Social Service Worker - Indigenous Specialization (SSIS)
Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne
This two-year Social Services Worker - Indigenous Specialization diploma program will offer a culturally relevant, client-centered 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.
Students who meet the requirements, will have the opportunity to complete a community placement. Students will be responsible for any expenses incurred related to placement, such as Paramed consultation, transportation, meals and accommodations.
Agencies will require students to have additional medical and non-medical documents prior to the completion of any community based placement. Paramed will be responsible for the coordination of the required documentation in consultation with the students.
Required documentation includes:
- Criminal Records Check - Vulnerable Sector Screening
- Health documentation (up-to-date immunization, Two-step TB test, freedom for communicable disease)
- First Aid/CPR
- Field certifications - Bill 18 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) or (U)
Computer competency in relevant software
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)
This program will be delivered in the following terms:
Fall Term Start
- SEMESTER 1 Fall 2021
- SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022
- SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
- SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023
For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.
Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year
|ENG 1002||College Communications||3|
|PSY 1050||Introduction To Psychology I||3|
|IND 1003||Introduction to Indigenous Studies||3|
|WES 1002||Anishnabeg/Indigenous Social Services I||3|
|One General Education Course. 1||3|
|ENG 1242||Speaking/Writing Comm. Services I||3|
|WES 1003||Anishnabeg/Indigenous Family and Community Dynamics||3|
|WES 1295||Field Work I||2|
|One General Education course. 1||3|
|WES 1004||Anishnabeg/Indigenous Social Services II||3|
|WES 1063||Anishnabeg/Indigenous Social Work Practice III||4|
|WES 2052||Recording & Observation||3|
|WES 2320||Group Dynamics||3|
|One General Education course. 1||3|
|WES 2490||Field Work II||20|
For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.
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.
Graduates may seek employment for casework and counselling positions within:
- Social agencies of the municipal, provincial, and federal governments
- Urban Indigenous agencies
- First Nation Communities
- Childcare agencies
- Non-government services and agencies
- Charitable organizations
- Group homes
- Residential homes
- Half-way houses
- Long term care and retirement homes
- Addiction and Mental Health Agencies
- Child Welfare agencies
- Children, Youth and Families
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.