Aboriginal Child And Family Services Diploma

This course of studies provides an opportunity for individuals who are seeking professional development or who are planning for future employment in the Child and Family Services field: CFS Worker, Youth Care Worker, NADAP Worker, Social Services Support Worker, Probation or Correctional Worker. Specifically, the Diploma will build your knowledge base in the area of Aboriginal Child and Family Services work.

The Diploma was created through a partnership with representation from First Nation Child & Family Service agencies, Metis Family Child and Family Services, the Child Protection and Support Branch, Manitoba Family Services and Housing, The University of Manitoba and Aboriginal Focus Programs.

The Diploma is a direct response to the recommendations on Child Welfare made by the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and the various baby death injuries. The Diploma is delivered off-campus and is offered on a part-time or full-time basis. Arrangements can be made to offer the Diploma in your community or region.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the Aboriginal Child and Family Services Diploma is based on a selection process:

  • You are employed or plan future employment in the Child and Family Services field
  • An assessment is made from the information on your application
  • You meet the University of Manitoba admission requirements as a regular or mature student

The following documents should accompany your application:

  • If applicable, a Letter of Support from your employer must accompany your application
  • A letter from your sponsor that confirms their sponsorship and funding for the duration of the program (tuition and/or books) must accompany your application
  • An admission fee made payable to The University of Manitoba (cheque or money order) must accompany your application, along with the required documentation. (e.g., official transcripts, notarized proof of age)

Courses

Required Courses

  • ARTS 1110 – Introduction to University
  • ENGL 0930 – English Composition
  • SWRK 2050 – Community & Organizational Theory
  • SWRK 2080 – Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • SWRK 4050 – Case Documentation in Child Welfare
  • SWRK 4070 – Topics Course: Addictions
  • SWRK 4070 – Topics Course: Critical Intervention in Social Work Practice
  • SWRK 4080 –Orientation to Child Welfare
  • SWRK 4220 – Aboriginal People & Social Work
  • FMLY 1010 – Human Development in the Family
  • FMLY 1000 – Families in Contemporary Canadian Society
  • FMLY 2600 – Foundations of Childhood Developmental Health
  • FMLY 3470 – Children in Alternate Forms of Care
  • FMLY 4470 – Family Dynamics & Human Development
  • FMLY 4602 – Family Relationships, Health & Well-being
  • FMLY 3750 – Fundamentals of Health Promotion

Examples of Electives

  • SWRK 1310 – Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
  • SWRK 2090 – Human Behaviour and Social Work Practice
  • SWRK 3140 – Introduction to Social Work Practice
  • SOC 2290 – Introduction to Research Methods
  • FMLY 3190 – Working with Children & Adolescents
  • FMLY 3200 – Loss & Grieving in Aboriginal Families & Communities
  • NATV 2020 – The Metis of Canada
  • NATV 3320 – Aboriginal Organizations
  • NATV 1200 – The Native Peoples of Canada
  • NATV 2100 – Aboriginal Spirituality

Course Descrisptions

ARTS 1110 – Introduction to University
A seminar course designed to help students make the transition to university by imparting knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for
success in university study.

ENGL 0930 – English Composition
Designed to help students write better essays. Course focuses on effective expression; sentence, paragraph, and essay construction; and the writing process.

SWRK 2050 – Community & Organizational Theory
Deals with concepts such as conflict and power. These are applied to the dynamics within and between communities and organizations.

SWRK 2080 – Interpersonal Communication Skills
A basic core of interpersonal skills for communicating effectively and for establishing and maintaining relationships in on-to-one and group situations.

SWRK 4050 – Case Documentation in Child Welfare
This course introduces students to the purpose of case documentation and helps students to become familiar with case recording requirements within the current Aboriginal context of Child and Family Services in Manitoba.

SWRK 4070 – Topics Course: Addictions
The major focus of this course is around increasing students’ knowledge base and foundation skills in the area of counselling in the addictions field. A holistic approach is utilized.

SWRK 4070 – Topics Course: Critical Intervention in Social Work Practice
The course will help students work with clients who are dealing with crisis, suicide, or sexual abuse related issues.

SWRK 4080 –Orientation to Child Welfare
This course aims to provide students with an overview of the child welfare system in Manitoba, and an introduction to theory and skills necessary for assessment, intervention approaches and evaluation techniques when working with families and communities.

SWRK 4220 – Aboriginal People & Social Work
An analysis of social work practice and welfare policy from an Aboriginal perspective.

FMLY 1010 – Human Development in the Family
This course is an introductory survey of key aspects of human development processes within the family context from a life span perspective.

FMLY 1000 – Families in Contemporary Canadian Society
This course provides an introduction to issues in contemporary families from an interdisciplinary perspective. Changing and diverse family forms and experiences are reviewed.

FMLY 2600 – Foundations of Childhood Developmental Health
This course examines implications of theory and research in child development for promoting developmental health.

FMLY 3470 – Children in Alternate Forms of Care
The course will examine caregiving environments for the Aboriginal children outside the traditional nuclear family.

FMLY 4470 – Family Dynamics & Human Development
Building upon the theories of family dynamics, this course explores a variety of techniques to work effectively with families in a variety of helping roles.

FMLY 4602 – Family Relationships, Health & Well-being
This course provides an in-depth survey of the interaction between family relationship dynamics, health and well-being across the life course period.

FMLY 3750 – Fundamentals of Health Promotion

New required course. No course description available at this time.

Program and Course Descriptions (PDF)

Contact Information

Aboriginal Focus Programs
Room 221 – 114 Sidney Smith Street, Migizii Agamik
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB. Canada R3T 2N2

Phone: 204-474-8000
Toll free in Manitoba: 1-00-432-1960 ext. 8000
Fax: 204-275-6489