YWCA's Week Without Violence Oct. 11-17 a Reminder That Community Support Workers Remain in High Demand

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Addictions and community support worker programs available at UCW Academy of Health

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I believe successful community support workers are those who are empathic and who continue to educate themselves on new practices

The YWCA’s Week Without Violence kicks off today, acting as a sober reminder that domestic violence is still very much a reality and emphasizes the need for trained social workers throughout the world. Those interested becoming community support workers can enroll in the Addictions and Community Support Worker program at UCW Academy of Health.

Some 17,000 people across Canada are joining the 90 countries participating in Week Without Violence, which raises awareness of this social issue through special events and programming. Women, in particular, are marginalized by violence in the home and there are a number of community outreach programs available to help them find their way.

“There isn’t a certain ‘type’ of woman who would seek help from community support workers,” says Robin Emberly, Lower Mainland Addictions and Community Support Worker instructor. “I believe that any woman who needs help with transition from addiction, family violence, poverty, and homelessness may be in contact with community support workers. There are many different agencies who respond to women seeking help.”

UCW offers Social Services diploma programs (http://www.academyofhealth.ca/Diploma_Programs/Social_Services_Diplomas/Social_Services_Programs) to help accommodate the need for experts in this field. The Addictions and Community Support Worker program trains graduates to work with children, youth, and families; dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence and senior care. Students at UCW learn a variety of skills and benefit from guest speakers from the industry.

“I believe successful community support workers are those who are empathic and who continue to educate themselves on new practices,” says Emberly.

About UCW Academy of Health
UCW Academy of Health (http://www.academyofhealth.ca) provides accelerated market-driven career training programs to students seeking a skills-based education as an entry point into a competitive job market. UCW Academy of Health strives to be a center of excellence for health care related training where students master the tools, techniques and technologies used in their chosen career fields. Health services curriculum is developed based on recommendations and input from consultants, professionals and practitioners in the field to ensure that graduates develop the specific skill sets that the industry demands.

YWCA’s Week Without Violence runs Oct. 11-17, 2009. For more information on the awareness week visit http://www.weekwithoutviolence.ca/1-home.cfm

For more information:
Melissa Wood
Communications Manager
604.915.7288, ext. 2145

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