Location
Start Dates

  • August 30 2018
Duration

6Terms

Course Delivery

  • In Class

Domestic: CAD $11,282
International: CAD $31,301

2 years (4 terms of study plus 2 practicum placements) if taken full-time

Program Description

The Social Work Diploma program will teach you how to engage with others to help themselves. You will enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. While you learn the skills for social work practice, you will also develop a unique multicultural focus.

Learners registered in this program will need to write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) assessment in semester one.

We broker this program from NorQuest College.

If you are a full-time learner, you can complete this program in two years. This would include four terms and two practicum placements.

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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
  • 60% in English 30-1 or equivalent
  • Completed a minimum of 100 voluntary and/or paid hours in the human services field. Documentary evidence containing the following information required:
  1. Official letter on letterhead signed by a supervisor, including their contact information
  2. Applicant's role/job title
  3. Total number of hours worked or volunteered
  4. A detailed description of the applicant's responsibilities and the level of interaction they had with clients, their families, and/or the general public
  5. All letters are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please note that we do not accept Record of Employment documentation in lieu of an official reference letter.
Pre-practicum requirement

A current Police Information Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) must be submitted prior to practicum placements.  The existence of a criminal record may postpone or prevent clinical, practicum, or field work placements and, subsequently, successful completion of the program

English language proficiency requirements
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should see the English language proficiency requirements page for details
  • IELTS score of 6 with a minimum band score of 6.0
  • TOEFL Internet-based test score 84, with no section score below 21
  • CELPIP general overall score of 7, with a minimum band score of 7
  • CAEL 60, with no subtest below 60
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks score of 8 in Reading, 8 in Writing, and no lower than 7 in Listening/Speaking
  • Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course that is consistent with the specified academic admission requirements of the career program
  • Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction
  • Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction
Volunteer/Work Requirements

To be admitted to the Social Work program, you must provide documentary evidence of having completed at least 100 hours of volunteer or paid work experience in the human services field.  These guidelines describe the types of volunteer or work experience that are acceptable.
You must have work the 100 hours within the last five years, with one organization. A confidential letter of reference is required from your direct volunteer or employment supervisor on the company/organization's letterhead. The letter must describe the length of time you volunteered or worked and the nature of the work you performed.

This letter must be submitted in one of the following ways:

  • By email, directly from the supervisor, as a .PDF attachment to admissions@bowvalleycollege.ca
  • By mail directly from the supervisor to the Office of the Registrar at Bow Valley College
  • In an envelope that was sealed directly by the supervisor

The 100 hours must be completed in one of the following setting types:

  • A healthcare setting
  • A work setting that falls under the Health Professions Act (Alberta)
  • A registered/accredited human services agency/organization
  • A social services agency/organization.

Your work or volunteer hours should include some elements of direct contact with clients or patients who may be considered disadvantaged or marginalized, and should focus on the client's psycho-social wellbeing.

Volunteer or work opportunities can often be found in helping agencies, outreach organizations, schools, hospitals, crisis lines, programs for at-risk youth, women's shelters, long-term care facilities, and agencies for people with addictions, homelessness, mental illness, or mental challenges.    The following types of volunteer or work opportunities are not acceptable:

  • Daycare or babysitting
  • Fundraising
  • High school co-op programs
  • Office/administrative work

Documentary evidence must be in the form of an official letter, on letterhead signed by a supervisor in the organization.  The letter must contain the following information:

  • Supervisor signature and contact information
  • Applicant's role/job title
  • Total number of hours worked or volunteered
  • A detailed description of the applicant's responsibilities and the level of interaction they had with clients, their families, and/or the general public
  • All letters are reviewed on a case by case basis. Please note that we do not accept Record of Employment documentation in lieu of an official reference letter


Transferability
Additional certification

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the Registered Social Worker (RSW) designation with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW).

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Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca

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Curriculum subject to change

Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

This first-year composition course provides students with a solid grounding in the processes that writers use to communicate clearly in the academic context. By reading and analyzing texts from a broad spectrum of purposes, cultures, historical periods, and disciplines, students develop strategies to communicate their own ideas and integrate them with those of others. Students learn to quote, paraphrase, and summarize the work of other authors, prepare documents according to APA format, and write research papers.

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Real-time Online Blended Combined Online In Class

Gain an overview of the physical, social, psychological, environmental, and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness within the context of the community, the Canadian health-care system, and the global environment. Lifestyle choices are introduced as physical and social determinants affecting personal health and the health of others. Learn how to take responsibility for your own health and to advocate for the health of others.

