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Meet Amanda: How the CSW Program Helped Me Find My Calling

Jan 12, 2022 10:27:18 AM

After years of working various retail jobs and then staying home to raise her three kids, Amanda Gauthier decided it was time to get some career training.

She had no post-secondary education and was nervous about going back to school in her 30s. She also struggled with “mom guilt” for taking on this new challenge while her children were still very little. Her youngest was not even school age yet.

But she was passionate about helping people and ready to pursue a new path. So she took the plunge and enrolled in the Community Services Worker program at Herzing College.

It was a decision that changed her life.

We spoke with Amanda recently to learn about her experience with the course, the instructor, and the internship.

Here are the highlights of our conversation.

Meet Marina: My Experience in the Community Services Worker Program

Dec 21, 2021 9:16:44 AM

Marina Denisova always knew she wanted to help people change their lives for the better.

She completed graduate studies in social work in her native Russia. But when she came to Canada, she knew she needed additional training.

She needed to build on her English language skills and learn about the social programs and systems that were in place in this country.

That’s what led her to enrol in the Community Services Worker (CSW) program at Herzing.

Marina graduated from the program and is now an ECE assistant with the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

We spoke with her recently to get her thoughts on the CSW course, the instructor, and the overall Herzing experience.

Here’s what she had to say.

What Do Social Workers, CSWs, and PSWs Do?

Oct 28, 2021 11:28:50 AM

If you’re looking for a meaningful role that lets you help people who are struggling, a career as a social worker, community services worker (CSW), or personal support worker (PSW) could be the answer.

All three positions are about making sure vulnerable individuals get the support they need and the respect they deserve.

But what exactly do social workers, CSWs, and PSWS each do? How are the roles different, and how can you know which one would suit you best?

In this post, we explain how all three careers compare in terms of tasks, salaries, outlook, and training requirements.

4 Growing Healthcare Careers That Don’t Need a Degree

Oct 20, 2021 10:00:06 AM

Updated November 2022

The healthcare field is growing fast. And you don’t need a university degree to become part of it.

With short, streamlined training at the college level, you can qualify for several healthcare careers with promising outlooks across Ontario.

For instance, you could become a community services worker, medical office assistant, personal support worker, or physiotherapist assistant. All of those careers are generating new opportunities—and require only a college diploma to get started.

Read on to learn more about each role and see which one may be a good choice for you.

CSW Diploma: Meet the Instructor, Explore the Program

Aug 27, 2021 11:55:53 AM

Photo: CSW instructor, Sabrina Bellefeuille at her home in Ottawa, Ontario

Becoming a community services worker (CSW) means dedicating yourself to helping vulnerable people overcome personal and social difficulties.

Sabrina Bellefeuille knows all about the realities, rewards, and challenges of a CSW career.

She’s a graduate of Herzing College’s CSW diploma program and has worked in mental health services for more than 14 years.

Recently, she came back to Herzing to teach the CSW program.

We spoke with Sabrina this week to learn what students can expect from the program and the community services field in general.

Read on to meet the instructor, explore the CSW program, and learn more about the career path.

Should You Take Social Services Training? 6 Things to Consider

Mar 22, 2021 1:08:04 PM

Are you looking for a career where you can get involved in your community, help people in need, and create a more fair and just social system?

Welcome to the world of social work. Social work is all about human rights, social justice, and making sure everyone has access to opportunities and support.

There are many ways to start a career in this field. If you don't want to spend years in university earning a degree, you can pursue social services training at the college level.

For example, you can become a community services worker (CSW). It takes just 12 months to complete a CSW diploma.

Many programs include an internship, so you'll get real work experience at a community organization before you graduate.

But short training isn't the only thing to consider. It takes a special skillset to succeed in the social services field. Is it a good fit for you? How can you know for sure?

In this post, we'll guide you through some key questions to ask yourself.

Find out what to expect at work, what is involved in social services training, and whether this career makes sense for you.

Let's get started.

CSW Careers: Explore Jobs in Social Services

Jan 18, 2021 12:47:11 PM

Photo: Community Services Worker students and instructor at Herzing College Ottawa (2019)

Community services workers (CSWs) play a very important role in society.

They work directly with vulnerable people who need immediate support, including at-risk youth, survivors of domestic abuse, refugees and people suffering from addiction and mental health issues.

Community services workers connect people with resources, provide counselling, and arrange treatment programs depending on each person’s needs.

It can be an incredibly rewarding career path for anyone looking to work with others and help address social issues.

Without the support of community services workers, many at-risk people would have nowhere to turn for help. CSWs make a real difference in the community.

Interested in this career?

In this post, we’ll show you six examples of community services worker jobs along with descriptions of each position.

These are the jobs our own CSW graduates are often hired to fill.

Meet Bryan Coker: Your Guide to Herzing's CSW Program

Jun 19, 2020 11:40:16 AM

Photo: CSW program instructor, Bryan Coker at his home office in Ottawa

Do you know someone who's taken the Community Services Worker (CSW) program at Herzing? Just mention the name Bryan Coker. You'll see their eyes light up right away. 

Bryan's been teaching the CSW program for 10 years and is absolutely beloved among students and graduates.

His unique background as a pastor, social worker, community organizer, and counsellor helps him connect with people in a very unique way.

Bryan's teaching style goes far beyond the "mechanics" of social work and community services.

He helps students reflect on their own lives and struggles, and cultivate their own unique approach as counsellors.

Bryan says students leave his class "with a changed heart", open and ready to assist others.

They walk away with the mindset, tools, and knowledge required to make real change in their own communities. From what graduates tell us, it's a pretty transformative experience!

Are you considering a career in social services? Wondering what to expect from community support worker training?

Read on to meet the instructor, and get an inside look at Herzing's CSW program

Which Life Skills Will You Teach as a Community Services Worker?

Dec 11, 2018 3:11:46 PM

Updated October 2022

What exactly qualifies as "life skills"? For many of us, these are abilities we start learning as children and build on as we enter adulthood and become increasingly independent.

We're talking about things like landing a job, managing your finances, keeping yourself healthy, and building good social relationships. Aside from a few bumps here and there, we tend to develop these skills naturally, over time.

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