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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.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify needs, strengths and resources of older adults to assist them in setting goals that promote their optimal functioning, well being, and quality of life.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate services and programs in response to identified needs and goals of older adults.
  • Participate in the SSW role as a member of an inter-professional team, in the development and provision of relevant services and programs for older adults.
  • Record information accurately and communicate effectively in oral, written and electronic formats, in adherence to privacy, and freedom of information legislation.
  • Develop and maintain helping relationships which adhere to professional, legal and ethical standards aligned with social service work.
  • Assess diverse needs and experiences of individuals, groups, families, caregivers and communities, to promote accessible and responsive programs and services.
  • Develop strategies and plans that lead to the promotion of self-care, lifelong learning, reflective practice, and enhanced work relationships.
  • Advocate for change strategies that promote social and economic justice and challenge patterns of oppression and discrimination.
  • Develop competencies in emerging technologies to enhance quality of life for older adults, caregivers and family members.