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Community Support Worker

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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Program length

9 months

Credential

Certificate

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TUITION & FEES

Canadian
Total tuition: $5,145.00
Total fees: $1,465.50
International
Total tuition: $18,550.00
Total fees: $1,465.50

 
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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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Course Listing

Students starting in January follow this structure:

  • Term 1 - Winter
  • Term 2 - Spring/Summer
  • Term 3 - Fall

Courses may be adjusted within the terms specified. A final schedule will be provided to learners during registration.

Students have the choice of one of four areas of practice specializations: Indigenous Peoples, immigrants and refugees, individuals with disabilities, and older adults.

Course CodeTitleCredit
Term 1 - 16 weeks
COMM1011 (O)
Explore the fundamentals of communication and interpersonal relationships. Examine effective communication, barriers to effective communication, and specific communication strategies that can improve interactions with others. Learn theories related to communication climate, groups, teams, conflict, and conflict management.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
COLL1000 (O)
Enhancing Students Success (COLL 1000) is intended to support NorQuest College students in their academic development. This course will facilitate first-year students’ transition into the college and academic setting, assist them to establish academic routines, and provide them with knowledge about the College and its values, mission, and vision.  Course topics will include Understanding Yourself in the Context of NorQuest College; Succeeding Academically In and Out of Class; Vocation: Majors, Jobs, and Personal and Professional Purpose; and Learning from the Diversity of the NorQuest Community.
  • 15 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
1
COSW1100 (O)
Learn the roles of support workers within diverse communities. Identify the skills, knowledge, and practices necessary to implement effective support interventions and service resources in the local community.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
CRIS1040
Explore the social issues of violence, abuse, and addictions. Learn basic crisis intervention skills, including first aid, suicide intervention, and applications to law enforcement.
  • 21 Lecture
  • 24 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
HEED1000 (O)
Gain an overview of the physical, social, psychological, environmental, and spiritual aspects of personal health and wellness within the context of the community, the Canadian health-care system, and the global environment. Lifestyle choices are introduced as physical and social determinants affecting personal health and the health of others. Learn how to take responsibility for your own health and to advocate for the health of others.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3

Disabled Community Support Specialization

COSW1070 (O)
Focus on developing working knowledge and skills in supporting physically disabled individuals and their families. Develop your skills in interviewing, advocacy, supportive counselling, conflict resolution, information and referral, and case management.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3

Immigrant/Refugee Community Support Specialization

COSW1030 (O)
Learn the skills required to support new Canadians in accessing resources and community services in order to meet settlement needs and function effectively in their effort to integrate successfully as members of their communities.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3

Indigenous Community Support Specialization

COSW1050 (O)
Examine the historical foundations of Aboriginal culture.  Study the key events that have impacted Aboriginal individuals, families, and communities.  Focus on the application of Aboriginal cultural awareness and knowledge of Aboriginal history to community support practice.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3

Older Adults Community Support Specialization

COSW1090 (O)
Older adults often experience increasingly limited access to their communities that results in their emotional and psychological needs being unmet. Learn about the resources available to assist older adults to maintain their independence and their emotional and psychological well-being.
  • 15 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 2 - 16 weeks
COMM1024 (O)
Create accurate and appropriate documentation and records and learn to prepare reports using the documentation.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
COSL1100
Engage with your community through experiential learning. Apply theories learned in the classroom to real-life service projects. Learners will explore basic concepts and skills of experiential learning, including community benefit and community-based research methods. Projects will pair learners with community organizations for mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • 15 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
COSW1011
Focus on developing an introductory working knowledge of laws, policies, and government service-delivery agencies related to the community support practice in Indigenous, immigrant/refugee, and the disabled communities.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
COSW1020
Students examine and apply best practices of leadership in team and organizing work. Attention will be drawn to best practices specific to working in Aboriginal, immigrant/refugee, and the disabled communities.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3

Disabled Community Support Specialization

COSW1080 (O)
Focus on developing working knowledge and skills in supporting mentally disabled individuals and those with multiple disabilities. Learn how to build communities and locate resources that support disabled individuals and their families.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3

Immigrant/Refugee Community Support Specialization

COSW1040 (O)
Focus on the role of the community support worker in serving immigrant families as they deal with challenges in such areas as parenting, parent-child relationships, spousal relationships, schooling, and role-reversals in the family. Learn the skills needed to assess, intervene, and support the individual and the family as they settle and integrate into their community.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3

Indigenous Community Support Specialization

COSW1060 (O)
Examine the concepts and lived realities of community and community development from an Aboriginal perspective.  Focus on developing working knowledge and skills in organizing and building communities and resources in support of Aboriginal individuals and families in both urban and rural settings.  Students learn to apply practice methods such as group work, community engagement, and organization.
  • 45 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3

Older Adults Community Support Specialization

COSW1095 (O)
Learn the skills required to support older adults as they interact with others in their daily lives. Tools will include person-centred activities and encouragement as a means of promoting older adults’ physical and social well-being.
  • 15 Lecture
  • 30 Lab
  • 0 Work Experience
3
Term 3 - 6 weeks
COSW1025
Gain comprehensive practical experience as you apply previously learned theory and practice in working with individuals, families, communities, and organizations.
  • 0 Lecture
  • 0 Lab
  • 200 Work Experience
3

Additional note

Courses marked with (O) are available as Open Studies courses.