Social Service Worker

Learn to help vulnerable or at-risk individuals, families, and groups deal with various personal and social problems through engaging fieldwork and in-depth casework. As a Social Service Worker student, you'll learn to be an effective communicator and understanding counsellor in order to encourage positive change in the lives of clients.

You will be challenged to bring a special level of maturity and motivation to your work, along with a commitment to work for social justice, a fundamental belief in the dignity and potential of people, and a desire to promote justice, equality, and access to culturally-appropriate services regardless of race, gender, age, religion, etc.

Cambrian's program is recognized by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, which allows you to apply to become a Registered Social Service Worker in Ontario when you graduate


Two supervised field experiences with a community-based organization are integral parts of the program. You should budget for expenses incurred during out-of-town placements for those who qualify and for the first semester's week-long seminar (lunches, gas, parking, bus fare, etc.).

During the second semester, there will be a four-week placement in a community agency. The entire fourth semester will be a placement in a community agency. Prior to the second placement, you will receive non-violent crisis intervention training as part of fieldwork.

What's in it for you?

Career outcomes*

  • Social services worker for social agencies, charitable organizations, clinics, foster and group homes, half-way houses, and long-term care facilities

Average Salaries*

Across these career outcomes, salaries in Canada range from:

$20,800 to $56,400

Persons who wish to use the title Social Service Worker or Registered Social Service Worker must be registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Generally, graduates who have obtained a two-year college diploma in social service work from a College of Applied Arts and Technology qualify for registration.

Plan your future

Program starts

Fall 2020

Learning options

  • Full-Time

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