Community Support Worker - Social Service
SELC’s Community Support Worker Program is an exciting educational experience complete with passionate, experienced instructors who reflect the standards set out by today’s human services industry.
Students learn how to effectively provide multi-faceted support to individuals experiencing mental health issues, emotional abuse, physical/sensory impairments, developmental disabilities, and addiction disorders. This program is flexible; there are opportunities to study online, or on campus with different schedule options. There is currently a great need for CSW’s in our communities, and students will learn how to conduct needs assessments, and operate from a strengths-based perspective. This program covers concepts such as psychosocial rehabilitation, indigenous perspectives on rehabilitation and healing, addiction theories, and recovery and relapse prevention.
Students gain a better understanding of oppressed and marginalized populations such as indigenous populations, the elderly, members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community and persons with disabilities. As this is an applied program, students will be transferring the skills they learn in class to authentic support worker environments. Students will be spending part of their program in a practical work setting, and participating in community outreach/support to clients. Additionally, students will be required to take a community resource and networking course prior to the start of their practicums. This will allow students to enter into a practical experience with community insights that will only serve them well in their new careers.