Social Service Worker

January 2020

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 06, 2020
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
SW
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,458.62 per semester*
International:
$8,371.67 per semester*
Complete tuition detail below

May 2020

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
May 04, 2020
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
SW
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,458.62 per semester*
International:
$8,371.67 per semester*
Complete tuition detail below

September 2020

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 08, 2020
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
SW
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Tuition is unavailable at this time
Complete tuition detail below

Want to make a difference in the community? As a Social Service Worker you can be on the front line of positive change.

Program Highlights

Social Service Workers build and maintain relationships with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; recognize and respond to individual, group, organizational and community injustices and inequalities; and provide direct services and/or a bridging to resources to improve the quality of peoples’ lives at the personal, cultural, and system levels. Social Service Workers provide these services in a range of residential and community settings while working with other professionals such as child and youth workers, addiction counsellors, teachers, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and doctors.

The program is four semesters in length with classroom-based courses in the first three semesters and a block placement in the final semester. Applied learning activities are infused into our classroom-based courses such as:

  • Practicing interviewing and group facilitation skills for the purposes of engagement, assessment, goal planning and social support with individuals, groups, organizations, and communities;
  • Working in teams to plan on and off-campus events, fundraising campaigns, educational awareness days, and promotion of social change;
  • Conducting research to challenge forms of oppression as well as to design/develop/improve social service programs; and
  • Participating in self-care strategies for personal and professional well-being.

Building on the above knowledge and skills gained, a full-time placement in the fourth and final semester of the program provides a range of practice opportunities in a work setting (agency and location to be determined in consultation with the student, faculty, and available agency sites).

In addition, as a regulated profession in Ontario, upon having successfully completed this program you will have the necessary skills for employment as a Social Service Worker in Ontario and be eligible for membership with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services. Please see the OCSWSSW website for more information about the profession and eligibility for membership.

* Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.

Why Choose Fleming

Fleming College's Social Service Worker program is well-known within the Peterborough, City of Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, and Haliburton counties and has established strong relationships with social service agencies in these specific locations. This is good choice for local people as well as for those that want to take advantage of smaller classes and more individually focussed learning.

The program's flexible delivery structure features entry points in the fall, winter, and spring with all four intakes running every semester. This meets the needs of diverse student groups including:

  • Students who require or wish a reduced course load
  • Students who want to complete the program faster can attend four continuous semesters and graduate in sixteen months. (Winter first semester intake takes second semester in the spring, third semester in the fall and fourth semester in the winter. Spring first semester intake takes semester two in the fall, the third semester in the winter and the fourth semester in the spring)
  • Individuals receiving funding that is dependent on attending classes continuously without semester breaks
    * Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester. Students starting in the Spring (May) are required to attend classes for 4 consecutive semesters as well.
    * Students starting in September complete the second semester in the Winter, the third semester in the Fall and the forth semester in the Winter. Students will take the summer semester off.

Earn A Dual Diploma In The Helping Professions

Students now have the opportunity to complete two college diplomas - Social Service Worker and Mental Health and Addiction - within a two-year period. This pathway includes two field placement opportunities where students acquire additional hands-on experience to further prepare them for career success. Students have the option of entering into either program, and after completing their first semester can declare their intention to complete either one diploma in Social Service Work, one diploma in Mental Health and Addiction, or both diplomas. The dual diploma pathway is available to students who enter in the fall or winter semester only. Students must attend school for six consecutive semesters to complete both diplomas. Students that start as Social Services Workers in first semester that choose the Dual program will complete their Mental Health and Addictions field placement first in the fifth semester and will complete the Social Services worker field placement in the sixth semester. Students that start as Mental Health and Addiction workers in first semester will complete their Social Services Worker field placement first in fifth semester and complete their Mental health and Addictions worker field placement in the sixth semester.

Indigenous Perspectives Designation

The Indigenous Perspectives Designation (IPD) is an option available to students studying in the Social Service Worker program. To qualify for the IPD, students must take and successfully complete GNED49 - Introduction to Indigenous Studies and GNED128 - Indigenous Knowledges, along with a minimum of four approved co-curricular Indigenous events or experiences that will be incorporated into the final portfolio assignment in GNED128. The student’s transcript will indicate the IPD designation. Upon graduation, students with an IPD will have a strong foundational basis in Indigenous Studies, and a designation that will be marketable in the employment sector.

Work Experience

The fourth and final semester integrates learning in the form of a full-time placement and takes place in a work setting matching your learning needs and choice of location with consultation between the student, faculty, and available agency sites. Please be aware that 30 hours of volunteer service within an agency is required between entry into the SSW program and prior to entry into the fourth semester for placement and students must have successfully completed all first, second, and third semester courses prior to entry into fourth semester.

Specific agencies may have requirements such as proof of a current Emergency First Aid certification, CPR certification (Level C), a university degree, or additional immunizations. Also, some agencies may have required in-service training that the student must take prior to placement.

Is this You?

To succeed in this program and career, you must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Adherence to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice set by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSSW) which includes the Continuing Competence Program criteria in order to maintain good standing once a member;
  • Professionalism which is defined by the SSW program faculty as showing kindness, patience, transparency, compassion, flexibility, engagement, and an ability to give and receive constructive feedback;
  • Respectful interactions and strong interpersonal communication skills, both in verbal and written form;
  • Emotional awareness and willingness to engage in self-care;
  • A passion for supporting people;
  • Speaking out and challenging injustices and inequalities at the personal, cultural, and system levels;
  • Sensitivity to diversity;
  • Computer skills like email, word processing, and file management as well as skills in navigating social media tools; and
  • Consistent time management and organizational skills

Career Opportunities

As a practicing Social Service Worker in Ontario, you will support people to recognize, develop and sustain their strengths to achieve good quality of life while they manage and challenge a broad range of personal and environmental barriers at the personal, cultural, and system levels. These include, but aren’t limited to:

  • The self and societal stigma that impact people with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, addiction issues, concurrent disorders, and dual diagnosis disorders;
  • The experiences of persons who have been victims, witnesses, or perpetrators of intimate personal violence;
  • Poverty issues individuals, families, and communities face related to a lack of accessibility and availability of sustainable income, transportation, housing, food security, employment and educational/skills-training opportunities; and
  • The experience of persons who experience oppression based on race, culture, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, language, etc.

