Social Service Worker - Gerontology
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  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4U or EAE4C
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
“The increased longevity and diversity of our population as a whole, and the movement of the baby boomer generation into its senior years, is creating significant demand for professionals with knowledge and expertise in aging” - Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities © 2007, Queen's Printer for Ontario

The Social Service Worker Gerontology Program at St. Clair College was established in recognition of the need to educate and train professionals to provide frontline services and supports to older adults and their families. The program falls within the scope of practice of the profession of Social Service Work, governed by the Social Work and Social Services Act (1998). The SSWG program promotes the values, ethics, practice and conduct standards for Social Service Work set out in the Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Worker's Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

This two year diploma prepares students with the foundational knowledge and core skills required to work in the diverse and challenging field of eldercare. Theories relevant to understanding the aging process and the needs of seniors are emphasized. Program content includes interpersonal communication, case management, interviewing, group work intervention, diversity, advocacy, social justice, and community practice. In addition, a number of specialized courses such as Activation and Restorative Care, Recreation, Leisure and Therapeutic Program Planning, Dementia Care, Death, Dying, Grief and Bereavement and Volunteer Management expand the knowledge and skill base of students beyond traditional social service worker roles. Students who successfully complete the Social Services Worker Gerontology diploma and the block field placement are eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
As our population ages, new and emerging job opportunities in the field of gerontology are on the horizon. Graduates may work in a range of settings that provide services to seniors such as retirement and long term care facilities, health and recreation programs, private home support services, adult day programs, dementia programs, elder abuse services, seniors' centres, and entrepreneurial initiatives.

FIELD PLACEMENT
Employers who provide our field placement settings require a CLEAR POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offenses with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense prior to the commencement of field placement in semester four. Information and details about applying for a police clearance will be provided to the student prior to placement.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Students must submit proof of a satisfactory medical examination and up-to-date immunization records prior to beginning clinical/field placement in semester four. Lack of documented health records and immunizations may result in the restriction of clinical/field placement and therefore may delay and/or prevent completion of the program.

Flu shots are strongly recommended. Students without flu shots may be temporarily prohibited from participating in placement in residential and long term care settings should flu outbreaks occur.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Program Physical Demands Analysis: B895

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2016-2017 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
ENG107
3
College English
SSW102
3
Introduction to Aging
SSW103
3
Introduction to Social Work
MIC101
1
Introduction to Word-Processing Software
MIC102
1
Introduction to Presentation Software
SSC160
3
Basic Psychology
SSC145
2
Issues in Diversity
SSW105
3
Interpersonal Communications


Semester 2
SSW207
3
Activation and Restorative Care
SSW402
3
Death, Dying, Grief and Bereavement
SSW204
3
Interviewing for Human Services
SSW208
3
Group Dynamics for Social Service
SSC174G
3
Interpersonal Violence in Canadian Society
SSW303
3
Dementia: Family and Caregiving Issues
SSW202
3
Gerontology Field Work Seminar I

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 3
ELEC1030
6

Choose TWO General Education Elective courses
SSW301
3
Case Management
SSW307
3
Volunteer Program Management

SSW403
3
Community Practice
SSW304
3

Recreation, Leisure and Therapeutic Program Planning
SSW308
3
Gerontology Field Work Seminar II

Semester 4
SSW406
3
Gerontology Field Work Seminiar III
SSW410
34
Gerontology Field Work