Langara's Social Services department was first established in the early 1970s and was originally called the Welfare Aide Program. It was introduced to train students to become social work assistants. The curriculum was modeled on the Bachelor of Social Work degree. It was one of the first programs in the Province to offer this training.

The field of social services is diverse, dynamic and ever changing. Over the years the courses and programs offered by the Social Services department have evolved and changed, but the department has consistently maintained its commitment to offering high quality applied training opportunities to students who wish to work in frontline positions in the social service field. Currently the department offers three programs: Social Service Worker Certificate, Social Services Worker Diploma (Coordinated) and a Gerontology Diploma. The department also offers two university-transferable social services courses (SSRV 2000 - Introduction to Social Welfare in Canada and SSRV 2001 – Introduction to Social Work Practice) which are open to non-program students.

Department faculty are all registered social workers with considerable experience in the social welfare field. In addition to their teaching, they are actively engaged in the local community and the social service sector. This allows them to stay current regarding changes and developments in the social welfare field. Faculty have close working relationships with dozens of social services agencies and programs. Students in the department’s programs can choose from a diverse selection of agencies and organizations for their practicum placements.

The department and its faculty are committed to providing an outstanding educational experience which will prepare students for a rewarding career in the social services field. This is reflected in the success of our certificate and diploma graduates who have directly gone on to successful careers, or who have chosen to pursue further education in the social services field.