Human Service Worker
Life can be challenging. Sometimes people need someone to reach out to when they are struggling. If you are caring, compassionate, and have a real desire to make a positive difference in the lives of children, adults and families, consider becoming a Human Service Worker.
As a Human Service Worker student you will be introduced to helping strategies so you can provide assistance to individuals or groups with a variety of needs. This 10-month program is available fully online or in a combination of classroom and online learning. A second year diploma is available if you wish to continue your education to prepare for specialized work in the human service worker field.
A major component of human service education is learning-by-doing. Our program provides extensive hands-on experiences in a variety of community agencies. This allows you to practice the theory you are learning, better preparing you for employment.
Choose from our Citation, Certificate or Degree Program
Why Consider a Human Service Work Career?
- Have the ability to have a positive impact on the lives of individuals or families who are struggling.
- There is an expected need for human service workers in both urban and rural areas of the province.
- There is an opportunity to work in a wide variety of settings and to further your education to advance your career.
The Human Service Worker certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the required first year courses, with a total of 44 credits.
The diploma is awarded to students who successfully complete the required first and second year courses, with a total of 60 credits.
Human Service Worker Citation
The Human Service Work Citation (a collection of 5 courses) is meant for students without prior certification in the field of Human Service or related fields. Courses are offered online and part time only.
The HSW Citation is best described as professional development for people employed in the field of human service who have not received related formal post secondary education.
HSW Citation Program Requirements
|HSWR 211||Conflict Resolution||3|
|HSWR 212||Crisis Intervention||3|
|HSWR 213||Child and Youth Mental Health||3|
|HSWR 215||Issues in Adolescence||3|
|HSWR 214||Introduction to Addiction||3|
HSWR-211 – Conflict Resolution
This course provides students with an introduction to the theory, process, and skills of conflict resolution in child, youth, and family related conflicts. The course will introduce students to the core elements of conflict, restorative justice, mediation, and negotiation, and will provide the opportunity for students to develop skills for negotiating personal and professional disputes.
HSWR-212 – Crisis Intervention
This course provides the student with an introduction to the theory and practical day to day procedures of crisis intervention. Students may be exposed to crisis topics common to a variety of helping profession disciplines, including counseling, education, and social work.
HSWR-213 – Introduction to Mental Health Issues for Children and Youth
This course uses a strengths-based approach to working with children and youth with mental health concerns. This course introduces students to the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses, the direction for interventions, and the professionals presently working in the mental health field.
HSWR-214 – Introduction to Addictions
This course provides the learner with an overview of current practice, theories and models in the field of substance use. Topics include: models of addiction, assessment, intervention and treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse; the impact of substance use on the individual, family and society in general; and ethical issues and challenges for practitioners.
HSWR-215 – Issues in Adolescence
This course introduces students to the contemporary study of adolescence from a lifespan perspective. It explores the challenges and the strengths of adolescence along with the ways this knowledge can be applied to support healthy development among the diversity of young people in this period of life.
- Grade 12 graduation with a minimum of C+ in English 12, ENGL 090 or 091, or First Nations English 12 or assessment to acceptable level to determine eligibility.
- Current or previous employment in the human/social service field is recommended.
- Coordinator permission is accepted in special circumstances.
Tuition and Fees:
|Student Association Fee:||$57.50|
*These prices are for domestic students and may not be 100% accurate. However, these estimates will give you an adequate idea of tuition and fees for our programs. These prices do not include textbook costs. All prices are subject to change. Tuition fees include an alumni fee, student activity fees, and a student technology fee. In certain cases a materials and supply fee may also be included. For more information, visit: Tuition and Fees.