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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

Would You Make a Good Community Services Worker? Here's How to Find Out

Mar 1, 2019 3:01:57 PM

The latest career report from the Government of Canada Job Bank tells us demand is steady for Community Services Workers (CSWs) in Toronto. And it's expected to remain stable over the next 10 years.

We'll have a balance of job-seekers and employers, and fair amount of growth in terms of community services and programs on offer.

What does all this mean? Well, it's positive news for anyone who feels called to a career in social services. It means there are opportunities to truly make a difference in your local community, delivering specialized support to the people who need it most.

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

Dec 11, 2018 3:11:46 PM

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.

What is Intellectual Disability? 5 Facts for Students in Community Services Worker Training

Apr 30, 2018 1:34:49 PM

The Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) estimates there are approximately 686, 000 Canadians living with intellectual disabilities.

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