Community Social Work

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Community Social Work (CSW) is a two year diploma program which combines social work theory and practice to prepare learners for working in the human services field as entry-level social workers. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and values required to provide support to individuals, families, groups and communities.

An essential part of the program is the learning gained from 420 hours of supervised field practicum experience and 30 hours of Integrated Seminar time in each year of the program. The field practicum offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in the classroom, practice skills, assess their performance and gain work experience in a community setting. 



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Credential
Diploma

Admission Requirements 

Year 1: Grade 12 or equivalent with: 

  • Minimum 60% in English 30-1 or 30; or
  • Minimum 70% in English 33 or 30-2

As well as meeting the academic requirements listed above, applicants also need to provide the following:

  • Three academic/professional letters of reference (within the last 5 years), personal references will not be accepted
  • Criminal Record Check from the RCMP
  • Intervention Check from Child and Family Services (CFSA)
  • Signed Student Agreement form declaring at least two years freedom from alcohol and substance abuse. 

Year 2: Completion of Year 1.

Technical Requirements
Please refer to the following link for minimum technical requirements at our Moodlesite.

Practicum Dates (Year 1 and 2):
1. November 23, 2015 - December 18, 2015
2. April 4, 2016 - May 27, 2016

Students complete practicums at various organizations including middle and high schools, youth centres, local women's shelters, disability centres, probation and correctional centres, and addiction treatment centres. Please call 1-866-623-5551 for more information about field practicums.

Career Potential 
Graduates work with individuals, families, groups, and communities in a variety of agencies including, aging and gerontology, court and probation services, emergency shelters, addictions, seniors services, aboriginal agencies, provincial and federal departments, residential treatment centres, international social work, schools, disabilities and youth.

Transferability 
Current provincial legislation makes it mandatory for people who have a social work education, who work within the scope of social work practice and who work with the public to be registered Social workers. Graduates are eligible for provisional RSW registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers.

Portage College has a transfer agreement with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work. CSW graduates will transfer directly into the third year of the Bachelor of Social Work at the U of C, as long as all requirements are met. As well, CSW graduates will receive 60 credits toward the Bachelor of Professional Arts - Human Services Degree Program at Athabasca University. Students are encouraged to speak to their CSW Student Advisor about specific transferability questions. 

The CSW program is offered at the Cold Lake and Lac La Biche campuses.

Year 1 - Course List

  • ANTH250 - NORTH AMERICAN ABORIGINALS
  • ELEC100 - ELECTIVE
  • ENGL102 - INTRODUCTORY COMPOSITION
  • PSYC102 - DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • PSYC104 - INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY
  • SOCI101 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
  • SOCW110 - PRACTICUM
  • SOCW131 - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK
  • SOCW132 - SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
  • SOCW133 - SOCIAL WORK INTERVIEWING

Year 2 - Course List

  • ELEC200 - ELECTIVE
  • PSYC285 - ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • SOCW210 - PRACTICUM
  • SOCW215 - GROUP WORK
  • SOCW217 - SOCIAL POLICY
  • SOCW218 - RURAL AND NORTHERN PRACTICE
  • SOCW219 - COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  • SOCW231 - FAMILY DYNAMICS
  • SOCW232 - SELECTED ISSUES IN SOCIAL WORK
  • SOCW235 - ADDICTIONS
  • SOCW238 - SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH METHODS & ETHICS