Human Service Diploma

Human Service is a multi-disciplinary field involved in providing support and assistance in partnership with individuals coping with economic disadvantage, mental health issues, developmental, gender and diversity issues as well as challenges such as addiction, family change and involvement with the justice system. Human Service Practitioners can work for government agencies or for profit and non-profit organizations providing services which help people navigate various systems and complexities of day to day living. The work is both challenging and rewarding.

Program Description

The Human Service Diploma is a two-year (four semester) program that prepares students for careers with government or non-profit agencies that provide support and assistance to individuals coping with economic disadvantage, mental health issues, developmental, gender and diversity issues, as well as challenges such as addiction, family change and involvement with the justice system.

At TRU Williams Lake, EACS is used as year one of the Human Service Diploma program, with students applying to the Education Assistant & Community Support Certificate and completing the credential first, before applying to year two of the Human Service Diploma.

Upon completion of the Human Service Diploma, students who wish to complete their education have the opportunity to ladder into Child and Youth Care or the Bachelor of Social Work degree programs.

Learning Options

Full-time and part-time study. Year two of the Human Service Diploma is offered on a full-time basis (5 courses per semester) over eight months. Part-time study is also available; most part-time students take 2-3 courses per semester over two years.

Courses within the Human Service Diploma are available online through TRU Open Learning. Please contact the TRU Williams Lake Academic Advisor for more details.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted until the program has reached capacity; there is no set application deadline.

After the program is full, completed applications will continue to be accepted and placed on a waitlist until the start of the program. Waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat on a first-applied, first-qualified basis should a seat in the program become available before the start of the program.

Admission Requirements

To apply for year one, please apply to the Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate.

Year Two Educational Requirements

Successful completion of the following:

  • Education Assistant and Community Support Certificate
  • Early Childhood Education Diploma
  • Social Services Certificate
  • Other related certificates considered on an individual basis
  • Minimum TRU GPA of 2.67 (B-) or equivalent from another college or university in an equivalent program of study
  • If an equivalent program of study was taken at a university or college other than TRU, an official trascript and a copy of certificate issued must be submitted

General Requirements

  • Citizenship: Applicants must be Canadian citizens or have Landed Immigrant Status
  • Two letters of reference

Courses

Please see the TRU Calendar for the most current information, including course prerequisites

Required Courses, Year 1

Fall semester (September - December)

  • ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing
  • HUMS 1540 Interpersonal Communications and Helping Relationships
  • HUMS 1560 Introduction to the Family in Human Service Practice
  • HUMS 1580 Introduction to Human Service Professional Practice
  • Arts elective

Winter Semester (January - April)

  • CYCA 2000 Introductions to Professional Foundations of Child and Youth Care
  • CYCA 2500 Special Topics: Substance Abuse
  • HUMS 1600 Field Work Education
  • HUMS 1770 Introduction to First Nations and Human Service Practice
  • Arts elective

Required Courses, Year 2

Fall Semester (September - December)

  • CMNS 2290 Professional Business and Technical Writing
  • HUMS 2060 An Introduction to Social Service Practice
  • HUMS 2220 Theoretical Foundations in Human Service Practice
  • HUMS 2530 Interpersonal Communication in Helping Relationships
  • HUMS 2600 Human Service Diploma Practicum

Winter Semester (January - April)

  • HUMS 2120 Introduction to Social Welfare in Canada
  • HUMS 2500 Special Topic: Child Youth Trauma
  • HUMS 3530 Guided Communications
  • HUMS 3570 Law and Social Services
  • Arts elective

*Courses may vary according to the availability of instructors

Contact the Admissions and Registration Office

250-392-8020

wlmain@tru.ca

 

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