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In Class

This course gives students a basic understanding of the diverse field of psychology. Attention is given to the scientific method, physiological factors, sleeping, dreaming, learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, personality, and social psychology. Developmental factors of the lifespan are explored along with the development and treatment of psychopathology.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Combined Online In Class

This is the introductory course for social work. The history of social work and its evolution as a profession are examined as the foundation on which an understanding of social work's current roles and practices are based. The Learner's beliefs and values and the relationship of these elements to the profession are examined. The course introduces the learner to concepts of social policy, political structures, social issues, and to practice with diverse client groups. It introduces the overarching concepts of multicultural practice from an anti-oppressive framework.

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In Class

This course focuses on the helping process, which is the essence of social work practice. The helping process is taught in the context of multicultural practice. The process of helping is explored by examining the qualities and values of the helper. Communication theory, techniques, and interviewing skills are introduced as the tools necessary to establish social worker-client relationships. The learner will apply theory and skills to case studies and role-play scenarios.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1010 *
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

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In Class

This field education laboratory is a pre-agency placement experience to heighten awareness and readiness for social work field education. Learners learn reflectively and analytically through practice oriented activities such as case studies, role plays and agency visit is to build skills and identify values for professional ethics and competence reflective of the social work helping process. Learners begin to apply their learned social work knowledge and skills to understand /observe/and discuss practice of supervised service delivery in various agencies.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1010*,C- in SOWK1020*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery:
In Class

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

Learners in ENGL1011 will encounter novels, short stories, and poetry. Works will be representative of various historical periods and cultural contexts. ENGL 1011 will provide enhanced instruction in critical analysis and essay composition. Learners will receive instruction in a variety of methods; these may include essay workshops, informal writing exercises, stylistic and other critical analyses, research skills, and peer editing. Learners are required to produce formal written assignments totaling not less than 3000 words; these will be marked and graded.

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This course provides a comprehensive overview of human growth and development and typical behavioural responses throughout the lifespan. You will analyze human development across three domains: biological, psychological, and sociological. Emphasis is placed upon the stages of development and their linkage to common events occurring during these stages.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Blended Combined Online In Class

This course provides a comprehensive, introductory overview of sociology as a developing discipline. Topics include human social development, culture, diversity, and social trends, with a focus on where Canada fits in a global society. You will learn how people's positions in society shape their lives, and how people adjust to their social and cultural environments.

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Combined Online In Class

This course builds on the theory and practice skills introduced during the first year of the program. It integrates the use of communication and interview skills with theoretical models and concepts to provide a framework for client assessment. Learners will learn a systematic approach to effectively assess and intervene with clients. Knowledge of assessment models and skills will be enhanced through experiential learning. Learners will be encouraged to use their own cultural background and life experiences when they apply the content of this course.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1010, C- in SOWK1020, C- in SOWK1040*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery:
In Class

In this introductory course, concepts that address oppression and oppressed peoples, from historical and contemporary perspectives, are applied to social work practice models. Exploration of the issues associated with internalized dominance and oppression are explored. Different theories and perspectives are applied to provide a framework for practice. Learners will use self-reflection and will share their own experiences to learn about strategies to promote anti-oppressive policy and practice.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1010, C- in SOWK1020

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This second field education laboratory is a pre-agency placement experience to heighten awareness of and readiness for social work field education. This experience encourages learners to apply previously learned theory and skills from the first semester and use current course work to further their competence, through practice oriented activities such as case studies, role plays and agency visits, continuing to build skills and identify values for professional ethics and competence reflective of the social work helping process. Learners apply their learned social work knowledge and skills to understand/observe/ and discuss practice of supervised service delivery in agency settings.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1010, C- in SOWK1020, C- in SOWK1030*, C- in SOWK1040*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

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Term 3

Required CoursesWork Practicum

Apply previously learned concepts of social work practice in a practicum setting. Demonstrate knowledge and application of social work interviewing and assessment skills at a beginner level.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK1024*, C- in SOWK1030*, C- in SOWK1040*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery:
In Class

Term 4

Required CoursesCredit

This course explores the development of Canadian political institutions and political issues in Canada. The learner will learn about contemporary Canadian politics by examining the evolution of federalism, the Constitution, parliament, aboriginal and minority rights, the welfare state, multiculturalism, and similar topics. The course focuses on teaching critical thinking and writing skills by testing normative and empirical theories against Canadian historical and contemporary evidence.

