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Family & Community Social Services (full-time)

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“Working in the field of social services means promoting social justice.  We’ve always worked to make a difference - but something quite exciting is happening.  Our roles are changing significantly within community agencies.  We’re now seeing opportunities to effect change in more ways than ever before.”

- Dr. Paul Sherman, Program Head, Family & Community Social Services

There’s an incredible responsibility in helping our most vulnerable populations, today more so than ever before.  Shifts in public policy have resulted in a new focus on mental health, and on early intervention and prevention.  Our multicultural society is growing.  Our roles are changing dramatically in the workplace – we’re expected to know more and do more on the frontlines.

So, how do you learn to prepare yourself for a field in such evolution?  You learn the most pertinent information while gaining experience in the field.  That’s why we emphasize both theoretical knowledge and applied skills.

You learn the complex issues behind people’s actions and behaviours.  Understand the unique needs of vulnerable people.  Learn why theories developed and how they’ve evolved so that you can adapt them. 

Seeing your knowledge take shape in the field doesn’t begin when the learning ends – it happens concurrently.  With more than 850 hours of practical experience over four years, you work with a variety of people in a variety of settings.  The collective experience is like no other.

Whether you’re interested in working in a child welfare agency, in a correctional facility, in a school, in a seniors residence, or in an advocacy agency – you’ll have the most relevant knowledge base and real life experiences to get you there.

What credentials will I graduate with?

Earn BOTH an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family & Community Social Services AND a Social Service Worker Diploma.

You gain both theoretical knowledge and applied skills – that’s why you graduate with two credentials.  Both an honours degree from the University of Guelph, and a diploma from Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning – two of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions.  All in four years of full-time study.

Having a degree is critical to advancing within this changing landscape.  Whether you’re interested in working with children, the homeless, young offenders, the elderly, victims of violence, people with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, with addictions, with mental health issues – having your degree in addition to your diploma will allow for you to specialize in any one of these populations at the graduate level, or begin your career in the field immediately.

Our curriculum is what makes the difference.  It innovatively combines theoretical and applied learning so that you are better prepared for whatever you may choose to do.

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