Learn how to make a difference in the lives of others through our social work courses - 2022/2023
If your default setting is compassion, and if your natural inclination is to help, and you want to offer support in the face of adversity, the Social Service Worker program will give you the education and skills you need to make your empathy make a true difference in the lives of people who need help.
In this social work program, you will build a sound knowledge of human behaviour and psychology, individual and social problems, and learn proven techniques to prepare you for social service work in social agencies and social welfare programs.
You’ll work with supportive, friendly and experienced faculty and advisors who are committed to help you succeed, and you’ll take part in role-plays, counselling labs and case studies, and take in presentations from professional social workers and clients. You’ll gain invaluable experience in a variety of field placements in London, with its extensive social service and health community resources.
Social work is a competitive field. You’ll graduate with practical skills and hands-on experience that will help you work in this in-demand field, whether it’s in public or private social agencies and social welfare programs. You see the need. You see the problems. You can help.
The SSW program helped teach me important skills you need when entering the workforce; working independently as well as a contributing team member, putting your biases aside and maintaining professionalism, deadlines and expectations.
Admission Requirements - 2022/2023
This is a competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Please see www.fanshawec.ca/hcp for details.
OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Human Services Foundation Ontario College Certificate*
(Note: minimum final average required is 2.0 GPA) AND:
- standing in the required course stated above
General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate**
(Note: minimum final average required is 2.0 GPA) AND:
- standing in the required course stated above
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
- Grade 12 Healthy Active Living Education (O)
- Grade 12 Challenge and Change in Society (U)
- Grade 11 Dynamics of Human Relationships (O)
- Grade 12 Families in Canada (C) or (U)
- Grade 12 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan (M)
Recommended Personal Preparation
- Development of personal responsibility and leadership traits by the participation in school and other organizations which involve working with people and by summer employment of any kind
- Work or volunteer experience in the social service field is strongly recommended
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
- Admission to the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Social Service Worker program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Social Service Worker program. The Human Services Foundation program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Social Service Worker program.
- *Students who are currently registered in the Human Services Foundation program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their Human Services Foundation Ontario College Certificate with a minimum 2.0 GPA by April 30, 2022 and meet the academic pre-requisite course for the Social Service Worker program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Social Service Worker program.
- **Students who are currently registered in the General Arts and Science program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate with a minimum 2.0 GPA by April 30, 2022 and meet the academic pre-requisite course for the Social Service Worker program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Social Service Worker program.
The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive. Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.
- Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
- Evidence of Good Health
- Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
- Placement Agreement
Social Service Worker-2022/2023
|WRIT-1094||Reason & Writing 1 for Community Studies||3|
|This course will introduce Community Studies students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.|
|BSCI-1247||Group Development & Practice||3|
|Group Development and Practice is designed as an experiential learning opportunity aimed at developing students' knowledge and understanding of human behaviours within groups, with a focus on the role of 'self' in group dynamics and processes. Students will learn and apply Prosocial Theory Core Design Principles to develop skills related to effective individual and group functioning in essential areas such as; communication, decision making, and conflict resolution.|
|This course will provide the student with an introduction to community resources and capacity building and apply that knowledge through a community mapping project. Students will learn about the diversity of resources that make up a community through exploration of; Individual Capacities/Assets, Local Associations & Organizations, and Local Institutions. Through the community mapping experience, students will be able to identify local resources & services, recognizing the strengths/assets, challenges/gaps and the impact on individuals, families, and neighbourhoods which they will present to their class bringing awareness of the resources throughout the local community. Students will also become familiar with the SSW Program & Field Placement expectations & requirements through review of the SSW Program Manual.|
|SOCW-1041||Social Welfare Policy||3|
|This course is designed as an introduction to present Social Service and Welfare Policy in Canada. It will investigate the social, legal and humanitarian origins of social policy and the implications for social service work will be examined. Federal, provincial and municipal statutes, regulations, policies and practices will be considered and analyzed. This course will also examine service delivery models, funding issues as well as demographic and legislative trends that have an impact on social policy.|
|SOCI-1006||Sociology for Social Service Workers||3|
|This course introduces students to the basic sociological concepts and major perspectives as a means of understanding society and social issues. The course will acquaint students with the social processes of socialization, social interaction, collective behaviour, social and cultural change, social stratification, and deviance and social control. Finally, the course will lay a foundation for evaluating and conducting research on current social issues.|
|SOCW-1004||Psychology in Social Work||3|
|This course will introduce the student to theories of personality and their respective theorists. Students will be expected to become familiar with the tenets of each theory and their interrelationship.|
|SOCW-1031||Basic Counselling Skills||3|
