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Explore our Community Services Worker Program with Instructor, Cindy Palmer

Jun 20, 2019 4:27:33 PM

Community Services Worker instructor, Cindy Palmer (centre, red dress) with her students at the Herzing College Toronto campus

There's steady demand for community services workers in the GTA right now. In fact, employment in this field has seen strong growth over the past decade, all across Ontario.

Community services workers (CSWs) support at-risk, vulnerable populations in many different kinds of settings. They work in the health care and social assistance sectors—at group homes, shelters, schools, and with community organizations.

Considering this career path? Have questions about training and job options?

Cindy Palmer is the perfect person to talk to. She teaches the Community Services Worker program at Herzing College, and has extensive experience in the social work field.

Becoming a Child/Youth Worker After CSW Training

Nov 30, 2018 4:10:57 PM

Updated December, 2020.

Working with disadvantaged and endangered children is truly a special calling. At-risk youth are one of the most vulnerable populations in our society.

Children facing trauma and crisis require skilled advocates—professionals who are trained to offer protection, support, and services that are specially designed to protect their safety, and create long-term solutions for health and wellbeing.

Interested in becoming a child and youth worker? Are you considering Community Services Worker (CSW) training to specialize in this branch of social services?

4 Popular Career Options After Community Services Worker Training

Jul 16, 2018 5:28:03 PM

A group of Community Services Worker students at Herzing College Ottawa

What will your life look like after community services worker (CSW) training? Where will you work, and who will you work with?

This is, obviously, a key question for anyone considering a career in community services.

Our goal in this post is to give you a clearer idea of your options and opportunities as a freshly graduated CSW.

Working at a Halfway House After Community Services Worker Training

May 28, 2018 3:24:30 PM

What happens to someone who has served time in prison, and gets released back into the community?

How do they find a job and a place to live? Who can they turn to for support, to get their life back on track, and start building a better future for themselves?

In many cases, ex-offenders find that support at a halfway house. Like the name suggests, a halfway house is a bridge between prison and the outside world—a place that is "halfway" between incarceration and the free community.

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.

What's Your Role as a Community Support Worker?

Mar 14, 2018 1:31:28 PM

Updated December, 2020.

Do you feel called to a career in social services? Want to make a real difference in your community, helping disadvantaged, at-risk individuals create happier, healthier lives?

Latest Stats & Facts on Addiction: What CSW Students Should Know

Nov 23, 2017 9:18:53 AM

Supporting at-risk individuals within our communities is complex, challenging work.  How do people end up in high-risk situations and environments? What factors combine to push some of us into extremely vulnerable and life-threatening circumstances? 

How Community Services Workers Handle a Crisis: 7 Key Steps

Sep 18, 2017 10:46:20 AM

Working with at-risk populations is central to community service work. CSWs are trained to support people dealing with serious life challenges, and guide them toward the most helpful programs and services—challenges which may include addictions, mental health disorders, cases of domestic violence, and other, high-stress situations that sometimes lead to acute crises.

Causes & Signs of Geriatric Depression: A CSW Training Guide

Jul 3, 2017 8:10:15 AM

Between 10% and 15% of Canadian seniors suffer from depression. And that number is expected to grow as our population of older people expands.

6 Core Values Taught in Community Services Worker Training

Apr 10, 2017 10:33:22 AM

In Canadian society, we place a very special trust in community services workers (CSWs) to protect and advocate for vulnerable individuals. We rely on CSWs to help make our neighborhoods more fair, safe, and productive.

But given how complex their work can be, there are times when CSWs are faced with very challenging situations, conflicts, and decisions—where the outcome will have a serious and lasting impact on the life of a client, family members, or the CSW herself.

To help build ethical decision-making skills, and understand their responsibilities to the public, CSW students learn the code of professional ethics and values set out by the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW).

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