Social Service Worker – Gerontology

Please be aware that although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College at Ace Acumen, some of our placement sites may require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. Unfortunately, we cannot predict if a placement site will begin to require full vaccination and as such, we are encouraging all students to consider vaccination. If the requirement of your placement sites change at any point, you will be notified immediately by the College.

It is important to note that if placements sites do require students to be fully vaccinated to attend their place of business, students who are not fully vaccinated cannot be provided with a placement for their program and therefore will not be able to complete their programs.

To obtain a COVID vaccination, students must arrange an appointment through Public Health, a participating pharmacy, or their health care provider.

Program Introduction

Program Code: M995
Campus: Ace Acumen Campuses – Brampton

Program Overview

This program prepares students with the foundational knowledge and core skills required to work in the diverse and challenging field of eldercare. Theories relevant to the Social Service Worker profession, its ethics, values and practice standards, the aging process and the needs of seniors are emphasized. Program content includes essential Social Service Worker training in 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, Adult Development, Death, Dying, Grief and Bereavement and Volunteer Management expand the knowledge and skill base of students beyond traditional social service worker roles.

Program Highlights

  • Students who successfully complete the Social Service Worker – Gerontology diploma and the block field placement are eligible for registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and may then use the title of Registered Social Service Worker (RSSW).
  • Field placement experience, a 510-hour block field placement arranged with agencies providing services to older adults.
  • Faculty teaching in the program come with extensive experience in the social work and community sectors.
  • Future pathways to success – on completion, students may gain advanced standing towards a Bachelor of Social Work, a Bachelor in Gerontology, a Bachelor in Disabilities Studies, or an Honours Therapeutic Recreation Degree at specific universities.

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.

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

Field/Clinical Placements

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.

International Students

The language proficiency requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5, or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Level 54, or TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 550, or internet-based test (iBT) score of 78, or computer-based test (CBT) score of 213, Duolingo score of 100.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1

CodeTitleCredits
ENG107  COLLEGE WRITING3
SSW102  INTRODUCTION TO AGING3
SSW103  INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK3
SSC160  BASIC PSYCHOLOGY3
SSC145  ISSUES IN DIVERSITY2
SSW105  INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS3

Semester 2

CodeTitleCredits
SSW207  ACTIVATION & RESTORATIVE CARE3
SSW402  DEATH DYING GRIEF & BEREAVEMENT3
SSW204  INTERVIEWING FOR HUMAN SERVICES3
SSW208  GROUP DYNAMICS – SOCIAL SERVICE3
SSC174G  INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE IN CANADIAN SOCIETY3
SSW303  DEMENTIA: FAMILY & CARE GIVING3
SSW202  GERONTOLOGY FIELD WORK SEMINAR I3

Semester 3

CodeTitleCredits
ELEC1030  CHOOSE 1 ELECTIVE COURSE3
ELEC1030  CHOOSE 1 ELECTIVE COURSE3
SSW301  CASE MANAGEMENT3
SSW307  VOLUNTEER PROGRAM MANAGMENT3
SSW403  COMMUNITY PRACTICE3
SSW304  RECREATION LEISURE & THERAPEUTIC PROGRAM PLANNING3
SSW308  GERONTOLOGY FIELD WORK SEMINAR II3

Semester 4

CodeTitleCredits
SSW406  GERONTOLOGY FIELD WORK SEMINAR III3
SSW410  GERONTOLOGY FIELD WORK34