Social Services Diploma

Social Services Diploma

  • Program Length 
    2 Years
  • Credential 
    Diploma
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo


The Program

Social Services Diploma - Program requirements prior to June 2015

The program provides advanced-level training for working in the social services field and is available on a full-time or a part-time basis. The program includes the following components:

  • courses in addictions and addiction treatment, conflict resolution, leadership and supervision, community development, interpersonal skills, and special topics;
  • elective courses drawn from a wide-ranging selection of elective options in many different disciplines relevant to the human services field.

The program uses workplace-based projects and assignments to help students integrate and apply classroom learning in practice.

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Vancouver Island University diploma. Completion of the program also earns credit towards VIU's Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care degrees.

Students may also complete courses towards the diploma at the Cowichan campus.

Program Outline

Year 1

Credits

CRIM 290 - (Alternative Conflict Resolution in Criminal Justice Systems)

3

PSYC 121 - (Developmental Psychology I) or 
CYC 111 - (Child Development)

3

PSYC 122 - (Developmental Psychology II) or 
CYC 112 - (Adolescent Development)

3

SOCW 200A - (Intro to Social Work Practice) or approved alternative

3

SOCW 200B - (Intro to Social Welfare in Canada) or approved alternative

3

SOCW 211 - (Family Studies)

3

CYC 165 - (Introduction to Group Work in Child & Youth Care Practice)

3

SOCW 252 - (Interpersonal Communication Skills)

3

Degree English Requirement*

6

Total Credits

30

* ENGL 115 and ENGL 125 are recommended.


Year 2

Credits

HHS 276 - (Trauma and Resiliency Across the Lifespan)

3

SOCW 270 - (Social Work Practice in Mental Health and Addictions)

3

SOCW 280 - (Methods in Social Work Practice)

3

SOCW 281 - (Practicum I) 
SOCW 282 - (Practicum II)

6

15 credits chosen from the following list: 
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
FNAT 101 - (Exploring Indigenous Identities)
FNAT 102 - (Exploring Indigenous Communities)
FNAT 203 - (Indigenous and Settler Relations)
FNAT 204 - (Indigenous Perspectives on the Environment)
HIST 113 - (Canada since 1945: New and Changing Identities)
HIST 208 - (North American Popular Culture After World War II)
HIST 210 - (Canadian Women's History to 1920)
HIST 231 - (First Nations People in Canadian History since 1867)
MEDI 115 - (Popular Culture and Mass Media)
MEDI 200 - (Media, Audience and Society)
WOST 200 - (Intro to Women's Studies I)
WOST 210 - (Intro to Women's Studies: First Nations I)
Faculty of Health & Human Services
CYC 362 - (Child Abuse and Neglect Concerns)
HHS 263 - (Elders Teachings Across Disciplines)
HHS 275 - (Animal Assisted Interventions with Individuals and Families) 
Faculty of Social Sciences
CRIM 200 - (Aboriginal Issues in the Canadian Criminal Justice System)
GLST 210 - (Introduction to Global Studies)
PHIL 112 - (Intro to Philosophy: Ethics) 
POLI 200 - (International Peace and Security) 
POLI 201 - (An Introduction to International Political Economy) 
POLI 221 - (Canadian Politics and Government) 
POLI 245 - (Ideologies and Political Thought) 
POLI 260 - (Justice and the Good Life: an Introduction to Political Thought) 
SOCI 111 - (Introduction to Sociology) 
SOCI 112 - (Introduction to Sociology: Canadian Society in the Contemporary World)

15

Total Credits

30

Note: Not all courses are offered each year.

Additional Notes

  • Students planning to apply to the third year of VIU's Bachelor of Social Work degree require the following:
    • 6 credits of Degree English Requirements or equivalent. A minimum grade of "C+" is required in each course.
    • 6 credits of SOCW 200A and SOCW 200B or equivalent. A minimum grade of "B-" is required for each course.
    • 24 credits of Arts & Humanities and/or Social Science courses.
    • 24 credits of other post-secondary courses not including Social Services/Social Work courses.
    • A minimum Grade Point Average of 2.33 (“C+”) calculated on the most recent 24 credits completed.
  • Students graduating from the Social Services Diploma Program with only the required 60 credits must also complete another 18 course credits to meet admission requirements to the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program at Vancouver Island University. Students who elect to enter the 3rd year of the BSW program without first completing the Social Services Diploma program at VIU can do so by meeting the admission requirements which are noted above and also located VIU Bachelor of Social Work Admission Requirements
  • Students planning to apply to the third year of VIU’s Bachelor Arts, Child and Youth Care degree program must choose CYC 111 and CYC 112 and should consult with the Child and Youth Care advisor.
  • SOCW 281 and SOCW 282 (Practicum) are usually taken as a block between April and June (210 hours) and are assessed tuition fees the same as other courses in the program.

Completion Requirements

To earn the diploma, students must:

    • complete all required courses, and maintain a minimum “C” grade average;
    • complete all requirements for program completion within a 5-year period.
Updated 
Monday, October 16, 2017

Admission Requirements

Notes on Admission

  • Students who have completed a Human Services Certificate (e.g., Community Support Worker or Special Education Assistant) at VIU, or elsewhere, or have completed one or more years of University-level courses, may apply for advanced standing on a course-by-course basis. For further information, please contact the program Chair.
  • Individuals who have gained knowledge and skills, through considerable experience in the field and through non-formal learning, may wish to explore Prior Learning Assessment towards credit.
  • Fieldwork and/or practicums will require a satisfactory criminal record check prior to placement. Criminal Record Checks are requested through VIU. The Registration Centre at VIU will contact prospective students by mail regarding the requirements for a Criminal Record Check. Criminal Record Checks are processed through the Ministry according to the Criminal Records Review Act. A check completed through the RCMP is not sufficient to meet the requirements of the Act. A criminal record may limit practicum possibilities and work opportunities in the human services field.

Start Date and Application Deadline

The program starts in September and applications are accepted between the first business day in October and March 31. For further information regarding late applications and program contacts check the Program Availability List.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the diploma program will gain skills to prepare them for work in a broad range of social services positions, including supervisory/administrative roles and more specialized direct service roles with community agencies, private service providers, and some government services.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $147.76 per credit)

4,432.80

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

177.31

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.53 per credit)

195.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.12 per month)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate yearly cost for books and supplies

1,100.00

Total

6,333.97

Notes

The practicum courses, SOCW 281/282, are offered in a separate semester and students should add an additional semester’s worth of Students' Union fees to the fee total.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester)

15,240.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

748.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.12 per month)

152.96

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year (Note: Books and supply costs vary depending on course load and course type.)

1,100.00

Total

17,516.76

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

The practicum courses, SOCW 281/282, are offered in a separate semester and students should add an additional semester’s worth of Students' Union fees to the fee total.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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