The Social Service Worker (SSW) diploma allows you to be registered in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers. This program prepares you to develop or hone your skills for working with people who are experiencing distressing events in their lives, both from an individual perspective, and in a way that examines how society can contribute to the challenges and crises in people's lives.
This unique stream of the Social Service Worker program is geared to people who have been working in the field of social work who want to attain their diploma, as well as to people looking for a career change who wish to enter the health and/or human services field.
Why Earn an SSW Diploma?
Earning an SSW diploma means that graduates can register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers and legally use the SSW designation after their names. By working toward a diploma part-time, health and human service professionals will acquire up-to-date skills and knowledge, learn new ways of working with people, and meet other professionals from a broad range of agencies and organizations, thereby increasing networking opportunities.
How will Courses be Delivered?
Courses will be taught at the Humber Lakeshore Campus on evenings, weekends and during intensive Summer Institutes with course work condensed into five or six days. Select courses are also delivered at the Humber North Campus. Some courses will be available online or onsite at your agency. Any agency with 20 or more staff who are interested in the program, may arrange for courses to be delivered onsite.
What About Prior Learning and Exemption Credits?
The program recognizes the fact that professionals who have been working in the field prior to program entry have tremendous knowledge for which they are granted credit. As well, people with other degrees or diplomas benefit from receiving credit for previous education. Professionals can continue to work and acquire their diploma on a part-time basis. Part-time students receive the same excellence in training the full-time students do, within a shorter time frame.
The length of time required to complete the diploma is unique for each student, depending upon the number of prior learning assessment (PLA) and equivalency and/or transfer (formerly referred to as exemption) credits that the student is granted. In addition, completion time is dependent upon how many course(s) a student wishes/is able to take each semester. Most students will be able to complete this diploma within two to three years on a part-time basis.