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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

This two-year Social Services Worker - Indigenous Specialization diploma program will offer a culturally relevant, client-centred approach that provides Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with the opportunity to prepare for work in the human services field.  The Social Services Worker is a regulated profession, with standards of practice and established professional ethics regulated by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.  Students will learn to demonstrate consistent ethical, legal, and professional responsibility and adherence to the social work values and principles.  The Indigenous specialization option will provide graduates with enhanced knowledge, skills, and the cultural competencies to work effectively with indigenous peoples.

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Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Additional Requirements

  • First Aid Certificate prior to field placement

  • Criminal record check completed at least one month prior to field placement.

  • Two-step TB test and flu shot (for some placements)


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. Semester 1 Fall 2019
  2. Semester 2 Winter 2020
  3. Semester 3 Fall 2020
  4. Semester 4 Winter 2021

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
PSY 1050 Introduction To Psychology I 3
SOC 1007 Introduction to Indigenous Studies 3
WES 1001 Communication in Small Groups I 3
WES 1110 Social Work Practice I 4
WES 1002 Indigenous Admin & Governance 3
The following General Education course: 3
Introduction To Gerontology  
Semester 2
ENG 1242 Speaking/Writing Comm. Services I 3
WES 1210 Social Work Practice II 4
WES 1240 Communication in Small Groups II 3
WES 1003 Indigenous Child, Family and Community 3
WES 1295 Field Work I 2
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Personal Finance  
Positive Psychology  
Human Sexuality  
Media and Current Events  
Semester 3
HEA 1063 Indigenous Healing and Wellness 4
WES 1004 Advocacy and Community Develop 3
WES 2052 Recording & Observation 3
WES 1251 Ethics 3
WES 2320 Group Dynamics 3
One of the following General Education courses: 3
Personal Finance  
Negotiation & Labour Relations  
Positive Psychology  
Human Sexuality  
Semester 4
WES 2490 Field Work II 20
 Total Credits79


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies is under review for Year 1.  The information will be updated on the website upon further review of the program.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may seek employment for casework and counselling positions within:

  • Social agencies of the municipal, provincial, and federal governments
  • Indigenous community centres and childcare agencies
  • Non-government services and agencies
  • Charitable organizations
  • Clinics
  • Foster and group homes
  • Half-way houses
  • Long term care and retirement homes

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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