Diploma Program

Community Support Worker - Social Service


NYIT Pathway

Program Overview

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.

Career Opportunities

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Completion Requirements


English Requirements:

Students require ALL of the following:

Proof of Canadian citizenship or permanent residency for domestic students

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and completion of high school studies and/or commencement of post-secondary studies OR have achieved MATURE STUDENT STATUS: 19 years of age, out of secondary school for a minimum of 1 year with program industry experience minimum of 100 hours

Criminal Record Check

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program the successful, student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

Empower those who have developmental disabilities and/or comorbid conditions-focusing on self-determination and community independence

Promote the development of clients’ mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health

Prepare individuals to participate fully in the community offering support in the least restrictive ways possible

Teach clients valuable skills such as conflict management, interpersonal effectiveness, prosocial decision-making,crisis management, and how to create healthy boundaries

Participate in community resource and networking

Support individuals with serious mental health conditions, including psychotic disorders

Advocate for historically oppressed and marginalized populations such as indigenous clients, and LGBTQIA2S+ individuals

Communicate to clients with communication disorders using a variety of augmentative and alternative communication devices/adaptive technology


This program is under pending approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training
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