Program Spotlight: Social Service Worker
December 17, 2021
Be a force of change; advocate for those who can’t always advocate for themselves; help right the inequities in the world.
Assiniboine’s two-year Social Service Worker diploma program helps you learn how to help relieve suffering, fight for social justice and improve the lives of others and communities—because everyone matters. Social service workers help clients not only with the feelings their experiencing in situations, but what they can do about it, fostering self-efficacy and empowerment.
In the Social Service Worker program, which has an Indigenous focus, you’ll work with individuals, groups and communities to develop strategies and programs to proactively address social challenges, including poverty, addiction, abuse and mental health issues. Make a meaningful difference in the lives of others while you promote social well-being and long-lasting change.
Gain practical skills and knowledge in counselling and interviewing, professional communication and proposal writing while also learning more about Indigenous cultures through hands-on activities and field trips. Through two work placements, you will explore roles in community health, education and institutional environments.
Social work is a highly varied career; not only do your day-to-day responsibilities change frequently, there are also a wide range of areas in which you might specialize. Some social workers opt to work in a school or hospital setting, while others go into human services or even law enforcement. Work on the front lines of social services for provincial, municipal and private agencies. Gain experience in community health centres, justice services, long-term care facilities, social service departments, schools, youth centres, outreach services, addiction centres and mental health services.
This program is ideal for students who have effective interpersonal skills, who possess deep insight into people and what makes them tick and who have a well of empathy and emotional strength. If you need to be engaged and feel alive in what you do, if you want to be immersed in every moment of your working day, if you are compassionate, resilient and resourceful, consider a career in social work!