The Community Social Services program is designed for students who want to help individuals, families and communities to overcome the issues and concerns in their lives. The students who have chosen this program indicate a desire for careers (and graduate level study) in the areas of social work, family therapy, community development, counselling, family law, mediation and agency administration. Our program offers an ideal combination of theory and experiential learning to provide students the necessary background to enter the workforce in the social services sector or for admission to graduate and professional programs of study.
All graduates will be prepared to apply for membership as a Registered Social Service Worker in the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers.
Students are required to complete 18.50 core community social service credits, and 1.50 general elective credits in order to be eligible for graduation. Students must complete these requirements in order to be eligible to graduate with both the university honours degree (awarded by the University of Guelph) and the college diploma (awarded by Humber). No option exists to graduate with only one of the above listed credentials as the program is fully integrated.
Conditions for Graduation
In addition to meeting all program specific course and credit requirements, students must have a minimum 60% cumulative average in order to be eligible for graduation. Students will not normally be eligible to graduate while on Probationary status or Required to Withdraw status. A student denied graduation while on Probationary status or Required to Withdraw status may submit a request for Academic Consideration to the Academic Review Sub-Committee.
Foundation Practicum - 112.5 hours
Seminar and supervised field placement where students will have the opportunity to take part in the day-to-day operations of a social services agency. Students will work under the direct supervision of a professional staff person, have the opportunity to observe social services procedures and practices, and take part in serving clients with direction from agency staff.
Intermediate Practicum I & Intermediate Practicum II - 375 hours (187.5 hours per course)
Seminar and supervised field placement in a community of social service agency providing students with an in-depth experience of front-line work in a human services agency under direct supervision. Students will develop work habits such as serving clients effectively, and how to navigate moral, ethical, clinical, and political issues as they emerge in placements.
Advanced Practicum I & Advanced Practicum II - 375 hours (187.5 hours per course)
Seminar and supervised field placement in a community or social service agency providing students with an in-depth experience of front line work in a human services agency under direct supervision. Agency field supervisors and course instructors may raise professional, ethical, attitudinal, and practical issues which are important for students to address. The advanced practicum includes the writing of a research paper on a critical aspect of the students' practicum.
Total Practicum Hours – 862.5 hours
Community Social Services - Schedule of Studies
Note: All courses are weighted 0.50 credits unless noted otherwise.
|AHSS*1190||The Political Process & Social Work||0.50|
|FCSS*1000||Social Work in Canada||0.50|
|FCSS*1210||CSS Writing & Communication Skills||0.50|
|AHSS*1110||Introductory Psychology: Dynamics||0.50|
|or AHSS*1130||Principles of Sociology|
|AHSS*2120||Couple and Family Dynamics||0.50|
|FCSS*1010||Social Issues and Social Environments||0.50|
|FCSS*1020||Interpersonal Communication Skills||0.50|
|FCSS*1030||Issues in Advocacy and Social Justice||0.50|
|FCSS*2030||Child and Adolescent Development||0.50|
|FCSS*2010||Working with High Risk Populations||0.50|
|FCSS*2020||Introduction to Field Practicum||0.50|
|FCSS*2080||Mental Health and Addictions||0.50|
|SCMA*2040||Research Methods for Social Science||0.50|
|AHSS*2080||Ethical and Professional Issues in Human Services||0.50|
|AHSS*2090||Supporting Families: Research and Applications||0.50|
|FCSS*2040||Foundation Practicum I||0.50|
|FCSS*2060||Group Work: Theory and Practice||0.50|
|AHSS*3020||Working with Communities||0.50|
|FCSS*3100||Social Work Practice with Older Adults||0.50|
|FCSS*3120||Intermediate Practicum I||1.00|
|SCMA*3040||Quantitative Methods for Social Science||0.50|
|FCSS*3020||Diversity in Social Work Practice Practice||0.50|
|FCSS*3040||Counselling: Advanced Practice||0.50|
|FCSS*3060||Crisis Intervention: Theory and Practice||0.50|
|FCSS*3130||Intermediate Practicum II||1.00|
|FCSS*4000||Family Theory and Therapy||0.50|
|FCSS*4010||Agency Administration and Community Relations||0.50|
|FCSS*4120||Advanced Practicum I||1.00|
|FCSS*4030||Social Work and the Law||0.50|
|FCSS*4040||Empowerment Oriented Case Management||0.50|
|FCSS*4060||Family Mediation and Conflict Resolution||0.50|
|FCSS*4130||Advanced Practicum II||1.00|