Course Delivery:
In Class

Together, community organization and community development constitute one of the broad structural pillars of the social work profession. This course examines the theory and definitions of community, community organization, and community development, as well as related concepts. Power and equality are considered in relation to oppression. Models of intervention and strategies for change are also applied to diverse communities. The varied roles of the social worker in community practice are studied. Learners will apply principles of community work to their own practices.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK1025

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course focuses on the processes and dynamics of group work in social work practice. The theoretical underpinnings of group work are explored with an emphasis on skill development. The primary focus is on helping learners identify values and practices that differ across cultures and consequently impact group work. A variety of group types, phases of group development, intervention techniques, and leadership qualities are examined. Learners will apply concepts of group work in the classroom and will have opportunities to practice with and observe groups.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK1025

Course Delivery:
In Class

This field education laboratory is a pre-agency placement experience to heighten awareness of and readiness for social work field education. In this laboratory, social work learners are asked to reflect upon and consolidate learning from Year One Social Work courses and Laboratory and Practicum courses. Drawing upon this learning, learners have the opportunity to use their greater theoretical knowledge and skills to further understand/observe/and discuss practice of supervised service delivery in various agencies, through case studies, agency visits, role plays, and discussion. Professional ethics and competence will also be reviewed.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK1025, C- in SOWK2020*, C- in SOWK2030*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

Course Delivery:
In Class

Focus on the role of the social worker in assessing, intervening in, and supporting the family across its lifespan. Examine families as a unique social institution as well as from the student's personal experience. Explore the historical evolution of family member roles, functions, and characteristics.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK1025

Course Delivery:
In Class

Learners examine the major psychological disorders, focusing on clinical description, causal factors (considering the interaction of biological, psychological, and social influences), treatment, and outcomes. Learners develop a working definition of abnormal behavior using the DSM-5 criteria as a basis for classification.
Prerequisites: PSYC1101

Course Delivery:
Real-time Online Combined Online In Class

Term 5

Required CoursesCredit

Study social policy and its relationship to and impact on social work. Discuss social policy concepts and apply them to a variety of Canadian policy issues and societal trends. Examine the benefits and disadvantages of established social policies from the perspectives of marginalized groups.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course provides additional opportunity for senior social work learners to reflect upon and consolidate their learning from the Year 1 practicum experience and prepare for the year 2 agency based practicum in the spring. Drawing upon their previous practicum experience and a broader theoretical and conceptual knowledge base, learners will have the opportunity to increase their skills and competence in advance of the Year 2 practicum.
Prerequisites: C- in SOWK2020, P in SOWK2023, D in SOWK2030, C- in SOWK2050*, C- in SOWK2060*, C- in SOWK2070*
* May be used as a pre- or co-requisite

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The course approaches mental health from a holistic and multi-cultural practice perspective. It examines the traditional medical model of illness and non-traditional cultural practices in mental health. Common mental health disorders are explored with attention to their significance to different cultural groups. The social worker's role as a member of an interdisciplinary team is presented. Learners examine their own preconceptions of and values associated with mental health. Learners will need to complete an applied suicide intervention training course.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK1025, D in PSYC1101, D in PSYC1201

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This course examines in-depth two common abuse situations in contemporary family contexts: violence and addictions. An understanding of the cycle of violence and its impact on families and communities is explored. Addictive substances and behaviours are also identified. Issues associated with power and controls are examined as critical elements in understanding violence. Learners will examine how these issues impact diverse communities. The identification of resources and strategies for intervention and prevention is also a component of this course.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK1025, C- in SOWK2030

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This course will assist learners to identify and understand the role of social workers as managers within many types of organizations. Learners will learn the importance of administration in organizations that provide social services and the relationship between services and the implementation of various policies. The course will also examine the structure and function of organizations, and the issues of development and change. Learners will observe and comment upon the issues addressed by multicultural organizations and the challenges that staff in these organizations face. They will be able to understand the major functions of management and their relevance. Questions surrounding values and ethics in the workplace will be addressed. Attitudes and issues relevant to social work will also be examined in light of the different responsibilities of the social work manager.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK1025, C- in SOWK2020

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This course provides a critical feminist examination of embodied lives in differing social locations. The course challenges the traditional dichotomies of mind/body, culture/nature, and public/private in the treatment of such topics as the feminization of poverty; sexualities, reproduction and family life; violence against women; women and religion; and culture and body image.

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Term 6

Required CoursesWork Practicum

Apply previously learned theory and practice to work with individuals, families, groups, communities and/or organizations. Integrate practicum experience with classroom learning.
Prerequisites: P in SOWK2024, C- in SOWK2050, C- in SOWK2060, C- in SOWK2070

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