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Community Social Services

Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Community Social Services
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Social Service Worker Diploma

Why study Community Social Services at UofGH?

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Focused Academic Program

Explore current social issues and understand the challenges faced by vulnerable populations so you can learn how to deliver impactful services, such as counselling, mediation and crisis intervention.

Courses in your first year focus on understanding human behaviour and issues related to individuals, families and groups.

In your second year, you will engage in theoretical and practical studies in counselling, ethical and professional issues, and working with various client populations. You may choose to focus on one of two areas of emphasis: Mental Health & Addictions or Youth & Families.*

In your upper years, you will work with diverse groups and learn theory and techniques in areas such as family therapy, case management and crisis intervention. Build strong clinical skills that exceed the industry standard for undergraduate education. Learn basic communication competencies to more in-depth therapeutic interventions for individual,group and family counselling. You will practise interviewing, counselling, crisis intervention, mediation and conflict resolution. By recording the sessions, you can analyze your techniques to help you learn to communicate and support people more effectively.

Graduate with important skills in social services—how to listen, how to support someone, understanding boundaries, professionalism, cultural awareness, compassion, global citizenship and self-care. In your final semester, apply for registration as a Social Service Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

*Note: New proposed Areas of Emphasis are currently pending Senate approval.

Transfer into our program to continue your education on current social issues and understand the challenges faced by vulnerable populations. Learn how to deliver impactful services, such as counselling, mediation and crisis intervention, and explore the development and delivery of programs designed to assist individuals, families and communities.

  • Focus on understanding human behaviour and issues related to individuals, families and groups
  • Engage in theoretical and practical studies in counselling, ethical and professional issues, and working with various populations
  • Graduate with important skills in social work—how to listen, how to support someone, understanding boundaries, professionalism, cultural awareness, compassion, global citizenship and self-care.

First-year Courses

  • Couple & Family Dynamics
  • CSS Writing & Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Introductory Psychology: Dynamics
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Issues in Advocacy & Social Justice
  • Social Issues & Social Environments
  • Social Work in Canada
  • The Political Process & Social Work

Note: First-year courses and the program overview may be subject to change.

Transfer Pathways

If you have any postsecondary education and you wish to apply to the University of Guelph-Humber, then you are a Transfer Applicant.

College Block Credit Transfer Pathway

Our college block credit transfer pathways allow you to move seamlessly with your college diploma into our honours degree program.

If you have completed an Addiction & Mental Health Worker diploma from a recognized Ontario college, with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, you are eligible for up to 5.0 transfer credits (equivalent to one year of study). Centennial College graduates with an Addiction & Mental Health Worker diploma may receive 10.0 transfer credits (equivalent to two years of study) based on equivalency.

If you have completed one of the recognized Ontario college two- or three-year diplomas listed below, with a minimum cumulative average of 75%, you are eligible for 10.0 transfer credits (equivalent to two years of study). Applicants with these diplomas will not have placements in their program because those requirements are fulfilled by the completion of the diploma.

  • Child and Youth Care
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Social Service Worker

Please refer to www.ocswssw.org/registration-section/list-of-social-service-work-programs/ for details on other diploma equivalences.

Full-time study on campus: 

  • Attend classes on campus in Toronto
  • Our full-time program is available to block credit transfer applicants who receive 5 or 10 transfer credits
  • Complete your degree in two years if you receive 10 transfer credits

Part-time study, fully online: 

  • Flexibility of online study anywhere with an internet connection
  • All courses are online
  • Complete your degree in less than two and a half years; you diploma fulfills our placement requirements
  • Our part-time program is only available to block credit transfer applicants who have one of the diplomas listed above and receive 10.0 transfer credits

General Transfer Applicants

If you have previous postsecondary education and are not eligible as a College Block Credit Transfer applicant, you are considered a General Transfer Applicant. General Transfer Applicants are only eligible to apply to the full-time on-campus option.

Coming from a diploma program
If you have completed coursework or a diploma from a college diploma program, you must have a minimum cumulative average of 75% to be considered for admission.

Coming from a degree program
If you have completed a degree or degree-related coursework from a recognized college or university program, you must have a minimum cumulative average of 70% to be considered for admission.

If you enter the full-time program as a General Transfer Applicant, it is important to know that you cannot transfer into the part-time online program at a later date as you will not have the placement and courses required for admission to the program.

Experiential Learning

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Intermediate Practicum
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Advanced Practicum

You will complete more than 850 hours of supervised workplace experience.

  • Year 2, Winter: Initial exposure to a variety of social issues and the day-to-day operations within a community organization.
  • Year 3, Fall/Winter: Continue to learn about agency functions by interacting on a more frequent basis with agency staff, volunteers, clients and the community.
  • Year 4, Fall/Winter: Solidify your knowledge and skills in client services as you prepare for a career in social services or post-graduate education.

Past placements include:

  • Addiction centres
  • Children’s mental health centres
  • Correctional facilities
  • Crisis counselling lines
  • Employment centres
  • Probation and parole centres
  • School settings
  • Seniors’ residences
  • Settlement agencies
  • Youth drop-in centres

Note: You will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening prior to each placement.

Program Overview

Review the appropriate program overview. (Course scheduling is subject to change.)

