This diploma program will help you to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to provide physical, psychological, and social support to individuals across their lifespan. 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.

Take this course at one of the following campuses
  • winnipeg
  • calgary
  • edmonton
  • online

Program Highlights

  • 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 counselling 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

Community Support Worker Program 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 with Vulnerable Sector Search AND a Child Abuse Registry Check. CPR Level C with AED training and 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 requirements are met.

what you could be earning in less than one year$29,120 - $41,600wage data taken from:
program duration47 Weeks
  • Learn from experienced and qualified instructors who bring real-life experience and insight into the classroom
  • Benefit from an interactive learning experience within a small class setting
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience during your practicum in a community setting
  • Multiple intakes throughout the year
  • Receive assistance for setting up practicum placements and finding employment after graduation
  • Financial assistance is available to students who qualify

Career Opportunities

Examples of positions graduates can expect to qualify for:

  • 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

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