Langara College’s Social Service Worker Program prepares students for immediate entry into all social service sectors, as well as for further education in Social Work and other helping professions.
Students who successfully complete the nine-month program earn a Social Service Worker Certificate. They also have the option of adding 30 Arts and Sciences credits to the Certificate to earn a Coordinated Diploma.
The Certificate Program consists of two semesters of full-time studies. There are two practicum placements, including a five-week full-time block placement at the end of the second semester.
The College now requires all students to complete a Criminal Record Check. Please see the admission requirements tab for further information.
Students move through the program together as a cohort. All core Social Service Worker courses are taught by program faculty. This provides a supportive, experiential learning environment and a personal, professional network both during the program and after its completion.
In addition to a Social Service Worker Certificate, students can also complete a Coordinated Social Service Worker Diploma. Although Enrollment in the Certificate only occurs each fall term, students can be completing the 10 additional courses (30 credits) towards their Diploma before and/or after completing their Certificate. Students may begin courses in any of Langara's three semesters as a general arts student in order to complete the courses towards their Diploma. Please see the program curriculum tab for more details.
Interested in learning about Canadian Social Welfare?
The Social Service Worker Department also offers two university transferable courses to students interested in possibly working in human services.
These are required courses for a student wishing to apply to a Bachelor of Social Work degree program at a university in B.C.
They are open to all students.
The courses are:
SSRV 2000, Introduction to Social Welfare in Canada:
This course will introduce students to the role that social work and allied professions play in the ameliorating of the social welfare conditions that affect people andcommunities. Through course assignments, students will be able to relate the contexts of their own experience to the social contexts of disadvantaged people.
SSRV 2001, Introduction to Social Work Practice:
While learning about the practice of social work students in this course will have the opportunity to explore a variety of areas of practice within the Canadian context. They will explore the role of a social worker and develop an appreciation of how a helping professional can affect people’s lives. They will also be introduced to the ethical underpinnings of the profession.