. In order to gain exposure to working with a wide range of client groups, students are required to complete field placements in Levels 02, 03 and 04.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS
This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are committed to addressing social issues, such as poverty, homelessness, oppression and human rights.
  • Have effective interpersonal skills.
  • Are team oriented and enjoy working with others.
  • Deal effectively with stressful situations.
  • Understand the importance of effective communication with clients and community partners.
  • Have resolved personal issues and challenges.

Your Career

Graduates may secure employment as frontline workers in provincial, municipal and private social service agencies including social service departments, long-term care facilities, addiction and mental health services, schools and programs for youth, community health centres, shelters and residential treatment programs.

Graduates support vulnerable people who are impacted by such issues as loss and separation, family crisis, poverty, violence, homelessness, addiction, disability, unemployment, gender identity, immigration and culture.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ENL1813S Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
FAM1114 The ability to understand one's professional roles and responsibilities in the workplace is foundational to success. Through group discussions, in-class activities and self-reflection students explore their own beliefs and values as they relate to professional relationships and ethical principles in social service work practice. Students identify current social issues, and research social networks that support meeting the diverse needs of the community. Field Placement Preparation The ability to understand one's professional roles and responsibilities in the workplace is foundational to success. Through group discussions, in-class activities and self-reflection students explore their own beliefs and values as they relate to professional relationships and ethical principles in social service work practice. Students identify current social issues, and research social networks that support meeting the diverse needs of the community. 30.0
FAM1115 Interviewing is complex due, in part, to the fact that it involves working across differences of class, race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, culture and health. Gathering information to assist people with their personal and social problems, while creating a safe, supportive environment, is foundational to social services. Students learn basic intervention skills through active listening, awareness of body language, utilization of open and closed questions and employing empathy to build trust. Students practise with role-play scenarios to develop and fine tune these skills in preparation for work with clients. Social Service Work Interviewing Interviewing is complex due, in part, to the fact that it involves working across differences of class, race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, culture and health. Gathering information to assist people with their personal and social problems, while creating a safe, supportive environment, is foundational to social services. Students learn basic intervention skills through active listening, awareness of body language, utilization of open and closed questions and employing empathy to build trust. Students practise with role-play scenarios to develop and fine tune these skills in preparation for work with clients. 30.0
FAM1116 Establishing effective client service in the community for social service workers is essential when facing a bewildering array of ethical and practical challenges. Students examine key codes of ethics, ethical issues, dilemmas and the decision making processes when confronted with conflicting duties and choices within the context of professional social service work. Through an ethics project, class lectures, group discussion and role plays, students gain necessary skills and knowledge needed to practise within an ethical framework. Ethics of Social Service Work Establishing effective client service in the community for social service workers is essential when facing a bewildering array of ethical and practical challenges. Students examine key codes of ethics, ethical issues, dilemmas and the decision making processes when confronted with conflicting duties and choices within the context of professional social service work. Through an ethics project, class lectures, group discussion and role plays, students gain necessary skills and knowledge needed to practise within an ethical framework. 30.0
FAM1131 Addictions affect people from all walks of life, in virtually all practice areas. Exploration of the major theoretical perspectives of addiction and alternative forms of recovery are reviewed in light of current policies and clinical practices. Students learn the issues involved in dependency and how to work with clients who are using or misusing substances. Emphasis is placed on the student's capacity to examine their own attitudes towards people who use substances, so that they can help without judgment. Addictions Addictions affect people from all walks of life, in virtually all practice areas. Exploration of the major theoretical perspectives of addiction and alternative forms of recovery are reviewed in light of current policies and clinical practices. Students learn the issues involved in dependency and how to work with clients who are using or misusing substances. Emphasis is placed on the student's capacity to examine their own attitudes towards people who use substances, so that they can help without judgment. 45.0
FAM1254 Social policies impact the development and delivery of services to consumer groups. Students study the historical progress of the social welfare system in Canada. In addition, the fundamentals of inequity, poverty, homelessness, violence, oppression, and discrimination are introduced in both historical and current social policies. Students examine their own values and practices to develop their knowledge and to critically analyze current social welfare policies and practices. Social Service Work in Canada Social policies impact the development and delivery of services to consumer groups. Students study the historical progress of the social welfare system in Canada. In addition, the fundamentals of inequity, poverty, homelessness, violence, oppression, and discrimination are introduced in both historical and current social policies. Students examine their own values and practices to develop their knowledge and to critically analyze current social welfare policies and practices. 45.0
PSY0029 Success in ascertaining the needs of children and parents and our ability to work with them is inexorably intertwined with our knowledge of the pre-natal to adolescence development stages. Students investigate key developmental concepts, such as physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of the life span. Students apply a variety of theories and psychological concepts to in-class activities, such as watching videos, reading, individual and group presentations, research and reflection to gain a greater appreciation of the value of developmental psychology. Developmental Psychology I Success in ascertaining the needs of children and parents and our ability to work with them is inexorably intertwined with our knowledge of the pre-natal to adolescence development stages. Students investigate key developmental concepts, such as physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of the life span. Students apply a variety of theories and psychological concepts to in-class activities, such as watching videos, reading, individual and group presentations, research and reflection to gain a greater appreciation of the value of developmental psychology. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ENL1881F Social service workers create and maintain a variety of records and documents related to their interactions with colleagues and clients. These records and documents must be coherent and objective assessments of the social service worker's observations, actions and interventions. Other methods of communication involve drafting letters and reports directed to other professional agencies and organizations. Documentation created by the social service worker may be required for and used in legal proceedings. Emphasis continues to be placed on fundamental grammar and writing mechanics. Lectures, discussions and workshops allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking skills and other communication attributes that are necessary in any professional workplace setting.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S
Professional Communication for Social Service Workers Social service workers create and maintain a variety of records and documents related to their interactions with colleagues and clients. These records and documents must be coherent and objective assessments of the social service worker's observations, actions and interventions. Other methods of communication involve drafting letters and reports directed to other professional agencies and organizations. Documentation created by the social service worker may be required for and used in legal proceedings. Emphasis continues to be placed on fundamental grammar and writing mechanics. Lectures, discussions and workshops allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking skills and other communication attributes that are necessary in any professional workplace setting.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S
45.0
FAM1123 Making the linkages between theory and practice is an essential part of becoming an effective social service worker. Through sharing field experiences, role plays, group facilitation and discussion topics that revolve around the integration of theory into practice, students develop intervention strategies for implementation in their field placements. Students learn with and from each other's direct experiences as burgeoning professionals.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1114 and FAM1115 and FAM1116 and FAM1131 and FAM1254 and PSY0029

