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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Social Service Worker – Gerontology

Prepare for a career helping older Canadians enjoy a better life.

Sheridan’s Social Service Worker – Gerontology program will prepare you to become a leader in the care of older adults.

Learn social service work focused on a growing population

Social service workers who focus on gerontology are sought out by many organizations because of the growing senior population in Canada. This in-depth diploma answers society’s needs by teaching the foundations of social service work, while training you to specialize in work with the elderly.

Work with our faculty of community service professionals

Our faculty come from a wide range of community service roles, and includes social workers, community developers and gerontology specialists. Each professor brings their unique and valuable experience to every course, providing you with one-of-a-kind knowledge that only years in the field provides.

Get hands-on social service work experience in field placements

In Terms 2, 3 and 4 you’ll work with seniors in a field placement two days a week. This means valuable on-the-job experience and the chance to practically apply your class lessons. You’ll support older adults in different settings, and also establish valuable career connections in the community.

Additional information

Things you'll learn to do

• Advocate with government and not-for-profit agencies who provide services for older adults.
• Develop and implement therapeutic recreation and activation programs.
• Co-ordinate home support services and/or volunteer programs.
• Support persons living with cognitive impairments or mental health challenges and their families.
• Deliver a holistic service plan to improve the lives of older adults.

Gain Professional Registration

When you graduate from the Social Service Worker – Gerontology program, you'll be eligible for membership with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. As a member of this body, you can use the title “Registered Social Service Worker.” For additional details, visit the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers site.

University Linkages

This college diploma program maintains linkages with a number of universities, which offer further educational opportunities for our graduates.

Sheridan Centre for Elder Research

The Social Service Worker – Gerontology program has a unique partnership with the Sheridan Centre for Elder Research. Research at the Centre is regularly integrated into our curriculum, and students may have the opportunity to engage in applied research projects.

  • Ontario College Diploma

    • Full-time
    • 2 yrs (4 semesters)
    • Program code: PSSWG