Community Support Worker (CSW) Program
FACULTY OF HEALTH - 49 WEEKS - DIPLOMA PROGRAM
The Community Support Worker (also known and referred to as CSWs) role is very diverse and very dynamic! CSWs assist clients who are dealing with persistent multiple barriers, social and economic challenges, addiction, abuse, chronic health conditions, grief and loss, and many other issues and needs that arise from everyday living. The value that community support workers bring to the interdisciplinary community-based service programs, is evidenced by the ever-increasing demand for graduated Community Support Workers in the human services field.
Human services is a network umbrella, comprised of various organizations, agencies and government entities, developed to meet human needs. Individuals who choose a career in human services will be able to fulfill their strong desire to work in a “helping” profession where they will have the opportunity to make purposeful and meaningful contributions to another person’s growth, self-worth, empowerment and well-being.
First College is dedicated to preparing students to become skillful and successful human service professionals. Integrated in the design of this 49-week accelerated program, is a foundation of knowledge consistently guided by the principles of ethics, humanistic approaches, structures of social justice, fundamentals of sociology and psychology, conceptual frameworks of lifespan perspectives, and strengths-based, person-centered wellness models.
During their journey of learning and developing essential skills and professional competencies in the Community Support Worker (CSW) program, students are also afforded the opportunity to embark on an intentional discovery of personal learning, where self-reflection, and self-awareness will naturally lead them to focused action. Students will find that as a graduate from the First College Community Support Worker (CSW) program they will be fully competent, confident and career ready.
Students in the Community Support Worker program will participate in a practical experience that is offered at the end of the program. The Practicum consists of 180 hours that is completed over a 6 week period. In these practicum settings, students will transfer their knowledge to actual work in the field of human services. Students will have opportunities to synthesize, integrate and apply practical skills from the formal training they learned throughout the program, and students will also benefit by the many opportunities for networking and making important contacts within the community based programs they will be assigned to.
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Community Support Worker (CSW) program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
What are your future opportunities?
• Aboriginal community services
• Adult community-based programs
• Alcohol and detox facilities
• Community and mental health
• Community living
• Child and youth services
• Disability and special needs services
• Family support services
• Mental health agencies
• Pregnancy and outreach
• Residential support
• Shelter support programs
• Supportive care
49 WEEKS - DIPLOMA PROGRAM
First College will provide FREE training in CPR, First Aid, Food Safe, ASIST Training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), SIVA Training (holistic non violence prevention), and Student Practice Education Core Orientation (SPECO) before Practice Education.
First College admits applicants on a first-qualified basis, whereby applicants must meet one of the following two admission criteria:
1. The student has graduated from grade 12 or equivalent (B.C. high school diploma, B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma, General Education Development) or an equivalent secondary school completion from another jurisdiction.
2. The student has a mature student status: at least 19 years of age and proof of completion of Grade 10 English. Please note: College courses determined to be equivalent to completion of Grade 10 English (or higher) by post-secondary institutions are accepted and applicants must submit transcripts to evidence completion. A minimum of a C grade is accepted.
CSW 201 Introduction to Human Services
CSW 202 Professional development 1: Ethics, Professional Boundaries, Reporting and Recording
CSW 203 Communication and Interpersonal Skills
CSW 204 Theories and Psychology of Human Development
CSW 205 Humanistic Psychology: Personal Growth
CSW 206 Disciplines in Critical Thinking
CSW 207 Principles of Human Behavior
CSW 208 Fundamentals of Mental Health
CSW 209 Substances Use, Addiction and Compulsive Disorder
CSW 210 Family Violence, Abuse and Boundary Violations
CSW 211 Child and Youth Mental Health
CSW 212 Client Centered Counseling and Crisis Intervention
CSW 213 Counseling Techniques for Groups
CSW 214 Therapy for Children
CSW 215 Special Topics in Human Services
CSW 216 Supportive Care 1
CSW 217 Supportive Care 2
CSW 218 Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Self Care
CSW 219 Professional Development 2: Career Readiness
CSW 200 Practicum
Practice Education Requirements:
Requirements are due prior to the first day of practicum, the Student Service Department will assist student with obtaining necessary documentation.
1. Criminal Record Check: A criminal record check clearance from the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s Criminal Records Review Office.
2. A Tuberculin Skin Test (also called a Mantoux tuberculin test) performed by CDC or physician.
Community Support Worker (CSW) Program Cost
Student Loan Available
Students will receive $1,000.00 CAD off for January 2020 intake ONLY (Domestic Students)
Application Fee - $150.00 CAD
Tuition Fee - $12,500.00 CAD
Textbook Fee - $2,600.00 CAD
Total Cost: $15,250.00 CAD
Application Fee - $150.00 CAD
Tuition Fee - $13,500.00 CAD
Assessment Fee & Administrative Fee - $100.00 CAD
Textbook Fee - $2,600.00 CAD
Total Cost: $16,350.00 CAD
2019/2020 Date and Schedule
The enrollment deadline for March 2020 intake is Friday, February 28, 2019
March 11, 2020 to March 05, 2021
(49 Weeks Without Breaks, 20 hours a week)
Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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