Community Support Worker

2 Academic Years | 55 Weeks | 1100 Total Hrs | 840 Hrs Theory | 260 Hrs Field Placement

Program Summary

Bay River College’s two-year Community Support Worker diploma program is designed for individuals seeking the knowledge and skills to enter the field of social services and draws upon the principles of sociology, psychology and other social sciences to counsel and assist individuals and their families in understanding and resolving personal and social conflicts.

Part of the program will focus on understanding multicultural backgrounds, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, family issues and substance abuse. From there, students learn how to create and maintain helpful relationships through effective communication and interactive skills. They will be equipped to assess individual, family, group or community needs; set goals and develop appropriate intervention methods; implement strategies to increase clients’ problem-solving abilities as well as identify and mobilize community resources relevant to client needs.

Community Support Worker Program at Bay River College


Community Support Worker diploma program students complete their education with 260 hours of practicum experience.


A community support worker giving advice to a young woman.

Graduates of the Community Support Worker diploma program find employment as counsellors and social workers in a variety of settings in the social work field, including mental health agencies, addiction treatment centers, youth facilities, drop-in centers and group homes.