Gain specialized skills to work with newcomers to Canada
The Sheridan’s Social Service Worker– Immigrant and Refugee Stream is one of a very few postsecondary programs in Ontario to offer training that specializes in serving those immigrants and refugees who are new to Canada. Success in the program requires that you be accepting and open to those of different racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. A diploma in this immigration worker program is highly advantageous when seeking employment in government and community-based organizations such as:
- Settlement agencies
- Social service agencies
- School and training-based environments
- Government departments working directly with immigrants, refugees and their families
The first year of your program focuses on the foundational theories and skills essential to social service work. The second year of your training addresses the needs and challenges of working with immigrants and refugees, including:
- Crisis intervention
- Case management skills for working with diverse populations
- Assessment and referral strategies
- Aiding community assimilation
Professors with Innovative Teaching Strategies
Professors teaching in the immigration worker training program are highly experienced educators who employ innovative classroom techniques to prepare you for your Year-Two practicum experience and ultimately for the workplace. You'll learn through:
- Role-playing activities in a lab simulation environment
- Guest presenters from organizations serving immigrant populations
- Coaching in simulated job interviews
- Simulations of newcomer settlement counseling sessions with instructor feedback
- Collaborative classroom activities that help you hone your skills in working with people from different cultures
Gain Real-World Experience as an Immigration Worker
During your second year in the program, you'll undertake a practicum in a social service setting. During this year, you'll complete over 600 hours of service in a community-based, settlement-related social agency, utilizing the skills you learned in the classroom. This real-world experience is highly valued by employers when you begin looking for a position working with immigrants and refugees.
Professional Registration Opportunity
When you complete the program, you will be eligible for admission to the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. As a member of this regulating body, you'll be able to use the title “Registered Social Service Worker.” For additional details, visit www.ocswssw.org.
This college diploma program maintains linkages with a number of universities, which offer further educational opportunities for our graduates.
The Social Service Worker–Immigrant and Refugee Stream Program is located at the Davis Campus in Brampton, Ontario and at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.