Co-requisites: FAM1129
Placement Seminar I Making the linkages between theory and practice is an essential part of becoming an effective social service worker. Through sharing field experiences, role plays, group facilitation and discussion topics that revolve around the integration of theory into practice, students develop intervention strategies for implementation in their field placements. Students learn with and from each other's direct experiences as burgeoning professionals.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1114 and FAM1115 and FAM1116 and FAM1131 and FAM1254 and PSY0029

Co-requisites: FAM1129
30.0
FAM1129 Professional learning experiences support the integration of theory and professional expectations in social service agencies. Students practise observation skills, information gathering, interviewing skills, documentation and preliminary assessment skills under the guidance of an on-site supervisor. Students identify the impact of social problems upon their clients and develop a network of community recourses for referral purposes. Students work within a team environment and form trusting relationships with clients demonstrating warmth, sensitivity, empathy and appropriate boundaries.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1114 and FAM1115 and FAM1116 and FAM1131 and FAM1254 and PSY0029

Co-requisites: FAM1123
Field Placement I Professional learning experiences support the integration of theory and professional expectations in social service agencies. Students practise observation skills, information gathering, interviewing skills, documentation and preliminary assessment skills under the guidance of an on-site supervisor. Students identify the impact of social problems upon their clients and develop a network of community recourses for referral purposes. Students work within a team environment and form trusting relationships with clients demonstrating warmth, sensitivity, empathy and appropriate boundaries.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and FAM1114 and FAM1115 and FAM1116 and FAM1131 and FAM1254 and PSY0029

Co-requisites: FAM1123
196.0
FAM1135 Theory provides the practitioner the ability to organize observations and information to help explain why clients do what they do. There is a strong association between professionalism and a credible theory-based practice. Building on interviewing skills, students learn major theoretical approaches to social service work counselling. Role playing is used to incorporate theories into their practice.

