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




Non-Course Prerequisites:
Acceptance in the Social Services Worker Diploma Program or permission of the Chair




Course Content:
- Orientation to helping (definition, careers, further education)
- Professional suitability and characteristics of Social Services Workers
- Common concerns of beginning helpers
- Principles and values of helping; importance of culturally diverse practice
- The process and stages of the helping process working within organizations, and with individuals, groups, and communities at large.
- Helping skills for positive action and behavior change
- Introductions to ethical issues in helping relationships
- Knowledge of effective self-care for Social Services Workers
- Critical self-reflection and the use of self in helping


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
-Recognize the current trends in the Social Services field.
-Describe the helping process within an organization and at an individual, group, and community level.|
-Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
-Define the parameters of professional suitability as a Social Services Worker.
-Critically self-reflect on any biases or prejudices and work towards change.
-Define social justice and describe the importance of social justice in practice. 


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.