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  • Objectives
    As a Social Services worker you have the opportunity to assist in the important task of ensuring the well-being of our society. In this program you will develop skills that can be used to enhance relationships between individuals and the community. You will learn to work with all segments of the population, from a social work value base as a front-line service provider. The Social Services Diploma program places emphasis on developing self-awareness, as well as maturity, stability, and emotional stamina. These abilities are required to be an effective Social Service Worker. Additional studies occur in family and community development, psychology, and sociology. All provide a strong foundation for social service practice.
  • Practical experience
    Your skills in casework and group work are developed through role-playing, simulations, and field experiences.
  • Academic Title
    Social Services Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level One
    COMM1860     Applied Writing Skills

    Description: Students will be introduced to a variety of vocationally-specific formats and further development of their paragraph writing skills leading to the creation of more comprehensive documents.
    Hours: 15
    Credits: 1

    PSYC1040     Developmental Psychology
    Description: This course combines the numerous theories of human growth and development, as well as practical appliction of the material as it relates to the human services field. It includes physical, social, intellectual, emotional and behavioural development from the contest of both family and community. The course also examines unusual and abnormal development or behavioural patterns. One hour weekly seminars provide a human services related perspective to the material, each one focusing on a specific phase of the life span.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    SOC1030     Sociology I

    Description: The course deals with the systematic study of groups and societies. The major aspects of social life are analyzed, with special reference to the role of each aspect in the development, functioning, and change of large social systems. Current material is drawn upon in an effort to convey fundamental principles and concepts in a framework that is relevant to the Canadian student.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    SOCS1010     An Introduction To Helping
    Description: In this course, students will focus on developing an awareness of themselves as a helper. By learning the fundamentals of the helping process, a focus of beginning to understand how to approach clients' needs, will develop. Through exploring and applying casework principles, skills in approaching and developing the professional relationship will develop. Students will also examine how their values and personal styles relate to effective helping. A review of theories of helping will assist students in developing a comprehensive view of approaching problem solving. Experience in public speaking and developing presentation skills will supplement didactic presentations.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    SOCS1040     Social Service Systems I
    Description: This course introduces the concept of a family as a psychosocial system that is powerful in affecting the development and behaviour of its members. Healthy functioning and dysfunction will be discussed through the perspective of contemporary theories developed. Students will also have the opportunity to explore their own family of origin and the impact that their system has on their professional growth.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    SOCS1050     Social Work And The Law

    Description: This course will examine topics such as divorce, separation, mediation and child welfare mental health, youth criminal justice, tenant protection, government support/disability, evidence, court types and the Charter of Rights/Ontario human Rights Code. These issues will be reviewed through a generic study of the Acts: Family Law, Child and Family Services, Youth Criminal Justice, Ontario Works/ Ontario Disability Support, Mental Health and Tenant Protection. A major learning objective is to develop the student's awareness of the impact that legislation has on social development and the social work profession. Students will have an opportunity to explore their own values relating to social work and the law.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    SOCS1060     Group Process And Dynamics
    Description: The focus of this course is on group process, group dynamics and the stages of group development. Leadership skills and characteristics are examined as well as ethical standards in group work. Students learn through participation in an experiential group setting.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    PSYC1010     Psychology: Basic Processes Of Behaviour

    Description: Psychology is the study of behaviour - that of humans and other creatures. This one-semester course is about the basic concepts of psychological research methods, learning, memory, perception, states of consciousness, motivation, and emotion.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    SOCS1020     Field Work Seminar I (Social Services)
    Description: This course will provide an opportunity for students to discuss course material and personal growth in relation to their development as Social Service Workers. Through seminar groups and presentations, students will begin to integrate theory and practice and plan their field placement in relation to their learning. This course will also involve some individual time with faculty for the purpose of placement selection. Preparation for field placement will also involve instruction in report writing, résumé preparation and employee expectations.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    CoRequisites: SOCS1070

    SOCS1030     Techniques Of Interviewing & Assessment

    Description: This course will provide students with beginning assessment and interviewing skills. The primary focus will be on developing a relationship with a client and adapting these skills to various practice settings. Role-plays and simulations will provide an opportunity for students to begin practicing their skills. Evaluation will ensure a basic level of competence prior to entering the second year field placement.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1010, SOCS1060

    SOCS1070     Field Work I
    Description: Students, in consultation with program faculty are assigned an agency field placement and will spend 140 hours at that agency. The students will use the time to observe and participate in the agency's functioning at a level appropriate to that agency. Although students will not be responsible for a specific "caseload", assignments will result in some direct client contact under close supervision of the agency's field supervisor. Students will have an opportunity to relate the theory learned in other courses to a practice situation. Students will also have the opportunity to begin to assess their own learning and career goals.
    Hours: 140
    Credits: 5
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1010, SOCS1060
    CoRequisites: SOCS1020

    SOCS1080     Client Systems
    Description: This course is designed to provide students with more knowledge specific to working with selected groups of clients (high risk adolescents). The course will be divided into modules of three or four classes where different client groups each of whom will be analyzed specific to service delivery models, trend in service, clinical issues, new and innovative modes of intervention, as well as worker-related skills and abilities required to work effectively with this population. The major course assignment will provide each student with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding in this area of practice.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    SOCS1090     Group Work: Populations And Programming

