Social Service Worker Diploma

What you'll learn

Semester 1

ABST 100 An Introduction to the World View of First Nations People

This course has been designed through an extensive collaborative effort on the part of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, and CNC. The teaching and learning styles it promotes are those indigenous to First Nations cultures. The content is a blend of academic information and perspectives with those of the First Nations people. It is a research-driven format that demands a blend of library, classroom (learning circle format), and fieldwork learning framed by a firm belief in the experiential process.
3 CR / (3,0)

ENGL 103 Composition and Style

A study of grammar, composition, and style. A vigorous program of essay-writing plus a variety of writing assignments or exercises dealing with specific problems in essay writing. Strongly recommended for students who wish to improve their writing skills.
3 CR / (3,0)

SSWK 145 Communication and Interpersonal Relationship Skills

Course material provides an overview of communication theories as well as a practical basis for learning interpersonal skills. This includes discussions of how self-concept, perceptual process, language, and non-verbal behaviour influence communication. This course provides opportunities to increase self-awareness and to improve and develop effective interpersonal communication skills. This course will also provide the student with the opportunity to develop confidence in public speaking.
3 CR / (3,1)

SSWK 171 Introduction to Social Service Practice

Students are introduced to the practice of social service, its values, knowledge, and skill foundations. The principles and contributions of mutual aid, self-help, and natural helping networks are examined. The relationship between social service practice and the communities and organizations in which it takes place is a focus of discussion. Other discussion topics include current trends in the field of paraprofessional services, ethics, and the basic structure and function of social service agencies.
3 CR / (3,0)

SSWK 195 Issues and Principles of Fieldwork and Community: Seminar I

This course is designed to introduce first year students to the purpose and structure of the SSWK field work experience referred to as “practicum.” You are introduced to the theoretical context of experiential learning and its value in the learning process.

Essential components of a practicum and its linkage to the academic work in other SSWK and university transfer courses are explored. A sampling of the agencies in our region that provide practicum experience are introduced. You explore a number of articles that discuss some of the key issues in the profession. You interview for and be accepted in a practicum placement that will run two days a week beginning in January and end with a two-week block placement in April/May.

Prerequisite: Admission to SSWK program
Prerequisite or Corequisite: SSWK 145
3 CR / (0,3)

Elective

One SSWK elective from SSWK or other human service discipline (e.g., CASS, ECE, AECE, FASD, OASW)

Semester 2

SSWK 142 Helping Skills: Practical Applications

This course assists students in developing and refining their basic helping skills. Extensive use of video, role play, and real experiences provides opportunities for the acquisition and practice of helping skills. This course requires that students participate in a weekly three-hour laboratory session for the purpose of learning and practicing their helping skills.
Prerequisite: SSWK 145
3 CR / (3,3)

SSWK 151 History and Philosophy of Social Welfare Policy

This course provides a basic introduction to social welfare policy in Canada, its historical development, and its role within the political and economic context of Canadian society. A major emphasis is placed on a review of the values and ideology implicit in various types of social welfare policy. Students critically analyze the effect of social welfare policies on client populations and upon themselves as social service workers. Class discussions focus on northern issues.
3 CR / (3,0)

SSWK 196 Practicum and Seminar

Students attend a social service agency site for two days a week throughout the semester. At the agency, students construct a learning contract, perform work for the agency, and receive guidance and supervision from an agency-based field supervisor. The seminar is designed to allow all students in the two-day-a-week practicum to reflect on the learning accomplished during practicum. You will keep a journal as discussed in SSWK 195 and present writings from it to your colleagues. We problem solve around issues and concerns pertaining to practicum. We attempt to link theoretical components from your courses to actual practicum events.

Prerequisite: SSWK 195
5 CR / (0,2)

Elective

One SSWK elective from SSWK or other human service discipline (e.g., CASS, ECE, AECE, FASD, OASW)

Intersession

SSWK 199 Practicum and Seminar

Starting in late April, at the end of the second semester, students complete a two week block placement in the same community agency where they have been working during SSWK 196. The students are already familiar with the agency and will be expected to participate more fully and contribute to the goals of the agency. A weekly two-hour seminar will be offered.

