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Type: Ontario College Diploma 

Length: 2 Years

Partner: Canadore College 

Delivery: Intensive - students attend week-long sessions approximately once a month 

Next Intakes: September 2020

Locations: Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory 

Tuition: $6,669.48* for 2-YEAR DIPLOMA 

*subject to change


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 421-hour 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.

Field Placement FAQs


  • 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 


Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). 


Year One (September 2020 – April 2021) 

  • College Communication I
  • Introduction to Substance Use 
  • Interviewing and Helping Skills I 
  • Lifespan Development
  • Foundations of Sociology
  • General Education Elective
  • Introduction to Social Service Work Practice I
  • Workplace Communications
  • Introduction to Social Service Work Practice II
  • Canada's First Peoples
  • Interviewing and Helping Skills II
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Group Work
  • SSW Methods: Community Organization
  • Family Dynamics 

Year Two (September 2021 – April 2022) 

  • Introduction to Gerontology
  • Trauma Informed Practice and Crisis Intervention
  • General Education Elective
  • SSW Methods of Intervention
  • SSW Methods: Intimate Personal Violence
  • Accountable Professional
  • Fieldwork Preparation
  • Fieldwork Integration
  • Fieldwork Placement


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


apply here

Click here for a list of transfer credits from the Social Service Worker program to Ontario universities.

For more information, contact our Recruitment Office at 1.800.267.0637, ext. 156 or email us at recruitment@fnti.net