Social Work and Human Servicesufv.ca/swhs
This 62-credit program is designed to prepare Indigenous students or those with strong ties to Indigenous communities to enhance the self-reliance of Indigenous peoples and communities, both on and off reserves. Working from a Stó:lõ perspective, graduates of the First Nations option will work with individuals and groups on issues of concern to Indigenous communities, including child abuse, substance misuse, family violence, wellness, and economic development. As Indigenous peoples assert their right to self-determination, particularly in the areas of child welfare, healthcare, and education services, the demand will continue to grow for Indigenous social service workers who can provide dynamic services to Indigenous communities.
This program will provide students with direct employment-related skills while at the same time allowing them to earn up to one and a half years of credits towards a BSW at UFV. Thus, students who are interested in becoming a social worker will be able to develop skills and seek employment as an Indigenous social service worker before going on to complete a professional degree.
Emphasis in the program will be on providing specific skills and knowledge required to work with Indigenous communities on issues of concern to Indigenous peoples. At the same time, students will develop an understanding of the social, political, and cultural context of Indigenous communities.
Assessment of Prior Learning is available for qualified students.
Note: Please see the Practicum regulations section of the Social Services diploma.
Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.
Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall semester only. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.
If the program is full, qualified applicants will be placed on a temporary waitlist. If a space becomes available before September 1, students will be contacted. After September 1, the waitlist is void.
See the Fees and Other Costs section. In addition to tuition and required textbooks, there will be other expenses as well, including criminal record checks and travel to and from practicum sites.
Students may elect to take this program on either a full- or part-time basis. Part-time Social Services diploma students may enrol in any available social services course provided they meet the stated prerequisite and there is space. Part-time students may not be able to access all courses in sequence. Qualifying Studies students and students in other programs may be able to enrol in some social service courses if they meet the stated prerequisite and there is space.
The following courses are required, although the order and timing may vary.
|CMNS 125||Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences||3|
|or ENGL 105||Academic Writing|
|FNST 101||Stó:lõ Nation Development||3|
|SOWK 110||Introduction to Social Work and Human Services||3|
|ANTH 111||First Nations of British Columbia — Traditional Cultures||3|
|or ANTH 211||Aboriginal Peoples in B.C.: Contemporary Issues|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology I||3|
|or PSYC 102||Introduction to Psychology II|
|HSER 120||Interpersonal Communications for Human Services||3|
|HSER 129||Pre-Placement Seminar I||1|
|HSER 200||Counselling Skills||3|
|SOC 101||Introductory Sociology||3|
|Plus:||One Group B elective||3|
|FNST 102||Stó:lõ Traditional Ways of Healing and Helping||3|
|HSER 130||Practicum I||6|
|SOWK 210||Introduction to Social Welfare||3|
|HSER 229||Pre-Placement Seminar II (online)||1|
|HSER 230||Practicum II||6|
|FNST 201||Stó:lõ Communications and World View||3|
|Plus:||One Group A elective||3|
|FNST 202||Stó:lõ Social Structure||3|
|SOWK 297||Introduction to Mental Health and Substance Use||3|
|CMNS 251||Professional Report Writing||3|
Please see this section of the Social Services diploma for lists of eligible elective courses.
Please refer to the Social Services diploma for all program requirements.
Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV's Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).
The certificate is designed for students who:
For details about entrance and program requirements, please contact the School of Social Work and Human Services.
For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.