This graduate program is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and values of individuals who are engaged in career development work. Students will have the opportunity in the program to designate a mentor, who will mentor them through the hands-on experience of the program. Note: This program is fully online.
Admission requirements: a degree or diploma in a human services related field.
Level 1 Credits SOCI-6001 Orientation to Employment Counselling 3 This course provides the learner with an overview of introductory theory and skills pertaining to the helping relationship process. Specifically, the learner will engage in learning projects which allows for skill development related to self-understanding, listening, non-verbal and verbal attending, assessment and constructive feedback, and conduct a basic employment interview session. SOCI-6002 The Role of Assessment Instruments 3 The student will develop skills in the application of descriptive and inferential statistics to the field of career counselling; have practice in using assessment tools; examine the procedures for using and interpreting data using a variety of other tests/tools. Ethics, limitations and cautions of administering standardized tests will be discussed. Students will set new learning goals for continued professional development in the use of assessment instruments. SOCI-6003 Career Transition & Change Management 3 This course will provide an opportunity for the student to acquire and refine knowledge, skills and abilities concerning several aspects of change and life transitions. The student will gain an understanding of how change impacts the working population through the examination and review of selected theories and models of planned change. SOCI-6007 Sociological Perspective of Work 3 This hands on course will focus on understanding the principles of industrial relations with an emphasis on ensuring that students understand their rights in the workplace. The lessons learned in the course are intended to have application to the student's personal life and work life. SOCI-6008 Entrepreneurism & Program Management 3 This course explores the roles of the intrapreneur in career development orientated organizations and the entrepreneur work in the private sector; allows the student to access their own entrepreneurial traits & strategies for intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial endeavours. Market research techniques and marketing strategies will be developed at a micro-individual level and macro-agency or private business level. Operational and financial planning will be examined. SOCI-6009 Counselling Diverse/Special Needs Groups 3 This course will allow the Career Counsellor to identify characteristics, barriers to employment and strategies to assess a variety of special groups. These groups include people with disabilities, displaced workers, older workers, youth, immigrants and visible minorities, persons with learning disabilities, the mentally ill, ex-offenders, persons with developmental disabilities, Ontario Works Clients, Aboriginal people, women, men and the working poor. SOCI-6010 Career Counselling 3 The principles of the career counselling process are explored in this course. Theory is linked to practice and students are exposed to a variety of strategies to use with clients in both the individual and group settings. A model of career counselling is offered for consideration. Students will have the opportunity to practice and discuss the model. SOCI-6017 Labour Market-Career Development 3 This is a course that covers the Labour Market as it pertains to Career Development. SOCI-6012 Applied Organizational Psychology 3 This course focuses on developing facilitation skills. Students will learn practical skills for working in and facilitating teams in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes. By fulfilling a variety of team roles, students will become proficient at both leading and participating in groups throughout the stages of team development. Students completing this course will have the skills to facilitate goal setting, problem solving, conflict resolution, strategic planning and other group activities. FLDP-6021 Field Placement Career Development 4 This course will demonstrate a working knowledge of career counselling skills and theories, to practice these skills, to apply the theory and to gain experience in the career development field. This course will integrate curriculum from other courses into practical learning experiences. Students will develop and demonstrate professional behaviours and attitudes. Students will do self reflection, journaling and the creation of a learning contract. SOCI-6016 Ethics in Career Development 3 This is a course that covers Ethics in Career Development.
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