What will I learn?

Your sense of caring may have come naturally or perhaps your life has been touched by circumstances that kindle a sense of empathy and a desire to be of service. If you have a desire to support people in times of need and crisis, a career in social services may be for you. Up to 90% of our Social Service Worker (SSW) graduates find stable, satisfying work. A shortage of workers is predicted over the next five years.

Choose Social Service Work If You

  • Want to help build healthy communities
  • Have a strong desire to support others
  • Believe in caring for others
  • Feel a sense of duty to your community
  • Want to work with marginalized populations

Social Work values form the foundation of this beneficial and rewarding program.

Program Benefits

  • Practical interviewing and counselling skills
  • Development of written and oral communication
  • Promotion of self-awareness, personal growth and readiness for practice
  • Critical thinking, team building and problem solving skills
  • Individual, group and family strategy skills
  • Feminist and Indigenous approaches to practice are introduced
  • Anti-oppressive perspectives are a foundation of the program

This program prepares you to work as entry level practitioner in the Human Services field.

Practicums Provide an Opportunity to Explore

Practicums include a variety of services and programs serving a wide range of populations that includes people who live in poverty, are young, are aging, have substance use and/or mental health problems, have behavioral problems, or other issues that interfere with their ability to cope successfully in a demanding society.

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate skills that include

  • Advocacy
  • Child and youth care
  • Employment supports
  • Substance use awareness
  • Group facilitation
  • Community support and individual support
  • Problem-solving and communication skills

Transfer Opportunities

Your SSW certificate transfers to two Human Services diploma specialties at Selkirk and also to related programs at other universities.

This course having accreditation with Certificate / Diploma.

Which department am I in?

School of Human Services

Study options

Full Time (9-Month / 2 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$12,410.00 (US$ 9,727) per year
Start date

Expected January, May, September 2021

Venue

Selkirk College

Castlegar Campus,

301 Frank Beinder Way,

Castlegar,

British Columbia (BC),

V1N 4L3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have graduated from a BC Senior Secondary School or equivalent, or Be 19 years of age or older, or Be under 19 years of age but have a written recommendation from your Secondary School Principal, or Be considered by the Admissions & Standards Committee or Registrar to be capable of succeeding in college courses in view of your particular circumstances. English Language Proficiency Requirements: submission of a TOEFL score of IBT 80 or better; or submission of an IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band less than 5.5 or better; or submission of an acceptable score on the Language Proficiency Index score of 4 or better.

For international students

Official transcripts from high school or post-secondary institutions (mailed directly from the Ministry of Education and educational institutions) showing the following:

Grade 12 or equivalent (consideration will be given to mature students)

English 12 or equivalent with a grade of "C" or better (or a minimum Language Proficiency Score (LPI) of level 4).

Submission of a TOEFL score of IBT 80 or better; or

Submission of an IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual band less than 5.5 or better; or

Submission of an acceptable score on the Language Proficiency Index score of 4 or better.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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