Prerequisites: SSWK 196
3 CR / (0,2)

Semester 3

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology I

This general survey course includes topics such as a brief history of psychology, elementary experimental design, the nervous system, sensation, perception, learning, memory, language, and thought.
3 CR / (3,0)

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology I

An introduction to the basic sociological theories and methods for studying individuals, groups, and institutions. Topics described and explained will include culture, socialization, families, education, gender, aging, and deviance. These concerns will be illustrated and developed with Canadian materials.
3 CR / (3,0)

SSWK 241 Group Process and Practice

This course provides the students with a basic understanding of group work theory and practice. The basic assumption is that there is a significant correlation between social functioning and group experience. Topics of study include group dynamics, leadership styles and skills, group development, cultural issues in group work, and ethical issues in group work. This course includes a three-hour weekly laboratory experience in which students will learn and practise group work skills. A variety of activities will take place that will help to demonstrate the concepts and skills.

Prerequisite: SSWK 142
3 CR / (3,3)

SSWK 295 Issues and Principles of Fieldwork and Community Seminar II

Students will, for two hours a week, attend a two-hour practicum preparation class. Students will assess their strengths and areas needing improvement. They focus on issues of professional ethics and conduct in the social service field. They discuss the impact that they can have both personally and professionally on clients. They address issues of boundaries, emotional and physical self-care, dual relationships, and other issues related to working in the field. Students establish learning objectives and negotiate practicum contracts with agencies.

Prerequisite: SSWK 199
2 CR / (0,2)

Electives

Two SSWK electives from SSWK or other human service discipline (e.g., CASS, ECE, AECE, FASD, OASW)

Semester 4

SOC 230 Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Families

This course provides an introduction to the contemporary debates within the sociology of family.

The course explores the interaction and conflicts between our intimate lives as family members and the economic, political, legal, and cultural changes that define the beliefs and issues surrounding the institution of family. Utilizing current sociological theory and analyses, the course critically examines the history of the western family, the ideology of the family, gender ideology, and social policies and practices affecting Canadian families. The course explores central issues faced by families today, including dating, mating and marriage, the contradictions between romantic love and social constructions of the ideal family, the gendered division of labour, parenting, divorce, poverty, alternative family forms, and violence within intimate relationships.

Critical analysis of debates surrounding single parent families, same-sex marriages, and recent trends in reproductive science will form an additional aspect of the coursework.

Prerequisite: SOC 101
3 CR / (3,0)

SSWK 271 health and Wellness Self-Care Lab

The key to personal success in the helping professions is to maintain a balance between your personal wellness and the professional tasks and interventions you will be providing. Learning to recognize these emotions provides opportunities for self reflection, self-awareness, and new perspectives. SSWK 271 is a 1.5 hour mandatory lab in the SSWK program. It is intended to provide the student with a basic introduction to strategies to develop self-care responsibility. It emphasizes a preventive approach to holistic wellness that incorporates physical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects. It is an experiential lab that focuses on self-awareness and sensitivity as contributing factors to your state of wellness. The predominant objective is to identify practical techniques and exercises that are easy to do and are easily incorporated into daily living. The goal is to optimize our personal wellness as a strategy to manage professional and personal stressors.

Prerequisite: Admission to SSWK program
1.5 CR / (0,1.5)

SSWK 296 Practicum and Practicum Seminar

Students attend a social service agency site for two days a week throughout the semester. During this time, students participate in the design of a learning contract, perform work for the agency, and receive guidance and supervision from an agency-based field supervisor. Students attend a two-hour practicum class. The intent of this class is to have the students reflect upon the learning that is taking place in the field placement. Students have the opportunity to problem solve around issues and concerns related to their practicum experience. This class links theoretical components from the courses to the practicum.

Prerequisite: SSWK 295
5 CR / (0,2)

Elective

One SSWK elective from SSWK or other human service discipline (e.g., CASS, ECE, AECE, FASD, OASW)

Intersession

SSWK 299

Starting in late April, at the end of the second semester, students enroll in and complete a two-week block placement in the same community agency as their SSWK 296 placement. The students are already familiar with the agency and will be expected to participate more fully and contribute to the goals of the agency. Students must also attend a two-hour seminar on campus during each of these weeks.

Prerequisite: SSWK 296
3 CR / (0,2)

Social Service Worker

  • Credential: Diploma
  • Type: Full or part-time
  • Length: 2 years
  • Campus: Prince George *individual courses may be available at other campuses
  • Fees: $7,244
These fees are an estimate.