In addition, the Scope of Practice for Social Service Workers in Ontario which is a list of work that you can perform as a professional, can be found on page 8 of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Handbook, 2nd edition.

Social service agencies that have hired Fleming College Social Service Worker graduates include, but are not limited to:

  • Canadian Mental Health Associations
  • Hastings Centennial Manor Long-Term Care
  • Associations for Community Living
  • Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre
  • Peterborough Aids Resource Network
  • Kinark Child and Family Services
  • Ontario Works
  • Community Counselling and Resource Centre
  • A Place Called Home
  • John Howard Society
  • Mon Ami Children’s Service

Not quite decided on which community development career to pursue? Why not consider Mental Health and Addictions Worker, Developmental Service Worker, or the Community and Justice Services program if you have a desire to help people improve their lives?

Additional Costs

Plan to spend approximately $1350 for year one and $700 for year two for books and supplies.

Health and Non Academic Requirements

Immunization Requirements

Your program has mandatory immunization requirements that include a "pre-entry" deadline date for submission. For more information, and to print a copy of the immunization form, please see the Immunization Information page.

Non Academic Requirements

Your program has mandatory requirements which may include a criminal reference check, first aid, CPR-C, etc. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements page.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Social Service Worker must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English

OSSD with majority of courses at College (C ) or Open (O) unless otherwise stated.
Grade 12 C courses will be accepted where Gr 11 C course requirements are listed.
Where College level courses are listed, U and M courses will be accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

Tuition Detail

Tuition and ancillary fees are subject to change without notice. The fees presented below reflect Fall start programs only for the current academic year. For details about the fee differences for other program start dates please refer to the below.

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized below.

Algoma University

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • All students must apply to be admitted into the third year after all of the prerequisites are complete. The third and fourth years are the Professional Years of the program. Please refer Algoma University's Academic Calendar for further details.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Algoma University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Brock University

Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Brock University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Brock University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Carleton University

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Carleton University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Must complete and submit a supplementary application.
  • Refer to Carleton's admission website for the supplementary application instructions.
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Carleton University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Conestoga College

Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
  • Successful completion of the Conestoga College summer bridging courses.
Transfer Credit
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information
Visit the Conestoga College website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 41 course degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information
Visit the Conestoga College website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Griffith University

Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd out of a 6 semester program.
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the KOM Consultants website.

For more information
Visit the Griffith University website for further articulation and program information.

Humber College

Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
  • Must possess ENG4U (Grade 12 University English) or equivalent with a course grade of 65%.
Transfer Credit
  • 15 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information
Visit the Humber College website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative average.
  • Must possess ENG4U (Grade 12 University English) or equivalent with a course grade of 65%.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information
Visit the Humber College website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Institute of Technology Sligo

Requirement
  • Minimum 60% cumulative program average.
  • Required to complete a minimum of 400 hrs of supervised professional placement prior to entry into year 3.
  • Required to complete bridging studies in Irish Law, and Politics & Policy.
  • Will be required to enrol in Creative Studies C in semester 5.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 3rd year studies of a 4-year program.
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the KOM Consultants website.

For more information
Visit the Institute of Technology Sligo website for further articulation and program information.

Lakehead University

Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
  • Minimum 70% (or 'P') in field placements.
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Lakehead University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Laurentian University

Requirement
  • Minimum 80% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Laurentian University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 42 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Laurentian University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Nipissing University

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 90 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Nipissing University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Ontario Tech University

Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Successful completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge program.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 18 credit diploma.
  • Note: No transfer credits awarded.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Ryerson University

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • The diploma must include a one-year introductory university-level humanities or social science course or equivalent.
  • Two years (or equivalent) of related work or advocacy experience. Applicants without this may be accepted, but must either complete DST 80A/B: Practicum in Disability Studies in the program or apply for exemption if achieved while in the program
Transfer Credit
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ryerson University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • At least two years accumulated, paid, full-time equivalent, relevant work experience in the social services field.
  • Completion of a prerequisite course, CVSW 015 Foundations of Social Work II with at least a "B" grade. Only successful applicants will be pre-selected to take this course by Undergraduate Admissions in conjunction with the School of Social Work.
Transfer Credit
  • 20 out of a 38 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Ryerson University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Seneca College

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Successful complete of the Seneca College Bridge program.
Transfer Credit
  • 20 out of a 42 course degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Colleges website.

For more information
Visit the Seneca College website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Trent University

Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
  • Admission into the generalist years (1st and 2nd year) of the Bachelor of Social Work program.
  • Admission into the professional years (3rd and 4th year) of the Bachelor of Social Work program includes an additional application process and admission is very competitive. Please refer Trent University's School of Social Work for further details.
Transfer Credit
  • 6 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Trent University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

University of Guelph-Humber

Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the University of Guelph-Humber website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

University of Windsor

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative program Grade Point Average (GPA).
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the University of Windsor website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Wilfrid Laurier University

Requirement
  • Minimum 75% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 6 out of a 20 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Visit the Wilfrid Laurier University website for further articulation and program information.
Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

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