Social Service Worker (Intensive) - 955
- Building on previous academic work, students can complete a Social Service Worker diploma with a field placement experience in 8 months.
What you'll learn
- Develop awareness of yourself, gain greater insight into who you are and experience personal growth.
- Discover how Social Service Workers facilitate positive changes in the lives of others.
- Focus on the relationships that people have with each other and the world around them as a way of supporting others and promoting community and social change.
- Core values required to be effective and ethical social service workers such as the right to choose, the right to equality, justice and access to service.
- Helping skills such as interviewing, assessing the needs of others, working effectively with groups and assisting communities to change.
- Develop the ability to document, work within legal and ethical frameworks and understand the importance of respecting the uniqueness and dignity of all people.
- Learn about anti-oppressive theory and practice as it relates to advocacy and case management.
Potential applicants need to be aware that the agencies working with our placement students are requiring placement students to be fully vaccinated by Health Canada approved vaccines. Please consider your vaccine status when considering this program as it will have a significant impact on your ability to participate in field placement.
1 academic year (period of 8 months)
View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.
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For the Spring 2022 entry:
- University degree in Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Education) or college diploma related to Human Services (70% guideline) or equivalent. Please note that preferences will be given to related degrees
- Applicants who have completed postsecondary education in outside fields will be considered if they have the following courses: Communications/English, General Elective, Sociology and Psychology (Abnormal/Developmental)
- Proof of English proficiency for applicants where English is not their first language must be submitted to Ontario Colleges
For the Spring 2023 entry:
University degree in Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Education) or college diploma related to Human Services (70% guideline) or equivalent. Please note that preference will be given to related degrees. Students must have a minimum of 1 Psychology course and 1 Sociology course.
Applicants who have completed post-secondary education in outside fields will be considered if they have multiple Psychology and Sociology courses.
- Significant volunteer experience is recommended
- Applicants should note that some employment opportunities require that certain physical standards must be met as a condition of employment
- For degrees from Countries other than Canada, a course by course evaluation can be completed through: ICAS/WES/CES
English Language Requirements
If English is not your first language or you have earned the equivalent of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma or post-secondary education outside of Canada, you will be required to provide proof of one of the following:
- IELT S Academic overall band of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5
- TOEFL iBT 80, no band less than 20
- TOEFL Paper-based, overall score 550
- CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment), 70
- PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic 58
- CLBPT (Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test), overall score 7, no band less than 7
- Completion of level 8 of the General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (GAS-EAP). Placement in the GAS-EAP program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS Academic
Tuition and Fees
2021 - 2022 Domestic Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
Compulsory Ancillary Fees
Compulsory Program Fees
|Total Domestic Charges Per Semester||$2,138.55||$2,052.24|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$4,190.79|
- Awards: Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP Eligible. Learn about Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- Full Cost Breakdown
2021 - 2022 International Tuition and Fees
|Description||Semester 1||Semester 2|
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees
Program Compulsory Fees
|International Tax Recovery||$450.00||$375.00|
|Total International Charges Per Semester||$8,409.00||$8,310.00|
|Total 1st Year Fees||$16,719.00|
- International Scholarships and Bursaries
- OSAP not eligible for International Students
- Full Cost Breakdown
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Course Overview & Descriptions
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How you'll gain skills
- Through supervised field placements selected for you based on your individual learning goals and supported by experienced faculty.
- Field placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending field placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to field placements with or outside the Hamilton region
- Registered students who have been convicted of an offence for which they have not been pardoned may be denied the opportunity to enter or continue in a placement while in the program
- Students may be required to complete various Immunizations and Disease Screening protocols required by some field placement agencies
- Students will receive individual and group feedback to further their skills through the use of interactive simulated patients, virtual reality scenarios and case studies.
Become an Agency
If you would like to become an Agency that takes students on placement from Mohawk College's Social Services & Justice Studies programs, please visit the Community Services Field Placements page.
Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.
In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.
Your future career options
- Social Service Workers
- Mental Health Workers
- Case Managers
- Employment Counsellors
- Community Workers
Where you could work includes:
- Community Agencies
- Ontario Works and Ontario Government
- Recovery Homes, Residential and Community Mental Health Services
- Addiction Services
- Youth, Seniors and Women’s Shelters
Opportunities for grads
- Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
Pathways to Mohawk
If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.
Pathways within Mohawk
If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *
We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. *
- Autism and Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate
- Concurrent Disorders
- Mental Health and Disability Management
- Brain Disorders Management
- Community and Social Services Management (987)
- Psychosocial Rehabilitation
This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
Pathways beyond Mohawk
See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.
Domestic Canadian Students
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