SSWD 110 - Introduction Human Services Work

This course is an introduction to human service work in a northern and rural context. Students will be introduced to the skills, knowledge and values necessary for entry level work in a human service field. The course prepares students with an understanding of the history, nature and characteristics of effective Social Service Workers.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture: 45)


Total Weeks: 15


Prerequisites: None


Non-Course Prerequisites: None


Co-requisites: None

Course Content:

- A definition of helping
- Careers in Social Service Work
- Characteristics of Social Service Workers
- Common concerns of beginning helpers
- Principles and values of helping
- The process and stages of the helping process
- Helping skills for loss and grief
- Helping skills for positive action and behavior change
- Ethical issues in helping relationships
- Knowledge of effective self-care for Social Service Workers


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course the students will:
- Recognize currents trends and practice in the Social Service Worker field
- Understand the process and stages of the helping process
- Demonstrate the ethics and values of the British Columbia Social Work Code of Ethics work
- Illustrate personal readiness and suitability for Social Service Work
- Identify issues of diversity and the impact on the helping relationship
- Define personal boundary issues that have an effect on the helping relationship
- Name the range of community resources for specific target populations
- Demonstrate effectively working as a team member in a classroom setting
- Describe Social Service Worker practice within the context of social change and social justice obligations.


Grading System: Letters

Passing Grade: C+ (65%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks: Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.