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Diploma of Social Service Worker - Gerontology (SSWG)
Diploma of Social Service Worker - Gerontology (SSWG)

Diploma of Social Service Worker - Gerontology (SSWG)

  • ID:SC010100
  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant

  • English: Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent course

English Requirements

  • CAEL CE and CAEL online, Minimum 60

  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First/FCE, C1 Advanced/CAE or C2 Proficiency/CPE), Minimum 169 with no skill below 162

  • Duolingo, Minimum score 105 to 110

  • IELTS Academic, Minimum 6.0 with no skill below 5.5

  • PTE Academic, Minimum score 58

  • TOEFL iBT (including MyBest TOEFL and Home Edition), Minimum 80 with no skill below 20

  • TOEFL Revised Paper Delivered, No skill below 20

Course Information

Canada now has more people over age 65 than any other age group and there is a great need for skilled and trained professionals to work with older adults. This two-year diploma program combines the knowledge, professional values and skill sets of social service to assist older adults to maintain independence and a good quality of life. The program focuses on a holistic strength-based approach, current legislation and best practices.

Along with your studies in mandated government initiatives and service delivery models for working with seniors, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge infield placement and participate in additional educational training. As a student you will engage in personal reflection and growth, work within a team, apply professional ethics, and successfully achieve the Ministry Vocational Learning outcomes so you are prepared to confidently enter the workforce.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Therapeutic program planning

  • Individual and group modes of facilitation

  • Interventions with clients, families and significant others

  • Service coordination and navigation

  • Interpersonal communications skills related to working with bereavement and grief

  • Assessment of client’s needs and strengths

  • Advocacy

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Semester 1

  • COM101 or COM111, Communicating Across Contexts or Communicating Across Contexts (Enriched)

  • GWL137, Introduction to Aging

  • GWL147, Gerontology Field Work Seminar

  • SLL307*, Sociology: A Practical Approach

  • SSW101, Interpersonal Communications

  • SSW102, Anti Oppressive Practice

Semester 2

  • GWL208, Gerontological Group and Activation Techniques

  • GWL212, Interviewing and Assessing Older Adults

  • GWL219, The Retirement Home Industry - Overview and Skills

  • GWL247, Integrative Field Work Seminar

  • GWL257, Gerontology Field Work

  • GWL261, Therapeutic Program Planning

Semester 3

  • GWL318, Therapeutic Interventions for Dementia

  • GWL347, Integrative Field Work Seminar

  • GWL357, Gerontology Field Work

  • GWL377, Volunteer Program Management

  • SSW311, Service Coordination and Advocacy

  • plus: General Education Course

Semester 4

  • GWL407, Death, Dying, Grief and Bereavement

  • GWL447, Integrative Field Work Seminar

  • GWL457, Gerontology Field Work

  • SSW402, Community Practice

  • plus: General Education Course

  • plus: General Education Course

  • Summer Bridge Courses

  • As a graduate of this program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you are eligible to pursue Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health program. This unique pathway allows you to earn a degree within two years (4 semesters plus a work-term) after completion of a summer bridging stream.

  • MHB399: Advanced Studies in Community Mental Health

  • MHB499: Health and Community Psychology

  • MHB599: Introduction to Mental Health and Addiction

  • MHB699: Crisis Counselling and Therapeutic Approaches

  • MHB799: Trauma Methods and practices in Community Mental Health

  • * This course, COM470, SCL100 or SOC360 will not fulfil a General Education requirement for the SSWG program, but may be used as a General Education option outside the SSWG program.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of employers waiting for you:

  • Government agencies
  • Not-for-profit agencies and facilities, such as long term care facilities, group homes, and community agencies providing services to older adults living in the community such as adult day programs

  • For profit facilities such as retirement homes

  • Co-ordination of home support services

  • Supportive housing co-ordination

  • Co-ordination of volunteer programs

  • Therapeutic recreation/activation

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Health Insurance $808CAD

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