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Diploma of Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees (SSWI)
Diploma of Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees (SSWI)

Diploma of Social Service Worker - Immigrants and Refugees (SSWI)

  • ID:SC010135
  • 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

This two-year diploma program prepares you to succeed as a social service provider working with immigrants and refugees from diverse backgrounds. With a framework based on equity, social justice and anti-oppression principles, this program will provide insight and understanding of pre-migration conditions and how to effectively aid clients with migration and the integration process. 

Your success in this program will be measured by your ability to grow, change and challenge your own beliefs, values and promote social justice, human dignity and equality. 


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • International and national migration policies
  • Settlement counselling 

  • Case management 

  • Community development

  • Advocacy

  • Fundraising and proposal writing

  • Program planning 

  • Development and evaluation

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Semester 1

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

  • SSW101, Interpersonal Communications

  • SSW102, Anti Oppressive Practice

  • WIR100, Introduction to Immigrant and Refugee Policies

  • WIR147, Field Seminar: Laws, Principles and Ethics

Semester 2

  • SSW201, Group Dynamics

  • SSW212, Interviewing Skills and Principles

  • WIR208, Introduction to Settlement Sector

  • WIR227, Immigrant Families and Systemic Violence

  • WIR247, Integrative Field Work Seminar

  • WIR257, Field Placement

  • plus: General Education Course*

Semester 3

  • SSW311, Service Coordination and Advocacy

  • SSW312, Supportive Counselling

  • WIR347, Integrative Field Work Seminar

  • WIR357, Field Placement

  • WIR377, Non-Profit Funding and Grant Writing

  • plus: General Education Course*

Semester 4

  • SSW402, Community Practice

  • WIR407, Mental Health and Addiction

  • WIR408, Migration and Trauma

  • WIR447, Integrative Field Work Seminar

  • WIR457, Field Placement

  • 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

  • * SOC360, COM470, SCL100 or SOC100 will not fulfil a General Education requirement for the SSWI program, but may be used as a General Education option outside the SSWI program.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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

  • Settlement agencies

  • Schools

  • Refugee shelters

  • Community centres

  • Criminal justice system

  • Women’s programs, shelters and agencies offering services for immigrant youth

Based on your skills, interests and professional background you will qualify to work as:

  • Job search workshop facilitator

  • Host program worker

  • Settlement worker

  • Housing worker

  • School settlement worker

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Health Insurance $807.49CAD

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