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Social Service Worker


Type: Ontario College Diploma 

Length: 3 Semesters or less

Partner: Canadore College 

Delivery: Virtual Delivery

Next Intakes: Fall 2024

Locations: Virtual Delivery

Tuition: $3,488.24 - $4,848.36 

*subject to change

Admission RequirementsOverviewAboutPlacementStudiesCareer OpportunitesCurriculumAccreditation



  • Mental Health & Addiction Worker graduate from FNTI


  • University Degree or an Ontario College Diploma or advanced diploma in one of the following:
    • Mental Health and Addictions,
    • Child and Youth Worker,
    • Developmental Services Worker,
    • Nursing, Gerontology,
    • Early Childhood Education,
    • Recreation,
    • Community Justice Services,
    • Others to be determined by the Program Coordinator.
  • A minimum of 40 hours of direct experience with clients in a social service agency.


Get your Social Service Worker diploma in just two semesters with the FastTrack Program! 

As a Mental Health and Addiction Worker graduate, you are eligible for admission into the Social Service Worker FastTrack Program! Students will take a semester of academic study and complete one semester of field placement. 


If you see value in all people, have a passion for excellence and hope to improve the quality of life for the benefit of individuals, society, the environment and the global community, a career in social work may be right for you! 

The Social Service Worker program is customized with unique, leading-edge Indigenous learning experiences and environments to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to enter into this rewarding field. Themes include social justice, empowerment of marginalized citizens and ethics. 

Learners will explore Indigenous community realities within the context of the human services field. Indigenous ways of knowing and understanding the world are examined and presented with knowledge and skills relative to Indigenous culture, values and practices. Students learn from an Indigenous perspective through intensive field placement and a culture camp experience that focus on personal growth, organization/community development, communications, program planning skills, interviewing/counselling, family and group work. 


Your program includes field placement and volunteer opportunities that will give you hands-on experience!  

Over the course of your program, you will complete a field placement that focuses on practicing on working within an interdisciplinary team to provide client service and support. These real-world experiences are mandatory and are designed to allow you to integrate classroom teachings with professional practice.  

Through your placements, you will gain valuable experience that will help you understand the diverse roles, settings, and responsibilities of a Social Service Worker.


  • Trauma informed practice and crisis intervention 
  • Human development 
  • Group dynamics 
  • Substance abuse training 
  • Ethics 
  • Methods for dealing with personal violence 


  • Residential facilities 
  • Programs and services for youth and seniors 
  • Mental health and developmental services 
  • Long-term care facilities 
  • Transition houses and shelters 


Click HERE for the full list of courses

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Graduates can apply to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers 


For more information, contact our Recruitment Office at 1.800.267.0637, ext. 141 or email us at recruitment@fnti.net