    Description: The focus of this course is on group work with specific population groups. The skills of working with groups of children, adolescents, adults, elderly and selected special needs populations will be examined. Program planning, evaluation and facilitation skills will be emphasized.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1010, SOCS1060

    SOCS2150     Social Service Systems II

    Description: This course further builds on the prerequisite to further investigate the current crisis in social service work in terms of finance, downsizing, amalgamation and employee moral and retention. Current government policies regarding social services will also be examined according to the party platforms. Further study will encompass structural social work, internal/external change agents and their implications and the recognition of key trends that are presently in the field and how they impact practitioners and consumers.
    Hours: 20
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1040

    Level Three
    SOCS1100     Field Work II (Social Services)

    Description: Students, in consultation with program faculty, are assigned to a social service agency two days a week from September to December. Students will carry responsibilities for working with individuals and groups in the agency setting under close supervision of an agency supervisor. Field Work provides a significant practical learning laboratory where theory and practice come together. A student is required to follow all codes of conduct deemed appropriate by the agency and consistent with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
    Hours: 224
    Credits: 8
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1070
    CoRequisites: SOCS2050

    SOCS2020     Social Work Values And Ethics
    Description: This course is designed to encourage students to examine their own values, attitudes and behaviours in relation to the Professional Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. The purpose of this course is to enable students to enhance their awareness of the role of a professional social service worker within the context of the Ontario College of Social Worker's and Social Service Workers Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1050

    SOCS2030     Counselling Interventions

    Description: This course is designed to expand the student's understanding of the purpose, and use, of case management and counseling intervention. Emphasis is placed on the development of a purposeful relationship, assessment, contracting and evaluation skills. The Integrative, Contemplation, and Strengths Models will provide the student with a practical, yet organized framework for completing the process of assessment, contracting and termination stages of the helping process. A major learning objective is to enhance the student's awareness of his/her conscious use of self in a professional helping relationship. The course will also consider a more in depth analysis of intervention skills utilized at the "working stage" of the counseling process, and in particular situations of crisis and trauma.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1070

    SOCS2050     Field Work Seminar II (Social Services)

    Description: This seminar provides the opportunity for students to learn from each other about their field experience and to raise general questions about working in the Social Services system. In addition, the students use this seminar to examine the reality of applying basic social work principles, values and ethics to the practical field experience via role plays, taped simulations and case analysis. Guest speakers, field trips and specialized training are also included in the seminar time.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1070
    CoRequisites: SOCS1100

    SOCS2060     Group Work: Assessment, Intervention And Evaluation

    Description: This course examines the use of a range of member assessments, group interventions and evaluation techniques. Students will become familiar with a set of therapeutic interventions designed to be applied within a wide variety of small group settings. Emphasis will also be placed on empirical methods of evaluation in group work.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1070

    SOCS2080     Understanding Families: A Systems Approach
    Description: This course introduces the concept of a family as a psychosocial system that is powerful in affecting the development and behaviour of its members. Healthy functioning and dysfunction will be discussed through the perspective of contemporary theories developed. Students will also have the opportunity to explore their own family of origin and the impact that their system has on their professional growth.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1050

    SOCS2110     Community Organization I

    Description: Social Service Systems Casework I
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1050

    Level Four
    COMM2000     Advanced Writing Skills

    Description: In conjunction with the student's specified vocational program course, students will be guided in the creation of a major writing project or assignment that is required by their vocational program course. Students will be introduced to fundamental research skills and assignment-specific vocational document formats.
    Hours: 15
    Credits: 1

    SOCS2010     Violence/Abuse/Neglect

    Description: Admission: Persons who successfully complete all course requirements will receive credit if accepted into the Social Services Diploma Program. This course is recommended for health and social services personnel and interested individuals.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1050

    SOCS2040     Group Work: Practical Applications
    Description: This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine group work applications in a variety of settings in the social services field. Students will develop leadership skills through planning, assessing, facilitating and evaluating a group. Emphasis will be placed on an analysis of the student's ability to determine goals, develop and implement program, use relevant interventions and formally measure the effectiveness of the program.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS2060

    SOCS2090     Helping Families: Supporting The System
    Description: This course explores and provides skills in interviewing and assessment of families’ use of drawing on a families strengths to create change will be emphasized. Students will play a major role in their own education by providing a workshop that focuses on a particular family problem, interventions and referrals in the community. Knowledge of family services will be extensive.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS2080

    SOCS2120     Community Organization II

    Description: Casework I Community Organization I
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS2110

    SOCS2130     Field Work III (Social Services)

    Description: Field Work III is a continuation of Field Work II. It provides the student with practical experience in a social service agency setting from January to April. Field Work II builds upon the skills acquired in Field Work II, allows the student to accept higher levels of responsibility and enables the student to fully integrate theory and practice.
    Hours: 238
    Credits: 8
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1100
    CoRequisites: SOCS2140

    SOCS2140     Field Work Seminar III (Social Services)
    Description: Field Work Seminar III builds upon Field Work Seminar II. It continues to provide the opportunity for students to learn from each other about their field experience and to raise general questions about working in the Social Services system. In addition, students use this seminar to examine the reality of applying basic social work principles, values and ethics to the practical field experience vial role plays, taped situations and case analysis. Guest speakers and specialized training are also included in the seminar time.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: SOCS1100
    CoRequisites: SOCS2130

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