Prerequisites: FAM1115
Theories and Practice of Social Service Work Counselling Theory provides the practitioner the ability to organize observations and information to help explain why clients do what they do. There is a strong association between professionalism and a credible theory-based practice. Building on interviewing skills, students learn major theoretical approaches to social service work counselling. Role playing is used to incorporate theories into their practice.

Prerequisites: FAM1115
45.0
FAM1263 One's ability to function in a professional manner in crisis situations is essential in the field of social service work. Students differentiate long-term counselling from crisis intervention and examine crisis related assessment techniques and intervention strategies to de-escalate and support those in crisis. Students explore the concept of professional burnout as it relates to crisis. Through in-class lectures, activities, role plays and restraint training, students practise Non-Violent Crisis Intervention techniques and qualify for an additional certification upon successful completion.

Prerequisites: FAM1115
Crisis Intervention One's ability to function in a professional manner in crisis situations is essential in the field of social service work. Students differentiate long-term counselling from crisis intervention and examine crisis related assessment techniques and intervention strategies to de-escalate and support those in crisis. Students explore the concept of professional burnout as it relates to crisis. Through in-class lectures, activities, role plays and restraint training, students practise Non-Violent Crisis Intervention techniques and qualify for an additional certification upon successful completion.

Prerequisites: FAM1115
45.0
PSY0031 Consideration and application of developmental stages from adolescence to the time of our death is essential when supporting the needs of people throughout their lifespan. Students explore the key concepts associated with the study of development. Through in-class activities and online learning resources and projects, students apply and reflect on a variety of theories and developmental concepts and stages.

Prerequisites: PSY0029
Developmental Psychology II Consideration and application of developmental stages from adolescence to the time of our death is essential when supporting the needs of people throughout their lifespan. Students explore the key concepts associated with the study of development. Through in-class activities and online learning resources and projects, students apply and reflect on a variety of theories and developmental concepts and stages.

Prerequisites: PSY0029
45.0
Level: 03 Hours
FAM1121 Human beings spend much of their lives living and working in the context of groups. Group facilitation is an art and is an essential part of community support and intervention. Students are introduced to the practice of support group facilitation through planning, establishing the purpose of a support group, and the facilitation of a specific topic to peers. Special emphasis is placed upon students acquiring the use of check in, leadership, co-leader harmony and evaluation.

Prerequisites: FAM1115
Social Service Group Work Human beings spend much of their lives living and working in the context of groups. Group facilitation is an art and is an essential part of community support and intervention. Students are introduced to the practice of support group facilitation through planning, establishing the purpose of a support group, and the facilitation of a specific topic to peers. Special emphasis is placed upon students acquiring the use of check in, leadership, co-leader harmony and evaluation.

Prerequisites: FAM1115
30.0
FAM1133 The integration of theory, field-related issues, and personal development is essential for students to formalize a basic understanding of how our community, clients and professionals work together to effect positive change. Through goal planning, group discussion, self-reflection and applied assignments in field placement, students learn to identify and practise clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S (2) and ENL1881F and FAM1114 and FAM1116 and FAM1123 and FAM1129 and FAM1263

Co-requisites: FAM1139
Placement Seminar II The integration of theory, field-related issues, and personal development is essential for students to formalize a basic understanding of how our community, clients and professionals work together to effect positive change. Through goal planning, group discussion, self-reflection and applied assignments in field placement, students learn to identify and practise clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S (2) and ENL1881F and FAM1114 and FAM1116 and FAM1123 and FAM1129 and FAM1263

Co-requisites: FAM1139
30.0
FAM1134 Mental health includes both the inner experience and interpersonal group experience. Focus is on the well-being of individual clients and their families. Students are introduced to the complexities of psychopathology and various models of mental illness, along with classification systems and their limitations. The main objectives are to demystify mental illness and to provide strategies for working with this population. Exposure to current trends in service delivery, research and practice within a context of client empowerment and recovery are also explored. Societal attitudes, biases and barriers affecting the mentally ill are examined in relation to the role of social service workers.

