The purpose of the program is to prepare students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge to fulfill the role of a Community Service Worker. Community Services Workers provide many types of assistance to people in the community, from determining eligibility for welfare and health programs and counseling on child care to helping clients with physical and mental problems and those involved in drug and substance abuse. They help determine and locate appropriate social service agencies such as those providing health care and physical and mental rehabilitation.
Working under the direction and supervision of nurses, counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals, and depending upon the type of work assignment, they may be a member of a treatment team made up of other Community Services Workers and health professionals, or they may work on their own with little supervision. Students receive:
- 2-month internship!
- Official CPI: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention® (NVCI) Training
- CPR/First Aid Training
- Field trips to multiple community agencies
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Your career opportunities include a Support Worker, a Relief or Distress Centre Counsellor, a Group Home Worker, Addictions Worker, a Client Service Worker, an Outreach Worker and many other choices in various social, psychological and support organizations. Note: Some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.
EMPLOYERS THAT HIRE
- The Toronto District School Board
- Community Living Ontario
- CMHA – Canadian Mental Health Association
- Social Services
- Goodwill Toronto
- The Salvation Army
- HIV/AIDS Connection
- McMaster Children’s Hospital
- And many more.
High School Graduation Diploma or Mature Student Status (18 years of age and high school equivalency assessment passed). Also, an entrance assessment must be successfully passed; demonstrated fluency in English (oral) and written English (essay) and an Admission Interview to determine suitability for a career as a Community Services Worker.
ENTRY TO PRACTICE
To secure employment in this field, you may be required to provide a Clear Criminal Police Check including Vulnerable Persons.