|This course will introduce students to the basic foundational counselling skills, recognizing the diverse and multicultural milieu of the individuals and communities we serve. Through experiential learning opportunities, students will actively learn and practice introductory interviewing and basic counselling skills required for developing effective professional relationships in the Social Services Field. Students will have the opportunity to actively practice and demonstrate the application of their skills utilizing feedback, critical analysis, self-evaluation, and reflective practice by conducting individual interviews.|
|COMM-3082||Communications for Community Studies||3|
|This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of Community Studies, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the Community Studies workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.|
|RSCH-1002||Ethical Principles-Research & Evaluation||3|
|This course will provide students with the opportunity to practice the principles of research and evaluation necessary for the Social Service field. Additionally, they will be introduced to the basic skills necessary to assist in fundraising for small agencies.|
|This course will prepare students for the forthcoming field placement process and practice experience. Through examination of the program's SSW Field Placement Manual, students will have a comprehensive overview of the requirements and expectations needed to be 'field placement ready' and how to conduct themselves professionally in the field placement setting. Students will learn about SMART goals and how to apply them directly to the Ministry's 9 Vocational Learning goals for the SSW Program in preparation for the Applied Skills Contracts required in their upcoming field placement.|
|SOCW-1052||Social Work With Families-Intro||2|
|This course is designed to assist students in understanding the diversity, complexity, and uniqueness of families. Exploring our own experience of family and how that can impact our role in working with families is an important part of the learning in this course. Students will examine several family theories to develop an understanding of the processes, dynamics, roles, and functions of families in social and cultural contexts.|
|SOCW-1033||Social Work Across the Lifespan||3|
|From a Canadian perspective, this course will examine development and behaviour across the lifespan according to the normal human growth and development trajectory. How cultural contexts and experiences influence development will be discussed. Some problems and issues experienced across the lifespan will be explored and major theories of development will be reviewed.|
|EDUC-3017||Strategies for Effective Communication||3|
|This course is designed to support students' success in Level 2 of the Social Service Worker diploma program and to prepare them to function well in their social work field practice. Emphasis will be placed on the acquisition and mastery of program-specific written and oral skills, critical thinking, and effective interprofessional communication skills.|
|This course will provide the student with an opportunity to identify and apply interviewing and counselling skills necessary for the development of effective relationships within the Social Service Field. The student will further their introductory counselling strategies and interventions. The student will work in small groups, role playing scenarios which will illustrate their learning of the skills.This learning is necessary for students to demonstrate as they prepare for field placement.|
|SOCW-3021||SSW Practice & Intervention||2|
|This course is designed as a co-requisite to Social Service Work Field Practice: SOCW3004. Through individual reflective exercises, group discussions, group facilitations, and application to field placement experience, students will focus on the theory & practice of the Ministry's 9 Vocational Learning Goals. Students will also be applying these skills in developing & evaluating the MTCU Goals using SMART Goals and completing the SOCW3004:Fall2016 Applied Skills Contract for evaluation of their application. This process prepares students for the expectations of the OCSWSSW's required annual Continuing Competence Program (CCP).|
|SOCW-3004||Social Work Field Practice||8|
|The field practicum offers students the opportunity to implement and practice the skills and theory taught in the classroom. To enhance skills and to facilitate integration of theory and practice the student is monitored by an agency supervisor who works in consultation with a faculty advisor.|
|SOCW-3030||Social Work Assessment With Families||3|
|This course has been designed to deepen students' understanding of social service work with families by building on the information learned in SOCW1052 and SOCW1033. Students will learn fundamental skills to assess family functioning, intervention planning, and the importance of documentation. This course will focus on using family centered and strengths based approaches to work within a variety of family forms, definitions, and experiences. Learning will be facilitated through the application of foundational concepts to case studies and activities, which are intended to stimulate critical thinking and support the integration of theory and practice.|
|SOCW-1054||Social Work in Mental Health 1||3|
|During this course, service provision approaches to mental health will be explored. Students will become knowledgeable about types of mental health problems, their causal factors, symptoms, and options for assessment and treatment.|
|SOCW-1053||Community Organization & Development 1||3|
|This course offers an overview of community development principles, processes and practices with an emphasis on experiences of community organizing in North America. Students will become acquainted with the effects of larger social forces on undertaking social justice work at the community level and be introduced to practical models for community empowerment and social change in relation to a variety of issues and contexts. Students will have the opportunity to experience community-based learning about effective participatory action research methods.|
|Building on Counselling Skills 1 & 2, this course will familiarize the student with key concepts, techniques, goals and the development of client/counselor relationships with emphasis placed on working with resistance. The student will examine various theoretical approaches to counselling and practice skill development within each counselling model.|
|SOCW-3032||Analysis of Social Interventions||3|
|This course is designed to further students in their critical analysis of social issues and problems through the examination of interventions designed to address them. Students will consider strategies of intervention, the role of stereotypes and ideology in treatment, the unintended consequences of social intervention, and the roles of ethics and evaluation. The impact of social interventions will be investigated through critical analysis of current responses to racism, violence against women, poverty, youth and family issues, crime, welfare and capitalist economics in Canada. The development of social empathy in society will also be explored.|
