The Indigenous Social Work Diploma program prepares students for social work practice founded on Indigenous knowledge along with examination of Western concepts and approaches.
The Indigenous Social Work Diploma is a dynamic, culturally informed program that focuses on Indigenous Knowledge as a form of de-colonization and empowerment. Students are immersed in cultural teachings and discovery while learning the main pillars of social work practice. The program offers courses in Indigenous Language, Natural Helping systems, decolonization, and cultural practice. The cultural content is delivered by Yellowhead Tribal Elders/Knowledge Keepers, and students are mentored by both experienced Indigenous and non-Indigenous social workers during practicum hours. Non-social work courses are geared toward enhancing knowledge in the areas of First Nations history, language, culture, and governance.
*The Indigenous Social Work Diploma is in candidacy and going through accreditation with the Alberta College of Social Workers and has a 2-year transfer to many Post-Secondary Bachelor of Social Work Programs, including our own.
Because the Indigenous Social Work Diploma Program is cohort-based, we admit a group of students only once every two years. The next intake is for Fall 2021.
A second and final call for ISWD applications is open, with a closing date of July 15, 2021.
For further information on this program, please contact: