Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees
|Duration:||4 Semesters (2 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Fall, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Diploma|
The Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees program prepares you to succeed as a social service provider working with immigrants and refugees. As a graduate, you will possess knowledge and skills on the migration trends and policies in both international and national levels. This will prepare you to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities by offering case management, information and referral provisioning, community capacity building, advocacy, fundraising and proposal writing, program planning, development and evaluation.
Program Learning Outcomes:
This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Develop and maintain professional relationships which adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work.
- Identify strengths, resources, and challenges of individuals, families, groups, and communities to assist them in achieving their goals.
- Recognize diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families, and communities to promote accessible and responsive programs and services.
- Identify current social policy, relevant legislation, and political, social, and/or economic systems and their impacts on service delivery.
- Advocate for appropriate access to resources to assist individuals, families, groups, and communities.
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, supervisors, and community partners.
- Develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self-care, improved job performance, and enhanced work relationships.
- Integrate social group work and group facilitation skills across a wide range of environments, supporting growth and development of individuals, families, and communities.
- Work in communities to advocate for change strategies that promote social and economic justice and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.
Essential Employability Skills:
Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a majority of senior credits at the College Preparation (C), University Preparation (U) or University/College Preparation (M) level or Mature Student Status (age 19 or older)
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
- In the event of oversubscription, applicants will be required to submit a resume and write a brief essay describing why they want to enrol in the program.
- In addition to English, proficiency in an additional language.
Please Note: A current Police Reference check is REQUIRED for entry into the field practice component of this program.
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well-organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
Earn your Ontario College Diploma in Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees and you’ll be prepared for careers such as a settlement counsellor or a settlement worker in schools, shelters and reception centers. You'll also be prepared to work in mainstream service agencies as social service workers as well as in ethno–specific agencies; mental health and addiction; criminal justice system or health sectors. As a social service worker your roles may include front–line practice, community work, and advocacy for social change.
Graduates of the SSWI program are eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
In order to practice in Ontario as a "Social Service Worker" or a "Registered Social Service Worker", graduates must apply for registration in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Graduates of the SSWI program will meet the education requirement for registration. For more information, please visit www.ocswssw.org.
Field work provides you with a valuable opportunity to apply your learning to the workplace. In order to be eligible for field work, you will be required to meet the criteria as set out in the “Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees Program: Student Code of Conduct”. You will assume the role of a ‘beginning professional’ in a supervised field placement setting, working within an employer–employee relationship.
You will benefit from supervision, and have specified hours, duties and accountabilities to Seneca College, field placement agency, clients, and the community at large. Field work is a mutually agreed contract for which you will be evaluated by the field placement supervisor. The minimum commitment is the successful completion of specific periods as set out in the Field Placement Student Contract.
These periods are typically:
- The equivalent of two full days per week in semesters two, three, and four;
- Full week block placements as scheduled throughout the program duration.
Diploma to Degree... and Beyond
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
|Ryerson University||• Bachelor of Social Work|
|Tyndale University College||• Bachelor of Arts – Human Services Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Arts – Human Services Social Service Worker or Bachelor of Religious Education, Post Diploma|
|York University||• Bachelor of Social Work|
|Algoma University||• Bachelor of Arts|
|Brock University||• Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology degree or a 4-year With Major Psychology degree, or a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Women’s Studies degree|
|Lakehead University||• Honours Bachelor of Social Work|
|Laurier Brantford||• Honours Bachelor of Arts|
|Nipissing University||• Bachelor of Arts|
|University of Windsor||• BA Honours in Disability Studies|
|Griffith University||• Bachelor of Human Services|
• Bachelor of Social Work
|Monash University||• Bachelor of Community Welfare and Counselling|
|Semester 1||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|ICA001||Introduction to Computers and Applications||2|
|SSW102||Diversity: Awareness and Practice||3|
|WIR100||Introduction to the Immigrant and Refugee Sector||3|
|WIR147||Field Seminar: Laws, Principles and Ethics||3|
|Semester 2||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|SSW201||Group Dynamics for Social Service Professionals||3|
|SSW202||Interviewing for Human Services||3|
|WIR208||Social Policy, Legislation, and Governmental Systems||3|
|WIR227||Individual and Family in a Multicultural Context||3|
|WIR247||Integrative Field Work Seminar||2|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 3||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|SSW302||Principles of Counselling||3|
|SSW311||Case Co-ordination and Advocacy Strategies||3|
|WIR347||Integrative Field Work Seminar||2|
|WIR377||Selected Issues: Fundraising and Project Management||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 4||Subject Name||Hrs/Wk|
|WIR407||Selected Issues II: Violence, Mental Health, Addictions||3|
|WIR408||Migration and Trauma||3|
|WIR447||Integrative Field Work Seminar||2|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
|International Admissions Advisor:||Doug Hammond
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22081
|Registration & Records Advisors:|
|King Campus:||Sean McDonnell
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55026
|Seneca@York Campus:||Heather Lilley
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33003
|Program Coordinator:||Soheila Pashang
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33659
|Program Chair:||John Struthers
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55002