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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.

For the Fall 2020 semester, this program will be delivered entirely through remote learning. View delivery modes for all programs.

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.