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Social Service Worker (215)

Program Description

Learn current theories, models and interventions used in social service agencies to build healthy, positive relationships and connections within communities.

Value of self-reflection and how to engage in critical self-awareness to increase your ability to help others and respect the uniqueness and dignity of all people. Develop core values of helping others such as the right to choose, the right to equality, justice and access to services. Acquire helping skills such as interviewing, assessing the needs of others, working effectively with groups and assisting communities to change. Understand how to document and work within legal, ethical and professional frameworks.

Program of Study

Semester 1

  • Essential Communication Skills (COMM11000)
  • Interviewing Skills (COMMSO226)
  • The History & Ethics of Social Work (HIST10015)
  • Intro to Social Service Worker (HMNS10100)
  • Community Awareness and Field Placement Preparation (HMNS10101)
  • Introduction to Group Dynamics (HMNSSO127)
  • Sociology for Social Service Workers (SSCI10047)

Options Group(1): Select 1

  • Communication D
  • Communication 

Semester 2

  • Case Management and Documentation (COMM10260)
  • Professional Development (CREDSO123)
  • SSW Interviewing Skills II (HMNS10155)
  • Privilege & Oppression in SSW (HMNSO232)
  • General Education Elective 1 (OPELXXXX)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYCSS156)
  • Integrative Seminar 1 (WORK10120)
  • Field Placement 1 (WORK10121)

Semester 3

  • SSW Methods of Intervention (HMNS10097)
  • Advocacy for SSW HMNS10098)
  • Working with Children & Adolescents (HMNS10099)
  • General Education Elective 2 (OPELXXXXZ)
  • Abnormal Psychology (G.A.S.) (PSYCAS407)
  • Integrative Seminar 2 (WORK10122)
  • Field Placement 2 (WORK10123)

Semester 4

  • SSW Community Change (HMNS10095)
  • Issues Related to Family (HMNS10096)
  • Crisis Intervention for SSW (HMNS10156)
  • Decolonizing Social Service Worker Practices (INDS10029)
  • Social Policy & Law (LAWS10112)
  • Integrative Seminar 3 (WORK10124)
  • Field Placement 3 (WORK10125)


Admission Requirements
  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
  • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent (70% guideline)
  • Attendance at program orientation is strongly recommended
  • 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
  • Waitlist for SNP Campus is integrated with the Fennell Campus waitlist
  • Options are available for mature applicants

1st Year Fees Total $4,444.14 *Based on 2023/2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees.

Tuition Year 1 – 2708.08
Ancillary Fees – 959.56
MSA Fees – 663.50
Pre-Placement Screening – 113.00

Complete an application online through portal ($125.00 non-refundable application fee)

Career Paths
  • Social Service Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Employment
  • Counsellor
  • Community Worker

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Accrediting Institution
Mohawk College
Program Length
2 Academic Years
Next Program Intake
September 2024
Brantford Campus
Credential Type
Ontario College Diploma


411 Elgin St.
Brantford, ON N3S 7P5

General Contact:

Program Contact
519-445-0023 ext. 6226