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  • Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees (Accelerated)

    Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees (Accelerated)

Program Code:SSIA
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:3 Semesters (12 Months)
Start Dates:Summer,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees (Accelerated) program prepares you to succeed as a social service provider working with immigrants and refugees. This program provides you with a thorough understanding of pre-migration conditions that cause individuals and communities to leave their countries of origin. The program also prepares you to help clients with challenges they face throughout the process of migration and during the process of integration at the host country.

This is the accelerated version of the Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees (SSWI) program. The accelerated program is demanding and requires students with good academic, time management and interpersonal skills.

Field Work

As a student in SSIA, your field work will begin in semester two. Field work provides you with a valuable opportunity to apply your learning to the workplace. In order to be eligible for field work, you will be required to meet the criteria as set out in the "Social Service Worker Student Code of Conduct". You will benefit from supervision and have specified hours, duties and accountabilities to both the college and agency representative. Field work is a mutually agreed contract for which you will be evaluated by the field placement supervisor. The minimum commitment is the successful completion of specific periods as set out in the Field Placement Student Contract.

Please note that students may be required to return to school during the Academic Advisement Week in January in order to do a block placement. Students can expect to spend 20 to 25 hours each week on assignments, as well as two days per week in field placement in semesters two and three.

Accelerated

This is an accelerated program for those who completed a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences or other undergraduate degree. This program consists of a 7-week intensive summer semester (Semester 1) starting in early May each year, followed by a regular academic year commencing the day after Labour Day and concluding in mid-April (Semesters 2 and 3).

Provincial Registration

In order to practice in Ontario as a "Social Service Worker" or a "Registered Social Service Worker", graduates must apply for registration in the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Graduates of the SSIA program will meet the education requirement for registration. For more information, please visit ocswssw.org.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized Bachelor of Art degree in Social Sciences from an accredited institution. Under special circumstances, graduates from other related program areas may be considered.
  • Academic equivalents for four social service or general education related credits and College English.
    • Students with credentials from a foreign institution must be evaluated course by course through WES or ICAS.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.

Prior To Field Placement:

  • A current Police Vulnerable Sector screening:
    • Applicants living in the city of Toronto can expect to wait a minimum of 8-12 weeks to receive a Police Check.

Note:

  • Previous experience in settlement related agencies is recommended for your success in the program.

Fees

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Your Career

Earn your Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees (Accelerated) (SSIA) diploma in three semesters with this accelerated program. As a SSIA student, your career may lead you to employment with mainstream service organizations as well as settlement agencies, schools, shelter for refugees, community centres, parenting drop-in centres, the criminal justice system, health, reception centres, women’s programs and shelters and agencies offering services for immigrant youth, people dealing with disabilities, mental health, addiction, poverty and intergenerational challenges. Based on your skills, interest and professional background, you can work as a job search workshop facilitator, host program worker, settlement worker, housing worker, school settlement worker or within settings that directly deal with advocacy or policy-related initiatives.

Graduates of the SSIA program are eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

All subjects taken during May/June semester must be successfully completed before entrance into the Fall term.

Students who are granted transfer credit in the May/June semester may be required to substitute another first year course in exchange.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 * College English 3
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications 3
SSW102 Diversity: Awareness and Practice 3
SSW212 The Helping Interview and Principles of Practice 3
WIR100 * Introduction to the Immigrant and Refugee Sector 3
WIR147 Field Seminar: Laws, Principles and Ethics 3
WIR208 Social Policy, Legislation and Government Systems 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
SSW311 Case Co-ordination and Advocacy Strategies 3
SSW312 Supportive Counselling 3
WIR347 Integrative Field Work Seminar 2
WIR357 Field Placement 14
WIR377 selected Issues I: Fundraising and Project Management 3
XXXXXX * General Education Option 3
XXXXXX * General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
SSW201 Group Dynamics for Social Service Professionals 3
SSW402 * Community Practice 3
WIR227 Individual and Family in a Multicultural Context 3
WIR247 * Integrative Field Work Seminar 2
WIR257 * Field Placement 14
WIR407 * Selected Issues II:Violence,Mntl.Hlth.,Addictions 3
WIR408 Migration and Trauma 3
WIR447 Integrative Field Work Seminar 2
WIR457 Field Placement 14
XXXXXX * General Education Option 3

* See section on Advanced Standing and Prior Learning Experience.

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Interpersonal Communications
Diversity - Awareness and Practice
The Helping Interview and Principles of Practice
Introduction to the Immigrants and Refugee Sector
Integrative Field Seminar
Social Realities
 
Semester 2
Case Co-ordination and Advocacy Strategies
Supportive Counselling
Integrative Field Work Seminar
Field Placement
Fundraising and Project Management
General Education Option *
General Education Option *
 
Semester 3
Group Dynamics
Community Practice *
Family
Integrative Field Work Seminar
Field Placement *
Selected Issues *
Migration and Trauma
Integrative Field Work Seminar
Field Placement
General Education Option *

* Qualified applicants should have previous postsecondary credits (with a minimum grade of 60%) from Canada or abroad that will allow Seneca to grant transfer credit in these subjects.

Note: Students who are granted transfer credit in the May/June semester may be required to substitute another first-year course in exchange.

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
Email: admissions@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Email: Valentyna.Gorodovych@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Julie Berns
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33007
Email: Julie.Berns@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Soheila Pashang
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55506
Email: Soheila.Pashang@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Biljana Bruce
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55002
Email: Biljana.Bruce@senecacollege.ca
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