Social Service Worker – Gerontology

Dear Students:

This is to make you aware that some of our clinical placement sites are requiring students to have their first COVID vaccine, as a minimum, to be eligible to attend IN PERSON clinical placement. Please note that COVID vaccinations will become a part of the clinical placement clearance requirements for fall 2021. A COVID vaccination is not a requirement to attend St. Clair College, however a vaccination will be required prior to attending clinical placement IN PERSON if the clinical placement site requires it. This additional requirement will be added to the list of current vaccinations required on the medical form for clearance.

Students without their vaccinations cannot be guaranteed a clinical placement for their program and therefore will not be able to complete their programs. To obtain the 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 – Mississauga 

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.

  • Medical Requirements Form

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

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