This diploma program focuses on preparing you to be an effective social services practitioner by acquiring the knowledge, skills, and values needed to provide support to individuals, families, groups, and communities in need and who are seeking support from a variety of available assistance programs and services. This program is intended for people who are looking for a career in community social services.
NOC Code: 42201 (Social and Community Service Workers)
- High school diploma or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older).
- Successful completion of the college’s admissions test.
- Criminal record check.
- Immunization report.
- Complete the ‘Student Declaration – Addictions Community Support Worker Program’ form.
Meet minimum English language proficiency requirements.
- International students, for language proficiency, require IELTS at least 5.5 band or Canadian Language Benchmark Test level 6 or college’s entrance language test.
Upon completion of the program, graduates can work in the below occupations list:
- Community service worker
- Crisis intervention worker
- Developmental service worker
- Drop-in center worker
- Family service worker
- Group home worker
- Income maintenance officer – social services
- Life skills instructor
- Mental health worker
- Rehabilitation worker – social services
- Social services worker
- Program Type: Full-time Diploma
- Classroom: 720 Hours
- Program Length: 9 Months
- Delivery Method: In Class/Online Delivery
- Campus: Surrey, BC, Canada
The Social Services Worker Diploma program prepares graduates for employment positions with social service agencies and organizations, residential programs, homes group, shelters and housing services, community health centers, and family service organizations throughout the private and public sectors, or they may be self-employed. Students will have an understanding of:
- You will gain a solid understanding of the social and community services available and the role of social services workers in improving the social welfare of individuals and communities.
- You will be able to recognize at-risk behaviors across a variety of groups.
- You will be able to describe the effects of psychoactive chemicals on target populations suffering with mental illness.
- You will be able to describe the effects of mental health in relation to addiction, diagnosis, and medications used in pharmacotherapies and the impact mental health may have on individuals or communities.
- You will be able to describe and discuss the issues, defining traits, intervention, prevention, and safety issues for those suffering with mental illness.
- You will be able to articulate the impact on the client-counselor relationship with respect to cultural and diversity issues.
- You will be familiar with resources available under the broad umbrella of the Canadian health care system.
Student Progress/ Assessment Methods
A final grade of 60% is required to pass each course unless otherwise indicated on a course outline. Generally, course assessment consists of quizzes, exams, and project-based assignments.
85% of classes must be attended to achieve competency for this qualification
Minimum C grade average is required for graduation
|Subjects||Number Of Hours|
|SFCS100 Strategies for College Success||20 Hours|
|ACSW100 Addictions Fundamentals||40 Hours|
|ACSW200 Social Service Work Fundamentals||20 Hours|
|PYSC100 Psychology Fundamentals||60 Hours|
|SOCI100 Sociology Fundamentals||20 Hours|
|PYSC110 Ethics Fundamentals||40 Hours|
|ACSW300 Self-Care Techniques||20 Hours|
|ACSW400 Resources and Networking||20 Hours|
|PSYC130 Interview and Intake Procedures||60 Hours|
|COMC150 Professional Report Writing||40 Hours|
|ACSW500 Family Studies||40 Hours|
|PSYC140 Mental Health Fundamentals||80 Hours|
|PSYC150 Behavior Analysis Techniques||40 Hours|
|SSPR100 Work Experience||100 Hours|
|EMPL111 Career Employment & Strategies||40 Hours|
|CARE500 Special Certificates – *8 hr/days*||80 Hours|
|Total||36 Weeks/720 Hours|