Working with AddictionsUsing a Canadian focus, students will learn how different substances of abuse work in the body and the brain. The course outlines multiple theories of addiction as well as treatment methods available in the Canadian healthcare system. Students will gain an analytical view of the addictions field in order to properly assess and plan for treatment.
Business CommunicationThis course is designed to enhance the components of written and verbal communication in the Community Service field. The course discusses topics related specifically to the job duties and requirements of a Community Service Worker working in agencies mandating documentation, case management, and workshop or seminar presentations.
Computer FundamentalsThis course is designed to provide students with a basic overview of computer usage, along with an introduction to Microsoft Office applications. The course will involve a comprehensive skills assessment process that will be used to determine the need for future training.
Community Services in CanadaIn this course students will be introduced to Community Services from a Canadian perspective. Students will cover topics that include: Theoretical and conceptual cases of Canadian Community Services Practice; Socio-Political factors influencing Canadian Community Services Practice, practice methods, service delivery and practice issues.
CounsellingIn this course, students will look at interviewing strategies in counselling from a Canadian perspective. Students will be introduced to basic concepts of the Person-Centred model of counselling to help understand the theory and reasoning behind the use of interviewing counselling skills. Students will see realistic examples that illustrate concepts in action. The student will also participate in challenging exercises that promote skill development, conceptual understand and self-awareness. Students will learn about the Canadian Counselling Association and the Canadian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics as well as counselling within a culturally diverse setting.
Career Planning & Preparation - Level 1This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume, cover letter, thank you note and references. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation – Level 2.
CPR and First AidUpon successful completion of this course, students will achieve the St. John's Ambulance Standard Level First Aid and Level C CPR.
CriminologyThis course will focus on crime and criminal behaviour from a Canadian perspective. Topics include theoretical perspectives of criminal behaviour, the evolution of crime and criminal behaviour over time, and societal implications of criminality. Discussions will include current, Canadian examples of crime, as well as diverse sociological perspectives on criminal behaviour around the world.
Community Services Worker Internship (200 hrs)At the completion of the in-class portion of this program, students are required to attend an 8 week Internship (minimum 200 hours) in a community or social service agency or organization.
The Canadian Family DynamicThis course studies the Canadian family using a sociological, psychological and demographic approach. The course examines contemporary theoretical views central to understanding intimate groups, family groups and systems. The course provides the content and the knowledge necessary to understanding the modern Canadian family, including history and cultural diversity, same sex unions, Aboriginal families, economic changes, homelessness and other social trends. The course also addresses social policy regarding the family system.
Group Work & Human RelationsThis course will highlight interaction processes and interdependence within various kinds of groups. With a focus on relationship building, trust, constructive controversies and problem solving, Group Work and Human Relations teaches the proper procedures in creating and maintaining positive, high functioning, cooperative learning groups in Human Services.
Introduction to Mental HealthStudents will focus on the mental health system in Canada, including history and its current delivery. This course explores ethical and legal considerations in the mental health system & how to assess and intervene using the Recovery Model. The importance of community treatment, self determination and recovery based, consumer-led programming are the main focus of the course.
Research and Populations at RiskIn this course, students will research and understand the profile of the local community. Students will look at local history, geography, transportation, population characteristics, and employment, housing, education, health and welfare resources. They will learn about the High Risk Populations in Canadian society and look at programs for these specific target groups in a counseling context.
PsychologyIntroducing the field of psychology, this course will define and explore concepts related to biology, perception, cognition, memory and learning. Students will explore how a person’s biology, personality and environment interplay to create unique individual beings in our world.
SociologyIntroduction to Sociology will complement information discussed in other Community Services Worker courses. Students will learn how the structural aspects of society will affect groups, populations and individuals. Topics discussed will include culture, diversity, religion, deviance, and popular trends in secular society.