Prerequisites: PSY0029 and PSY0031
Mental Health Mental health includes both the inner experience and interpersonal group experience. Focus is on the well-being of individual clients and their families. Students are introduced to the complexities of psychopathology and various models of mental illness, along with classification systems and their limitations. The main objectives are to demystify mental illness and to provide strategies for working with this population. Exposure to current trends in service delivery, research and practice within a context of client empowerment and recovery are also explored. Societal attitudes, biases and barriers affecting the mentally ill are examined in relation to the role of social service workers.

Prerequisites: PSY0029 and PSY0031
30.0
FAM1139 Building on the strength of their previous field placement and theoretical course work, students are given the opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge, skills and practice with a more sustained and committed field placement. Students take on increasing levels of responsibility and independence and continue to hone their writing, reporting, interviewing, engaging and assessment skills as social service professionals.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1881F and FAM1114 and FAM1116 and FAM1123 and FAM1129 and PSY0031

Co-requisites: FAM1133
Field Placement II Building on the strength of their previous field placement and theoretical course work, students are given the opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge, skills and practice with a more sustained and committed field placement. Students take on increasing levels of responsibility and independence and continue to hone their writing, reporting, interviewing, engaging and assessment skills as social service professionals.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1881F and FAM1114 and FAM1116 and FAM1123 and FAM1129 and PSY0031

Co-requisites: FAM1133
294.0
FAM1145 Understanding family systems is essential to providing optimum support to families. Students are grounded in family systems theory and explore patterns of interaction in terms of the wide range of problems that families and partners bring to social agencies. Emphasis is placed on how the family has changed over the generations and various intervention options. Through a variety of in-class activities, students utilize genograms, timelines and eco maps to assess family functioning.

Prerequisites: FAM1115 and PSY0029 and PSY0031
Working with Families Understanding family systems is essential to providing optimum support to families. Students are grounded in family systems theory and explore patterns of interaction in terms of the wide range of problems that families and partners bring to social agencies. Emphasis is placed on how the family has changed over the generations and various intervention options. Through a variety of in-class activities, students utilize genograms, timelines and eco maps to assess family functioning.

Prerequisites: FAM1115 and PSY0029 and PSY0031
45.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0432 Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or GED5300 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED6022 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003
General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or GED5300 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED6022 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003
45.0
Level: 04 Hours
FAM1142 Social service work is, by nature, political. Most of the work done by social service workers is deeply influenced by the ideological, political and economic forces that comprise the welfare state. Students build critical awareness of these forces and of various political ideologies and critiques as they relate to social welfare and to the role of social service workers as agents of change.

Prerequisites: FAM1254
Legislation and Political Ideologies in Social Welfare Social service work is, by nature, political. Most of the work done by social service workers is deeply influenced by the ideological, political and economic forces that comprise the welfare state. Students build critical awareness of these forces and of various political ideologies and critiques as they relate to social welfare and to the role of social service workers as agents of change.

Prerequisites: FAM1254
45.0
FAM1143 Professional development of social service worker students continues with the extension of the learning opportunities that integrate theory and practice. Through goal planning, group discussion, self-reflection and applied assignments in field placement, students build on their ability to identify and practise skills. By exploring ways to adapt clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner, students develop intervention strategies relevant to complex client situations. Students explore and solve ethical issues as they relate to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Social Service Workers.

