Community Support Worker
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Community Support Worker (2018-2019)

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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Program length

9 months

Credential

Certificate

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TUITION & FEES


Canadian
Total: $6,610.50

International
Total: $20,015.50

 
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • 55% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
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Overview

The Community Support Worker program is a nine-month certificate designed to develop fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes in students to work with marginalized communities and individuals. Graduates are expected to work at the front line of human-service delivery settings in one of four distinct areas: immigrants and refugees, Indigenous Peoples, individuals with disabilities, and older adults.

The following are some of the agencies and organizations that provide these services:

  • street work organizations
  • group homes
  • emergency shelters
  • settlement agencies
  • cultural organizations
  • child and family service agencies
  • Indigenous service agencies
  • cultural societies
  • personal and in-home supports for persons with disabilities
  • services that support older adults

Program Learning Outcomes

Community Support Worker Program graduates will be able to:
  • identify past and present systemic barriers and how groups are marginalized by differences of socio-economic status, age, culture, ethnic background, gender, ability, and sexual orientation/identity in Canada
  • assess and explain the consequences of discrimination and marginalization on communities and individuals.
  • support and empower marginalized individuals and communities, as well as advocate on their behalf
  • identify the service needs of individuals and communities, and recognize and locate resources available to meet those needs
  • interpret social policy issued by the federal, provincial, municipal, and FNMI governments and the possibilities and barriers that policy creates
  • identify and evaluate practice methods that are suitable for use with target populations
  • understand the various laws, regulations, and ethical guidelines that pertain to the helping professions in Alberta
  • demonstrate effective and clear writing skills
  • understand the roles, responsibilities, and limitations of Community Support Workers and recognize effective personal and professional boundaries
  • demonstrate strong intercultural and interpersonal communication skills
  • practice effective teamwork and leadership skills
  • manage intrapersonal and interpersonal conflict

Practicum/Work Experience

This program includes a 200-hour practicum in the third term.

Location

Edmonton, Wetaskiwin