Upon graduation, you will be able to provide safe and competent support for those in need. You will be able to pursue meaningful work in a public or private setting. This career choice will allow you to make a difference in the lives of others.
- Learn about adolescent growth and the issues that are relevant at each stage of development including puberty, sexual development and awareness, and physical, cognitive and social development
- Explore the social, cultural and environmental issues that affect the development of a child
- Understand the nature of addiction and become familiar with the major substances of abuse and their impact on the body
- Understand the mental and social aspects of aging, including their effect on information processing, relationships, personality and more
- Understand the impact of chronic illness and developmental disabilities on aging and social work for persons with disabilities
- Learn counseling and support techniques for working with children, youth, and adults
- Acquire the knowledge and skills to implement Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) care plans for adults and children
- Develop the essential knowledge, skills, and attributes needed to provide excellent palliative care to those who are dying as well as providing support for their families
- Explore the causes, occurrences, and theories of the more common forms of mental illness
- Develop the knowledge and skills to perform psychosocial rehabilitation and care planning for individuals and families dealing with mental illness
- Child/Youth Care Worker
- Youth Outreach Worker
- Teen Pregnancy Worker
- Parenting Support Worker
- Addictions Worker
- Family Place Worker
- Newcomers Service Worker
- Women’s Shelter Worker
- Adult Care Worker
- Case Manager
- Youth Support Worker
- Support Worker
- Community Access Worker
Topics of Study
Supported Educational Assistant - 40 hours
Explores the dimensions and instructional strategies of quality inclusion support.
Essential Life Skills - 20 hours
Provides students the skills to assist clients to be as independent as possible by supporting them with the instrumental activities of daily living.
Introduction to Human Services - 40 hours
Introduces students to social programs and services, and effective social work practices within well-defined populations.
Communication Skills for Counselling - 40 hours
Develops students’ knowledge, skills and attitudes for effective communication for counselling from both a personal and interpersonal perspective.
Counselling Theories - 40 hours
Provides a general overview of the counselling theories/therapies upon which psychology is based, as well as how they are utilized in various counselling situations. These counselling theories will are explored from historical, modern and multicultural perspectives.
Understanding Addictions - 60 hours
Familiarizes students with substance abuse and counselling. The course will focuses on treatment setting and planning, as well as the continuum of care provided.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Care Planning - 40 hours
Reviews development through the lifespan from prenatal to elderhood. Students examine physical, intellectual, social, and emotional growth in each stage, emphasizing that development results from the interdependence of these areas at every stage.
Applied Behavioural Analysis - 20 hours
Provides students with the skills and knowledge to understand and apply behavioural analysis interventions to globally challenged individuals to have inclusion into mainstream classroom or society.
Mental Health - 60 hours
Explores the different kinds of mental health issues and how to support individuals living with mental health issues.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - 20 hours
Examines the characteristics of several developmental, intellectual and learning disabilities.
Group Counselling Foundations - 20 hours
Introduces students to some of the strategies and skills used to lead or participate in groups effectively in counselling situations.
Gerontology and End of Life Care - 40 hours
Introduces students to developmental theories in aging to help them understand the psychosocial applications to growing old in our society. Students are also introduced to the strategies necessary to provide emotional and physical support to the dying person and their family.
Self Care - 40 hours
Explores self-care strategies used to reduce stress and promote personal and professional wellness.
Family Systems Theory - 40 hours
Familiarizes students with the systems theory of counselling (family therapy). The course will focuses on theory of family counselling, as opposed to individual counselling, and some of the major models involved.
Child and Adolescent Growth and Development - 80 hours
Presents a comprehensive overview of the developmental changes of children and adolescents. This course also provides an in-depth study of social, cultural and environmental issues that affect the development of the children and adolescents.
MS Office Applications - 80 hours
Prepares students to perform functions common to all Microsoft Windows applications. Elements include the ability to create and manipulate Word, Excel, or PowerPoint applications, modify the display of toolbars and other on-screen elements, use online help, and perform file management, editing, formatting and printing functions common to most Windows applications.
Career Preparation - 40 hours
Introduces students to strategies for successful job searching, interviewing and career management.
Interpersonal Communication, Recording and Reporting - 40 hours
Improves students interpersonal communication skills by teaching how to manage challenging relationships, and objectively record observations and interactions with clients.
Youth at Risk - 40 hours
Provides the skills and knowledge needed to assist children and youth dealing with special concerns. The focus is on acquiring a basic understanding of at-risk issues and potential treatment strategies, including intervention with children with specific social challenges.
Ethical Practice and Legislation - 20 hours
Emphasizes the personal application of a problem-solving approach to ethical dilemmas and encourages active learning as the student increases their understanding about ethics in their work setting.
Indigenous Studies - 20 hours
Insight into Indigenous beliefs, traditional ways of life and the history of colonization in Canada.
Understanding Cultural and Social Differences - 40 hours
Introduces students to the world views of diverse groups of people in Canada and the multicultural counselling competencies, including alternative holistic approaches, needed for working with these diverse groups.
Community Support Worker Work Experience Practicum
You will participate in a 4-week work practicum term at the end of your program to gain real work experience before transitioning into your career.
**Prior to your practicum, you must provide the following documentation to Robertson College: a Criminal Records Check, a Child Abuse Registry Check, a Vulnerable Sector Search and CPR Level C with AED training. Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) training is recommended but not required.
Processing of some documentation from the appropriate agency may take up to 12 weeks. You will not be allowed to begin your practicum unless all four requirements are met.
Susan Mercer-Thornhill is a Senior Instructor with the CSW Diploma Program at Calgary Ground Campus and the Online campus. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work and over 35 years of social work experience. Susan’s social work experience spans education and career planning, employment, health, transitional housing, child welfare, criminal justice, community-based programs to children, youth and families, immigrants and newcomers to Canada, Aboriginal Peoples, and individuals with a disability.
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