Prerequisites: FAM1133 and FAM1134 and FAM1135 and FAM1139

Co-requisites: FAM1142 and FAM1149 and FAM1260
Placement Seminar III Professional development of social service worker students continues with the extension of the learning opportunities that integrate theory and practice. Through goal planning, group discussion, self-reflection and applied assignments in field placement, students build on their ability to identify and practise skills. By exploring ways to adapt clinical, organizational and personal skills in a solution-focused manner, students develop intervention strategies relevant to complex client situations. Students explore and solve ethical issues as they relate to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Social Service Workers.

Prerequisites: FAM1133 and FAM1134 and FAM1135 and FAM1139

Co-requisites: FAM1142 and FAM1149 and FAM1260
30.0
FAM1148 Community development emphasizes the worth of self-help, mutual support, the building up of community integration by developing the capacity for problem-solving, self-representation and promotion of collective action to bring a community's preferences to the attention of political decision-makers. The theory and practice of community work are related to contemporary social action movements and local and national organizations. Students develop a basic understanding of community organization while undertaking a fundraising project.

Prerequisites: FAM1254
Community Development Community development emphasizes the worth of self-help, mutual support, the building up of community integration by developing the capacity for problem-solving, self-representation and promotion of collective action to bring a community's preferences to the attention of political decision-makers. The theory and practice of community work are related to contemporary social action movements and local and national organizations. Students develop a basic understanding of community organization while undertaking a fundraising project.

Prerequisites: FAM1254
30.0
FAM1149 Students hone their skills by fully integrating theory and practice. Students also identify, practise, adapt and incorporate theory at a level that provides optimum client service. The focus is on the cumulative knowledge and professional skills for client engagement, intervention, team work and community development that reflects the students' readiness for frontline social service work.

Prerequisites: FAM1129 (1) and FAM1133 and FAM1134 and FAM1135 and FAM1139 (1)

Co-requisites: FAM1143 and FAM1260
Field Placement III Students hone their skills by fully integrating theory and practice. Students also identify, practise, adapt and incorporate theory at a level that provides optimum client service. The focus is on the cumulative knowledge and professional skills for client engagement, intervention, team work and community development that reflects the students' readiness for frontline social service work.

Prerequisites: FAM1129 (1) and FAM1133 and FAM1134 and FAM1135 and FAM1139 (1)

Co-requisites: FAM1143 and FAM1260
294.0
FAM1260 Assessment and intervention are core skills for qualified social service workers and are fundamental learning requirements for practice in the field. Strong assessment skills are required to develop an accurate understanding of clients and their needs, to identify problems, and to serve as a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of helping interventions. Students develop skills related to data collection, data interpretation, problem identification and intervention. Through lecture, in-class activities and projects, students learn to assess common issues experienced in the field, as well as develop comprehensive and effective intervention plans.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1881F and FAM1114 and FAM1115 and FAM1116 and FAM1121 and FAM1123 and FAM1129 and FAM1131 and FAM1254 and FAM1263 and PSY0029 and PSY0031
Assessment, Planning and Intervention in Ssw Practice Assessment and intervention are core skills for qualified social service workers and are fundamental learning requirements for practice in the field. Strong assessment skills are required to develop an accurate understanding of clients and their needs, to identify problems, and to serve as a basis for evaluating the effectiveness of helping interventions. Students develop skills related to data collection, data interpretation, problem identification and intervention. Through lecture, in-class activities and projects, students learn to assess common issues experienced in the field, as well as develop comprehensive and effective intervention plans.

Prerequisites: ENL1813S and ENL1881F and FAM1114 and FAM1115 and FAM1116 and FAM1121 and FAM1123 and FAM1129 and FAM1131 and FAM1254 and FAM1263 and PSY0029 and PSY0031
30.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,343.89 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $86 per term. *

BYOD Fee: $150 per term. **

eTextbook Fees: see www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks

Incidental Fees: $20 Level 01 and $32 in Level 02.

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $240.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Student Experience Fee: $17 per term.

