FAQ

What is the Social Service Program all about?

Social Service is a three-year career program offered at Dawson College, the only such English language program in Quebec. This professional program prepares students to work in a variety of settings with individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities experiencing the impact of social problems.

What do Social Service Workers do?

Social Service workers fulfill a broad spectrum of positions helping individuals, groups, families and communities to find sustainable solutions to the social problems they face, through practices of relationship building, empowerment, advocacy and a focus on peoples’ strengths.

Where do Social Service Workers work?

In schools, group-homes, community centres, correctional facilities, youth centres, senior homes and services, Youth Protection, centres for people with disabilities, advocacy organizations and more.

Is a Social Service Worker the same as Social Worker?

No. To become a Social Worker anywhere in Canada, you must obtain a university level Bachelor of Social Work degree and belong to the Order of Social Workers. However, Social Service workers obtain a professional designation (Techniciens/Techniciennes en Travail Social or TTS) that permits them to take on tasks very similar to social work, and sometimes under the supervision of a social worker.

Can I go on to University afterwards?

Of course. Some universities may actually accredit some of your college education, while others recognize its value in their selection process. For further information you can contact our Academic Advisors.

Will I get exposure to the field of social service while I am studying?

Yes. In fact, Fieldwork is important component of the program. In each year of the program, you will be matched with an agency where you will work under supervision to explore various contexts of practice, to work with different clienteles and to discover your strengths as a worker. Your Fieldwork is supported through your Field Seminar courses.

What are my chances of finding employment upon graduation?

Very high. In fact, Services Canada shows Community and Social Service workers to be in high demand in Quebec where the job growth rate surpasses the average of most other professions. (See link to Service Canada).

Will my credentials be recognized outside of Quebec?

YES, most provinces that have similar educational career programs.

What are the qualities that are needed to be a Social Service Worker?

Empathic, understanding and patient, good listener, ethical, people-oriented, sensitive and kind. You must be interested in helping people to reach their potential and improve their lives.

How can I find out more about the program?

  • You can call or email the program coordinator to ask questions about the Social Service Program.
  • You can participate in our annual Student For a Day event where you will get a feel for the program and have the opportunity to ask questions.
  • You can attend Dawson College’s Open House event in the Fall where we can meet you and answer your questions. We also have students on-hand to tell you more about their experience.


Last Modified: October 16, 2020