  • Applying to full-time: Students that will receive 10 transfer credits, refer to the "2 years".
  • Students that will receive less than 10 transfer credits, refer to "2 years+".
  • Applying to part-time online, see button below.

Experiential Learning

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Foundation Practicum
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Intermediate Practicum
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Advanced Practicum

For students entering as General Transfer (i.e., without placement transfer credit), you will complete more than 850 hours of supervised workplace experience.

  • Year 2, Winter: Initial exposure to a variety of social issues and the day-to-day operations within a community organization.
  • Year 3, Fall/Winter: Continue to learn about agency functions by interacting on a more frequent basis with agency staff, volunteers, clients and the community.
  • Year 4, Fall/Winter: Solidify your knowledge and skills in client services as you prepare for a career in social services or post-graduate education.

Past placements include:

  • Addiction centres
  • Children’s mental health centres
  • Correctional facilities
  • Crisis counselling lines
  • Employment centres
  • Probation and parole centres
  • School settings
  • Seniors’ residences
  • Settlement agencies
  • Youth drop-in centres

Note: You will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening prior to each placement.

Sample Careers + Further Education

  • Addictions Coordinator
  • Case Manager
  • Community Support Worker
  • Community Youth Worker
  • Crisis Counsellor
  • Family & Community Mediator
  • Family Support Coordinator
  • Hospice Support Worker
  • Intensive Behaviour Therapist
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Parole Officer
  • Residential Youth Worker
  • Social Service Coordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy
    & Administration
  • Master of Arts in Critical
    Disability Studies
  • Law School
  • Postgraduate Certificate in
    Addictions & Mental Health
  • Master of Education in
    Counselling Psychology
  • PhD in Social Justice Education
  • PhD in Education & Social Justice

Note: Some careers and entry into further education may require additional study.

 
Stefania

Stefania B.
Social Worker (Surgery), Mackenzie Health Hospital
Co-founder, Love & Above
Master of Social Work, University of Toronto, 2018

“I thought I would leave Guelph-Humber knowing all the answers. Now that I'm working in the field I know that my time at Guelph-Humber gave me the skills to ask the right questions.”

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Michael

Michael M.
Currently in 4th year  (at time of profile)
Planning to pursue graduate school,
e.g. Masters in Social Work or Public Policy/Administration

“The FCSS program has given me opportunities and skills to critically examine the world around me. Future students can expect to come into an environment that facilitates meaningful learning about a wide array of topics.”

More about Michael
 

Opportunities

Participate in professional development

The See | Change Symposium is an annual student-run event that gives you the opportunity to learn from invited practitioners and researchers in your field.

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A future in law

After graduation, take advantage of our partnerships to study law in England. Earn a senior status law degree (LLB) with The City Law School, City, University of London in just two years, or a Master of Law (LLM) through distance learning with the University of London in one to five years (full- or part-time). 

  • No LSAT
  • Reduced tuition

Study in London, England, where the largest law firms in the world are located. The Graduate Entry LLB (Hons) program attracts students from all over the world—many from Canada. Follow in the footsteps of renowned alumni such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

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Research as an undergraduate

If research interests you, get to know the many research opportunities inside and outside of class. Get paid and conduct research as a Research Assistant with instructors funded by the University’s Research Grant Fund.

  • Apply classroom knowledge
  • Develop skills in conducting experiments, research and data collection
  • Contribute to research publications
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Study Abroad

Through instructor-guided study tours, you experience concepts discussed in class. Because all study abroad courses are partially subsidized by the University, the opportunities are within reach. You may also be eligible for a study abroad travel grant, ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

Past highlights include:

  • Going to outdoor classrooms in Odense where children interact with nature: an example of Denmark’s unique contribution to child development
  • Learning about Soka education—a philosophy of well-being and global citizenship in Japan
  • Exploring the interplay between sport, health and culture in New Zealand’s Australasian society
  • Immersing in the Italian food experience from production to consumption in Italy, including a visit to the world's first food theme park
  • Heading to the Galápagos Islands and inland Ecuador to study "eco-psychology"—exploring attitudes, perceptions and behaviour of people toward the environment
  • Understanding freedom of speech through examples set in the Netherlands and Denmark
  • Visiting areas of historical/cultural significance in Ireland to interact with academics, community groups, and agencies involved in governance, democracy and human rights

Get Involved

Societies

Societies are related to our seven academic programs and offer a realm of activities outside of class. They can help you develop leadership skills, gain professional experience and network. Get involved with the CSS Society! Check out our Clubs and Societies page.

CSS Model United Nations

Take on simulated roles as international delegates to debate current global issues with students from around the world. Gain hands-on experience in international relations, current events and examining political issues as you improve your public speaking, debating and collaboration skills.

Agora Fellowship

Be a part of the Agora Fellowship: a select group of students who discuss ideas and themes from renowned books in a regular forum led by Dr. George Bragues. Build your extracurricular experience. Every year, the Fellowship takes a trip related to their current topics; destinations have included Boston, Montreal, New York and Washington.

Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship

Join the Soka Education Research Centre on Global Citizenship: a global undergraduate research project—the first of its kind in the world—led by Community Social Services Program Head Dr. Paul Sherman. Explore how to nurture human potential and happiness for the greater benefit of humankind through the study of Soka (value-creating) education and global citizenship. Travel as a Research Assistant to present study results at professional symposiums.

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