|SOCW-3031||Social Work in Mental Health 2||3|
|This course is a continuation of Social Work in Mental Health 1. During this course, students will become more knowledgeable about types of mental health problems (not previously covered in Social Work in Mental Health 1). Selected topics from the previous course will be revisited in order to explore assessment and intervention at a deeper level. Assessment approaches will be explored through the DSM classification system and the strengths-based perspective.|
|SOCW-3008||Social Work Field Practice||8|
|Social Service Field Practice II offers students the opportunity to further implement and practice the skills and theory taught in the classroom and developed in the prerequisite course SOCW3004. The student will be expected to perform their duties equivalent to an 'entry level' position by the completion of this course. To enhance skills and to facilitate integration of theory and practice, the student is monitored by an agency supervisor who works in consultation with a faculty advisor (college supervisor).|
|SOCW-3028||Community Organiz. & Devel. 2||3|
|Community Development is a process of building communities for purposeful action directed by the desire for social equality. This course will further expand the learnings students acquired in CD & Social Change SOCW 3001, focusing on principles and practices of community organizing and social change. It will provide students with a greater understanding of theories, methods & models of community work.Students will be provided with the opportunity to further their knowledge of community development principles, processes and practices to ignite community participation in practical community-based interventions.|
|SOCW-3024||Indiv, Grps & Families Counselling-Adv||3|
|This course builds on previous counselling courses and the group development & practice course. The focus is on developing group facilitation skills by integrating traditional group and counselling theories, concepts, and processes, actively applying these strategies and techniques to demonstrate effective application of theory through experiential learning exercises, feedback, and evaluation. This course is a co-requisite with SOCW3008.|
Careers - 2022/2023
Career OpportunitiesGraduates have found employment in a wide variety of social agencies and departments of government. The search for social work positions is competitive and the graduate must be prepared to search diligently on his/her own behalf. Additional job search assistance is provided by the College's Career Services Department.
More Information - 2022/2023
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
School of Community Studies: 519-452-4224
Program Code: SSW1J
Campus Code: SC (SC - Simcoe)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus: 519-426-8260
Program DescriptionThis two-year program is designed to prepare students for basic social work practice in social agencies and social welfare programs, both public and private, by providing them with a sound knowledge of human behaviour, of individual and social problems and of the necessary helping techniques and skills.
- Due to the academic and field placement rigor required in the Social Service Worker program, applicants applying from secondary school, without additional post-secondary education, are encouraged to consider applying to the Human Services Foundation program. The Human Services Foundation program is an excellent preparatory program for those considering a career as a human services professional.
- Due to the nature of social service work and employer requirements, students with significant social maturity and life experience are encouraged to apply.
- Older students who have developed emotional maturity and stability through involvement in the working field are encouraged to apply.
- In some cases applicants may be recommended to complete the Human Services Foundation program for additional preparation.
- Social Service Worker is a registered professional title which may only legally be used by members in good standing of The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Graduates of the Social Service Worker program will be required by law to join the College after graduation in order to use this professional title. Further information may be accessed at: www.ocswssw.org.
- Students who graduate from this program and wish to transfer to another Community Studies program at Fanshawe College, may qualify for some internal credits that have already been achieved.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Develop respectful and collaborative professional and interpersonal relationships that adhere to professional, legal, and ethical standards aligned to social service work;
- Record information accurately and communicate effectively in written, digital, verbal and non-verbal ways, in adherence to privacy and freedom of information legislation, in accordance with professional and workplace standards;
- Integrate a practice framework within a service delivery continuum, addressing the needs of individuals, families and communities at micro, mezzo, macro and global levels, and work with them in achieving their goals;
- Plan and implement accessible and responsive programs and services, recognizing the diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families and communities, and meeting these needs;
- Examine current social policy, relevant legislation, and political, social, historical, and/or economic systems and their impacts for individuals and communities when delivering services to the user/client;
- Develop strategies and approaches that support individual clients, groups, families and communities in building the capacity for self-advocacy, while affirming their dignity and self-worth;
- Work from an anti-oppressive, strengths-based practice, recognizing the capacity for resilience and growth of individuals and communities when responding to the diverse needs of marginalized or vulnerable populations to act as allies and advocates;
- Develop strategies and approaches to implement and maintain holistic self-care as a member of a human service profession;
- Work with individuals, groups, families and their communities to ensure that service provider strategies promote social and economic justice, and challenge patterns of oppression, discrimination and harassment, and sexual violence with clients, coworkers and communities;
- Develop the capacity to work with the Indigenous individual, families, groups and communities while respecting their inherent rights to self-determine, and to identify and address systemic barriers that produce ill-effects, developing appropriate responses using approaches such as trauma informed care practice.
Program PathwaysFor information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
Program DetailsMore details
2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through ontariocolleges.ca.