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National Recovery Month: Community Support Worker Spotlight

September is National Recovery Month, a time to recognize those who have overcome addictions and support those who are still in their recovery journey. In honour of this month, we wanted to take a moment to highlight our Community Support Worker – Social Services program and how support workers can make a massive difference in the lives of those struggling with addictions and mental health challenges. With the help of dedicated professionals uplifting our vulnerable communities, recovery is possible.

Due to the increasing demand for community support workers in Canada, there has never been a better time to start a career path in this field. In this blog post, we will take a look at the skills you need to succeed as a support worker, what students will learn as part of the Community Support Worker – Social Services program, and the different career paths you can take once you earn your diploma.

Essential Community Support Worker Skills

To succeed as a support worker in Canada, students need to have a variety of soft skills that will help them in their career. Strong communication skills help students understand their client’s needs and preferences while interacting with them in different daily activities. Adaptability skills are also useful and allow students to adapt and cope with unexpected emergencies. Finally, students who have empathy skills can better relate to their clients’ emotional needs and challenges. All these skills are important for providing quality service to both clients and their communities.   

Community Support Workers stacking their hands in unity while working.

The Community Support Worker Program

We created our Community Support Worker and Mental Health and Addictions Care Worker programs to provide graduates with a complete toolkit of knowledge in the support worker field. Practicum placements included in our programs allow students to get practical skills they need to start their careers. These programs foster critical thinking skills, allowing graduates to advocate for their clients, and share their knowledge of overcoming addictions within the community.

Students will learn to support, diagnose and treat individuals with sensitivity toward cultural differences. These skills will enhance career success and empower graduates to be a force for positive change within their community across a variety of scenarios. Students will not only sharpen their social skills, but also explore various topics in human development, such as psychology and sociology, and apply their knowledge to real-life situations. Graduates will be prepared to help people from various backgrounds recover from their challenges, understand the impact social interactions can have on individuals, and help the most vulnerable communities in Canada.

Starting a Career as a Community Support Worker

Community Support Workers are in high demand, and there is a range of rewarding career roles that students can choose after completing their diploma. Now that you know all the skills needed to become a community support worker and the positive impact support workers can make in our communities, Sprott Shaw invites you to start a career that helps people change their lives for the better. After graduation, graduates can offer group sessions to clients who need social assistance as a community support worker. Graduates can also work in schools as paraprofessional educators, helping children with special needs to learn. No matter what career path our graduates choose, they will be making a positive difference in people’s lives

Do you want to make a difference in your local community? Check out our Community Support Worker program for more information and for more blogs, click here.

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