Social Services

The Social Services Diploma program provides entry-level training for working in the social services field and is available on a full-time or a part-time basis. The program includes the following


  • mental health
  • addictions
  • child and family development
  • group work
  • community development
  • conflict resolution
  • interpersonal communications
  • social welfare policy
  • social work skills and practice

Students may select elective courses from a wide-range of options in many different disciplines relevant to the human services field. Students will complete a community based practicum at the end of the program, which will help students to integrate and apply classroom learning and development.

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Vancouver Island University diploma. Completion of the program also earns credit towards VIU's Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care degrees.

Students may also complete courses towards the diploma at the Cowichan campus.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the diploma program will gain skills to prepare them for work in a broad range of social services positions, including supervisory/administrative roles and more specialized direct service roles with community agencies, private service providers, and some government services.

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In keeping with regional protocol, Vancouver Island University students, staff, faculty and administration would like to acknowledge and thank the Snuneymuxw First Nation, Tla’amin First Nation, Snaw-naw-as First Nation and the Cowichan Tribes for allowing students, staff, faculty and administration to teach, learn, live and share educational experiences on the traditional territories of these nations.

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