Diploma in Community Support Worker – Social Services

The Community Support Worker – Social Services Diploma Program at SELC College is an engaging and comprehensive program designed for individuals passionate about supporting and empowering marginalized or vulnerable communities. This program provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to build healthy communities and offer comprehensive support in various social service settings.

Community Support and Social Services Student

Skills that a support worker needs

What Will Students Learn With the Community Support Worker and Social Services Program?

The program emphasizes a deep understanding of developmental psychology, providing essential insights into individual growth across different life stages. A significant focus is on addiction and mental health, where students learn contemporary theories and practical approaches for effective support. The curriculum also stresses the importance of professional ethics and standards in community support work. Additionally, it addresses the crucial aspects of self-care and burnout prevention, preparing students for the emotional rigors of the field. This comprehensive educational approach equips students with a blend of psychological knowledge, cultural sensitivity, ethical practice, and personal well-being, making them well-prepared for various roles in social services.

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Developmental psychology
  • Family dynamics & culture
  • Professional ethics
  • Self-care & preventing burnout

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Courses in Community Support Worker – Social Service Diploma

This course prepares students to build a solid foundation for academic success in post-secondary environments. Student Success Strategies is the perfect course for students who are new to the college environment and puts them at ease by preparing them well for high achievement and academic success.

In this course, students will begin their study of Microsoft Word, one of the most popular computer software applications and one that almost everyone has a reason to use. This course offers students the opportunity to use Microsoft Word to perform basic word processing tasks, such as writing a memo, a report, or a letter.

Students define interpersonal relationships and identify ways to distinguish among the different types. Students will learn to identify and describe the stages of relational escalation and de-escalation. Students will also be able to explain what occurs and how to respond when relationship expectations are violated. Workplace communication and family dynamics relative to communication are covered as well.

This course teaches students basic concepts and methods, as well as differing theories of child (early, middle) development. Students learn physical, sensory, and perceptual development in infancy and early childhood, cognitive development in infancy/early childhood and social and personality development in infancy and early childhood.

This course relates its content to the real world; students study and write a report on development in the real world. For example, students research and report on First Nations youth suicide crisis; social change and multicultural identity formation; youth criminal justice, the effects of video games, bullies and victims.

Students are taught to maintain a critical perspective on the various DSM diagnoses and the medical model as promulgated through the DSM. The field of social/community support work has a focus not just on the individual, but on the person within an environmental context, and concerns itself with strengths as well as problems.

Fundamentals of Poverty explores the impact poverty has on the individuals who must cope with it, as well as the impact on the community as a whole. Particular emphasis is placed on child poverty in Canada, as well as de-bunking myths and stereotypes about poverty.

This course employs a clinical case-based, life span approach with emphasis on the following: the strengthening of knowledge, skills, and concepts through comprehensive case studies, which include evaluation and treatment plans; the use of technologies to better understand communication development and to assess and treat disorders of communication; multicultural issues, focusing on the interactions among culture, communication ability, and communication disability and research-based practices in assessment and intervention.

This course introduces the basic facts and major issues concerning drug-taking behaviour in a straightforward, comprehensive manner. It provides an often surprising and provocative insight into current viewpoints and research.

This course includes a practical collection of tools and strategies for prospective addictions counselors that includes a solid foundation of research, theory, and history. Practical and comprehensive, Trauma Informed Practice explores an array of techniques and skills that a new practitioner will need in the real world while providing a thorough review of the research, theory, and history of addiction counseling.

This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in interviewing techniques including the use of non-verbal behavior, making effective inquiries, sharing and recognizing feelings, understanding others’ underlying beliefs, knowing what information to give and when to give it, and developing one’s own personal interviewing style.

This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in interviewing techniques including the use of non-verbal behavior, making effective inquiries, sharing and recognizing feelings, understanding others’ underlying beliefs, knowing what information to give and when to give it, and developing one’s own personal interviewing style.

In this course, students learn how to support individuals with basic activities of daily living. Activities of daily living (ADLs) are essential and routine tasks that most young, healthy individuals can perform without assistance. The inability to accomplish essential activities of daily living may lead to unsafe conditions and poor quality of life. This course highlights the importance of assessing ADL in patients to help ensure that patients who require assistance are identified. ADL is used as an indicator of a person’s functional status. The inability to perform ADLs results in the dependence of other individuals and/or mechanical devices.

This course offers CSSW’s a comprehensive introduction to the skills necessary for a broad range of careers in human services, with an emphasis on practical application and multicultural issues. We view human service workers as agents of change, and define roles, problems, and boundaries in accordance with this belief.

Students learn that families are both a public social institution and a private personal relationship. Social inequality has a powerful influence on family life. As this program endorses strength-based approaches, attention is given to family resiliency.

In this course, students will be able to use their skills to demonstrate the effectiveness of successful integration in the delivery of culturally safe mental health services for Indigenous clients. Intergenerational trauma and substance use is also covered with a focus on Indigenous approaches to healing and well-being.

This course includes a practical collection of tools and strategies for prospective addictions counselors that includes a solid foundation of research, theory, and history. Practical and comprehensive, Trauma Informed Practice explores an array of techniques and skills that a new practitioner will need in the real world while providing a thorough review of the research, theory, and history of addiction counseling.

Workers experiencing burnout may end up abandoning the job and seeking other employment, often regardless of their commitment to it. This course recognizes that prevention is always better than the cure. Thus, topics covered include: types of burnout, reasons for burnout, cross-cultural comparisons, stress, and how to take care of the self, acknowledging the importance of practicing self-care on a regular basis.

This course is an introduction to current ethical issues and ongoing ethical concerns in social work/community support practice. Students learn about major issues such as: issues of confidentiality, of informed consent, of client self-determination and the responsibility to protect, of concerns about the application of policies that don’t always fit every situation equally well, of value differences, and many others that continue to be major ongoing concerns in social work practice.

Career opportunities for students

Jobs & Career For International Students

In Canada, the role of Community Support Workers in Social Services is crucial and expanding, driven by a heightened focus on mental health, addiction, trauma, and support for marginalized and vulnerable groups. The sector is marked by a commitment to diversity and inclusivity, especially in aiding indigenous communities, creating a demand for professionals skilled in cross-cultural dynamics and social advocacy. Community Support Workers find opportunities in various settings, including social agencies, healthcare, schools, and NGOs, often collaborating with a range of professionals. This interdisciplinary field not only offers diverse career paths but also the opportunity to make a significant social impact. With Canada’s ongoing emphasis on community well-being, the demand for these skilled workers is set to increase, highlighting the role’s importance in fostering a more equitable and supportive society.
  • Addictions Worker
  • Community Development Worker
  • Family Service Worker
  • Social Services Worker
  • Community Services Worker

    Average salary for 

    a Community Services Worker

    $48,000/ a year

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    Start Dates for the Program 

    Students who would like to study Community Support Worker – Social Services Diploma can decide on any date to start the program. Program start dates are subject to change. Our team will assist you in finding the best available date regarding your study plans in Canada.

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    Start Dates in 2024
    May 21st 2024
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