Ever thought of having a career as a settlement worker? If so, we at Columbia College Calgary can help. Settlement workers are professionals who assist newcomers like immigrants or refugees to settle in a new area. Since these newcomers are unaware of their rights and responsibilities, these professionals help them understand better. They meet their clients, assess their needs, and explore the kind of support they require. These professionals also help clients with their plans for education, employment, housing, healthcare, and more such similar requirements. Also called a settlement counselor or a community service worker, these professionals work with government agencies, school boards, and other community organizations. Their basic duties range from providing information about the citizenship and sponsorship process, helping clients identify their needs to assisting them in fulfilling these needs through referrals or advocacy.
Interested in serving the community? Our human services professional diploma program can help you fulfill this goal.
People aspiring to serve the community may do so in a variety of ways including becoming a social work assistant, community support worker, settlement worker, education assistant, respite specialist worker, and more. Developing a career in these fields require substantial knowledge about human rights, human behavior, and other aspects impacting people. Since serving the community is about dealing with people, their issues, and helping them lead a quality life, a certain level of knowledge and skills is necessary.
Human services profession is a broadly defined one. The field aims at improving the quality of life by serving humanity. These professionals are responsible for meeting people’s mental, social, and emotional needs and provide physical assistance to help them lead a better life. This is done by executing methods for prevention as well as remediation of problems. To serve in the best manner, human services professionals are required to have knowledge of cultural, political, and economic structures and their effect on human behavior. They help assist individuals, families, and communities to lead a quality life.
The Human Services Professional program had the pleasure of watching a presentation put on by the Schizophrenia Association of Alberta. Their play, called Starry, Starry Night tells a story about a man who is diagnosed with Schizophrenia.
The play was written by people who either have Schizophrenia or have a loved one who has it.
The play was presented during the Connecting to Communities course which is part of the Human Services Professional program. The course is designed to develop an understanding between families, community agencies, and support services professionals and how “the family” and its members impact the contiguous community and locate support and assistance when dealing with their specific familial issues.
Felicity Foster is the Program Chair of the Human Services Professional Department. She talks here about a guide book she helped work on for Autism Calgary (autismcalgary.com) and the Human Services Field.