If your definition of a rewarding career includes helping people overcome oppression and other systemic barriers, the social service worker diploma may be your ideal starting point.
UFV’s approach to social work and human services will root your career in the principles of reconciliation, social justice, equality, and diversity. You will gain a sound understanding of the social welfare system, theories of practice, professional ethics, and direct practice skills.
If you choose the Indigenous focus, you will be prepared to work in culturally safe ways within a range of Indigenous community settings. Your perspective will be broadened and deepened as you develop an understanding of the social, cultural, and political contexts of Indigenous communities.
Your diploma will include two practicum experiences of two hundred hours each, giving you valuable professional experience within a community-based agency or school. It’s possible to complete this 62-credit program within four semesters of full-time study, but you may extend your program if you study part-time.
After you complete the program, you will be able to join other UFV graduates working in schools and community-based social agencies that focus on children’s services, corrections, family supportviolence, homelessness, mental health, settlement services, substance use, women’s services, and more.
You will also be eligible to continue your education with a Bachelor of Social Work or other degree. You’re encouraged to meet with a UFV academic advisor to discuss your plans and goals.
The British Columbia 2025 Labour Market Outlook identifies social work as a high opportunity occupation with an excellent projected employment rate: over 11,000 new jobs between 2019 and 2029.