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  • Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees

    Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees

Program Code:SSWI
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees program prepares you to succeed as a social service provider working with immigrants and refugees from diverse backgrounds. With a framework based on equity, social justice and anti–oppression principles, 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.

As a graduate, you will possess skills in the areas of international and national migration policies as well as settlement counselling, case management, information and referral, community development, advocacy, fundraising and proposal writing, program planning, development and evaluation. These skills will be supported by an in-depth knowledge about ways in which the intersection of race, class, gender, nationality, ability, education, religion, immigration status and sexual orientation hinder or improve the living conditions of immigrants and refugees.

In the program you are challenged to examine your own beliefs and values and promote social justice, human dignity and equality. Your success in this program is measured by your ability to grow and change and by your academic performance. Your experience is enriched through group interaction and individual work within the classroom setting, seminar format and by the integration of field placement experience with theoretical knowledge. Field work prepares you for employment. It allows you to gain hands-on experience and to learn about organizational operations and initiatives and sector-wide initiatives.

Field Work

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 – Immigrants and Refugees Program: Student Code of Conduct". You will assume the role of a 'beginning professional' in a supervised field placement setting, working within an employer-employee relationship.

You will benefit from supervision and have specified hours, duties and accountabilities to Seneca College, field placement agency, clients and the community at large. 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 Learning Contract.

These periods are typically:

  • The equivalent of two full days per week in semesters two, three and four;
  • Full week block placements as scheduled throughout the program duration.

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 SSWI program will meet the education requirement for registration. For more information, please visit ocswssw.org.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Applicant Selection:

  • In the event of oversubscription, applicants will be required to submit a résumé and a brief essay outlining why they want to enrol in the program.

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:

  • Although not required for admission, proficiency in a language in addition to English is recommended for your success in the program.

Fees

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Your Career

Earn your Ontario College Diploma in Social Service Worker – Immigrants and Refugees (SSWI), and you'll be prepared for careers such as a settlement counsellor or a settlement worker in schools, shelters and reception centres. 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 inter-generational 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 SSWI program are eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Toronto

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Ryerson University• Bachelor of Social Work (Full-Time or Part-Time Advanced Standing)
Tyndale University College• Bachelor of Arts (Human Services, Early Childhood Education, Human Services-Social Service Worker) or Bachelor of Religious Education (Degree Completion or Modular)
York University• Bachelor of Social Work

Ontario

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Algoma University• Bachelor of Arts in Community Development, Bachelor of Arts in Community Economic and Social Development
• Bachelor of Arts in a related field
Brock University• Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology degree or a 4-year with Major Psychology degree, or a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Women’s Studies degree
Lakehead University• Honours Bachelor of Social Work
Nipissing University• Bachelor of Arts
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts
• Honours Bachelor of Social Work
University of Windsor• BA Honours in Disability Studies

International

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Bachelor of Human Services
• Bachelor of Social Work

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.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
SSW101 Interpersonal Communications 3
SSW102 Diversity: Awareness and Practice 3
WIR100 Introduction to the Immigrant and Refugee Sector 3
WIR147 Field Seminar: Laws, Principles and Ethics 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
SSW201 Group Dynamics for Social Service Professionals 3
SSW212 The Helping Interview and Principles of Practice 3
WIR208 Social Policy, Legislation, and Governmental Systems 3
WIR227 Individual and Family in a Multicultural Context 3
WIR247 Integrative Field Work Seminar 2
WIR257 Field Placement 14
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
SSW311 Case Co-ordination and Advocacy Strategies 3
SSW312 Supportive Counseling 3
WIR347 Integrative Field Work Seminar 2
WIR357 Field Placement 14
WIR377 Selected Issues: Fundraising and Project Management 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
SSW402 Community Practice 3
WIR407 Selected Issues II: Violence, Mental Health, Addictions 3
WIR408 Migration and Trauma 3
WIR447 Integrative Field Work Seminar 2
WIR457 Field Placement 14
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Interpersonal Communications
Diversity: Awareness and Practice
Introduction to the Immigrant and Refugee Sector
Integrative Field Seminar: Laws, Principles and Ethics
 
Semester 2
Group Dynamics
The Helping Interview and Principles of Practice
Social Policy, Legislation and Government Systems
Individual and Family in a Multicultural Context
Integrative Field Work Seminar
Field Placement
General Education Option
 
Semester 3
Case Co-ordination and Advocacy Strategies
Supportive Counselling
Integrative Field Work Seminar
Field Placement
Fundraising and Project Management
General Education Option
 
Semester 4
Community Practice
Mental Health and Addiction
Migration and Trauma
Integrative Field Work Seminar
Field Placement
General Education Option

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 Advisors:
  Julie Berns
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33007
Email: Julie.Berns@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Soheila Pashang
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33659
Email: Soheila.Pashang@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Biljana Bruce
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 55002
Email: Biljana.Bruce@senecacollege.ca
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