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  • FULL-TIME DIPLOMA | 01221Social Service Worker

     Type: 2-Year Diploma      

     Start Date: September      

     Location: Lakeshore Campus, Orangeville Campus      

Humber’s Social Service Worker (SSW) diploma program consistently receives excellent ratings from students, graduates and employers alike. Program faculty effectively deliver social services work education and successfully prepare students to work with people experiencing distressing events – both from an individual perspective, and in a way that examines society’s contribution to these crises. Students are taught how to help people assert their rights and meet their responsibilities in ways that empower them.

Social Service Worker Diploma program video

Watch the video to find out why our grads entered the program. 

What you will learn 

Skilled, committed faculty with real-life work experience in the human services field deliver social services worker training with a special focus on promoting equality to address disadvantages people face on the basis of race, disabilities, gender, or sexual orientation.

Curriculum highlights

Human behaviour and development, improving communication, interviewing and counselling skills, and how to work with groups and communities so they can better support their members. Field placement lets students participate in at least two different types of human service agencies where they have supervised contact with clients. Graduates are able to intervene in crisis situations, and to work with a broad range of people including those experiencing domestic violence, alcoholism and drug abuse, child abuse, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress, and shock due to traumatic life events.

Work Placement

Three unpaid field placements are decided upon by the school in consultation with the student.

First-year placement in the winter semester: two days per week.

Second-year fall placement: two days per week, with a one-week block in October.

Second-year winter placement: two days per week, with a one-week block in March.

Career options

Career opportunities exist within community centres, refugee centres, youth employment agencies, hostels, drop-in centres for homeless people, other social assistance agencies, group homes, and agencies with clients who have psychiatric issues, developmental delays or disabilities, as well as agencies in the field of corrections.

  • Intake Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Residential Counsellors
  • Community/Family Support Workers
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Outreach Worker

Partnerships and pathways

Humber has successful partnerships with an extensive list of agencies that provide placements and/or employment opportunities for students/graduates: 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.

Advisory committee 

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.

Future study options

Qualified graduates may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For detailed information, refer to the Humber Transfer Guide.

Social Service Worker program graduates may be granted exemption from COUN 1000 Interpersonal Communications and SOCI 1800 Diversity and Social Inclusion 1, and COUN 1100 Fundamentals of Counselling in our Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree program.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Graduates may apply for membership in the following:

Program Coordinator
Linda Hill
(full-time students)
416.675.6622 ext. 3255 

Program Coordinator
Meagan Kinsella
(part-time students)
416.675.6622 ext. 2628 

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