Health Services Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $123.96 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $20 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,775 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information, please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm

** The BYOD Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services and software to students registered in a BYOD program.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

The program is an etext program. Textbook costs are included in your fees. Supplies cost approximately $500 in the first year and $400 in the second year.

Additional fees are required related to verification for placement such, as police records checks, health immunizations and ParaMed.

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher.
  • Provide a completed Reference form, found on our webpage from an agency supervisor based on relevant volunteer, paid work or educational/co-op placement, working directly with vulnerable clients, in a human service agency within the last two years. A minimum of 60 recent hours is required. The agency setting could include: shelters, long-term care facilities, schools, or other front-line agencies dealing with vulnerable people.(See Frequently Asked Questions on this webpage for more information. algonquincollege.com/healthandcommunity/program/socialserviceworker/faqs.)
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22; Speaking: 22, Writing: 22

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

Health Requirements: Once students are accepted into the Social Service Worker program, they must meet the following health requirements: Provide evidence of full and complete immunizations. The Algonquin College Health Services will review the student's record of immunization. All students must print and complete the paraMed forms and attend a meeting with Paramed, at the cost to the student. ParaMed provides authorization for entry into field placement. Some field placement agencies may require the Influenza vaccine.

Police Records Check Documentation:

Successful completion of field placement is a requirement for graduation from the Social Service Worker program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you do not have a clear PRCSVS you will need to meet with the chair of the program. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

Students are required to complete field placement within levels two, three and four to meet program requirements. A criminal record does not preclude placement, but agencies have the right to deny placement, and to be informed of the contents of the criminal record.

Field Placement Eligibility:

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the the first day of class and to pay any associated costs. It may take anywhere from six weeks to three months to obtain this documentation. Apply for the PRCSVS between May and July - it is due by the first day of classes.

All second year students are responsible to renew their PVCSVS so that it is valid until the end of May, and provide proof that immunizations are up to date. Any second year student not providing the required documentation will not go out to placement and as a result may risk failing the co-requisite courses, field placement and seminar. Should you require further information, contact the Program Chair.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskAlgonquin@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

This Full-time day program is also offered on the Pembroke and Perth Campuses. While the learning outcomes at the Woodroffe, Pembroke and Perth Campuses are the same, the curriculum order and subject delivery are reflective of the local circumstances which affect program delivery.

There is also an Intensive offering delivered at the Woodroffe Campus. This latter program is for individuals who have completed a university degree or diploma (from an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology) in the humanities. University degrees outside of the humanities may be considered on an individual basis. The College also offers the two-year Social Service Worker program on a part-time basis at the Woodroffe Campus.

"Social Service Worker" is a registered professional title which may only be used by members in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). This relates to Ontario legislation entitled "The Social Work and Social Service Worker Act". Graduates of the Social Service Worker program are required by law to join the OCSWSSW after graduation in order to use this professional title. The OCSWSSW grants or denies membership. See www.ocswssw.org for more information.

Students are required to have access to a computer. Applicants are encouraged to have basic word processing, power point and Internet skills.

NOTE: The program has a heavy workload. Students need to be prepared to make a full-time commitment to their studies and field placement in order to be successful.

SSW students are expected to attend all classes. Anyone who is unable to make this commitment should consider the Part-time offering where courses are offered in the evenings. There is no flexibility in the assigned timetable.

Courses are delivered in a variety of formats including face-to-face in a classroom and hybrid (combination of classroom and online learning). Students participate in both types of learning.

This profession requires mature, flexible workers who commit to personal wellness and self-care. Students are expected to develop personal awareness concerning their biases and current social and political issues.

ACADEMIC PROBATION Students who have two or more F grades in a given term or whose term grade point average falls below 1.7 (D+) are considered to be on academic probation (Directive AA14 Grading System). This requires the student to meet with their academic advisor or coordinator to sign a learning contract which identifies the conditions which must be met to continue in the program. Students who do not meet the terms of their learning contract will be withdrawn from the program.

For additional information, contact the School of Health and Community Studies at 613-727-4723 ext. 7776.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time