Fanshawe College

Social Service Worker - SSW1


This two-year Social Service Worker program is designed to prepare students for basic social work practice in social agencies and social welfare programs, both public and private, by providing them with a sound knowledge of human behaviour, individual and social problems and of the necessary helping techniques and skills. If your default setting is compassion, your natural inclination is to help and you want to offer support in the face of adversity, the Social Service Worker program will give you the education and skills you need to make your empathy make a true difference in the lives of people who need it. In this social work program, you will build a sound knowledge of human behaviour and psychology, individual and social problems, and learn proven techniques to prepare you for social service work in social agencies and social welfare programs. You’ll work with supportive, friendly and experienced faculty and advisors who are committed to helping you succeed, and you’ll take part in role-plays, counselling labs and case studies, and take in presentations from professional social workers and clients. You’ll gain invaluable experience in a variety of field placements in London, with its extensive social service and health community resources. Social work is a competitive field. You’ll graduate with practical skills and hands-on experience that will help you work in this in-demand field, whether it’s in public or private social agencies and social welfare programs. You see the need. You see the problems. You can help.Applicants applying from secondary school are encouraged to consider applying to the Human Services Foundation program.
Due to the nature of social service work and employer requirements, students with significant social maturity and life experience are encouraged to apply.
Social Service Worker is a registered professional title that may only legally be used by members in good standing of The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Graduates of the Social Service Worker program will be required by law to join the College after graduation in order to use this professional title.
Students who graduate from this program and wish to transfer to another Community Studies program at Fanshawe College may qualify for some internal credits that have already been achieved.
This program is offered at our London Campus in September and the Simcoe Campus in September, January and May to both Canadian and International students. Please refer to the Program Availability table below to view which location and intake has available seats.

Program Duration:
60 weeks
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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