Social Service Worker

Program Title – Social Service Worker


Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.

NORT-A007 (PC) Timmins Campus
NORT-A104 (CN) Distance Learning
NORT-A068 (HL) Haileybury Campus
NORT-A036 (KL) Kirkland Lake Campus
NORT-A031(JB) Moosonee Campus

Program Description
Social Service Workers focus on promoting equality, and addressing disadvantages that people face on the basis of race, disability, gender or age. They use their knowledge of human behaviour and development, communication, interviewing and counseling skills, to work with groups and/or communities to help them become more caring and capable of supporting their communities.

This program prepares students to work with people who are experiencing stressful events in their lives from an individual, family and community perspective. Students will learn how to intervene in crisis situations and will develop skills needed to assist individual clients, groups, families and communities to better meet their challenges and to enhance their social functioning. Clinical practice labs and field placements provide a milieu where students are able to apply theory into practice through interviewing, case assessment and planning. Students must be able to apply skills, such as teamwork and group work outside of class. They may also be required to seek feedback from agency professionals for lab work and video assignments. Northern College values lifelong learning in an effort to maintain the current competencies outlined by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. The College assists learners in developing competent skills, attitudes and an interest in the social service profession egalitarian and supportive relationships with our professors and facilitators facilitate adult learning and development.

Alternate Delivery
This program is available to students on campus and to students studying at a distance by e-learning/Contact North format. Please note that students studying by e-learning/Contact North format will be required to travel to lab locations (e.g out of town) on multiple occasions at their own expense.

Career Opportunities
Social Service Workers are commonly employed by government agencies and social service agencies. Graduates are eligible to register with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Web site: http://www.ocswssw.org/.

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

Contact Information
Contact North (CN), Haileybury, Kirkland Lake and Timmins Campuses
Jane Petroni | Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2180 | petronij@northern.on.ca