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The growing need for assistance with pregnant teenagers, homeless persons, children with special needs, and those with substance abuse problems will maintain the need for these workers. Growth is also expected in the area of First Nations outreach and community development, especially for youth and
in rehabilitation. Employment opportunities are much better for those who have appropriate post-secondary education.
Community and social service workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services (life skills workshops, substance abuse treatment programs and other community and social service programs). They assist clients in dealing with personal and social problems. They are employed by social service and government agencies, group homes, correctional facilities and other establishments.
Community and social service workers may interview clients to obtain their case histories and other background information. They may prepare intake reports, assess their clients and investigate their eligibility for social benefits. If necessary, they will refer their clients to other social services. Later they meet again with their clients to assess their progress, give them support and discuss any difficulties or problems. Community
and social service workers may work in schools as paraprofessionals assisting with children with special needs along side occupational therapists or provide respite for families with children with special needs.
This work is done under the supervision of social workers or health care professionals. They also can assist in evaluating the effectiveness of these treatment programs by tracking clients’ behavioural changes and responses to interventions. Community and social service workers maintain contact with
other social service agencies involved with their clients to provide information and to obtain feedback on clients’ overall progress.
Practicum may include any shifts other than day shift (i.e. evenings– 3 to 11 pm or nights– 11 pm to 7 am and possible weekends).
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from designated offsite training and practicum sites.
Practicum training is conducted in shifts of a minimum of 5 hours per day for a total of 100 hours distributed equally over a four-week practicum placement.
Clinical placement sites are subject to availablitity (may be in various areas).
Practicum sites may require more current and/or additional CRC (for instance: RCMP) and TB testing (to be done at student’s expense)
Note that successful completion of any of EC100 individually or as part of a program will allow the student to apply for assistant status. Successful completion of EC100 includes attendance of a minimum of 90 instructional/classroom hours to be eligible for this certificate.
• In this module, students will complete their training and certification in Crisis Prevention (CPI Certified) Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, FoodSafe Level 1, Standard First Aid with CPR-C and AED, WHMIS, and eSuicideTalk Training
• Also included in the module is a component on professional ethics and working in the Community Support Work field
• Increase sensitivity to and understanding of others by becoming other oriented
• Develop effective means of communication – listening, attending, paraphrasing, providing feedback and understanding of perceptions
• Stress management
• Assertiveness training
• 4-week practicum of 25 hours per week
• For this practicum the student may choose one of the following options:
– CS500 – Child/Youth Care Services
– CS600 – Adult Care Services