Community Support Worker
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Are you a passionate person who dreams of a career where you can feel good about the work you do each day? Becoming a community support worker (CSW) is a fulfilling career that allows you to engage with your community on a direct level by helping those who are struggling. Community support workers are currently in high demand, so if you have been considering a career change, now is the time.
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. In this program, 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.
The program offers flexibility for those who have other responsibilities. There are opportunities to study online or on campus with different schedule options, which means that your learning happens on your terms to fit with the rest of your life.
There is currently a great need for CSWs in our communities. SELC’s diploma program covers concepts such as psychosocial rehabilitation, indigenous perspectives on rehabilitation and healing, addiction theories, and recovery and relapse prevention. Students will learn how to conduct needs assessments and operate from a strengths-based perspective.
Through their education in this program, 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.
Students who choose our Social Services program will focus on learning to support marginalized communities and vulnerable individuals in order to build healthy, thriving communities. Social service workers can be employed by social service and government agencies, mental health agencies, shelters, school boards, substance abuse centres, group homes, correctional facilities, and other establishments where they help the community through the facilitation of various social assistance programs.
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Upon completion of this program the successful, student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:
A passing grade of 60% consisting of Final Exam, Midterm Project, Group Presentation, Quizzes, and Assignments
This program is under pending approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.