You are a caring and empathetic person who wants a career where you will provide many types of assistance to people and their families in the community. You want to work with persons with developmental disabilities and work toward making their lives enriching and exciting.
Graduates work in a wide range of social service settings, such as community agencies, seniors’ centres, hospitals, non-profit organizations, outreach homes, educational environments, recreational centres, and in respite care settings, among other places.
There has been a consistent need for developmental service workers to assist people of different ages in these diverse environments.
Enrolment Criteria: Proof of high school completion (OSSD, GED, or provincial equivalent), or successful completion of a Mature Student Test.
Special Aptitudes: Mature; caring and empathetic; excellent communication skills; desire to help others; eagerness to learn.
Program Outcomes: Graduates receive a post-secondary diploma in the Developmental Service Worker program.
} Academic and Professional Success Strategies & AODA and OH&S Training
} Introduction to Computer Technology, MS Outlook, & GAFE
} Basic Psychology
} Introducing Developmental Service Work
} The Developing Person
} Effective Business Writing Strategies
} Intervention Methods
} Pharmacology and Assisting with Medications
} Crisis Prevention Intervention - CPI
} Human Sexuality and Health Promotion
} Mental Health First Aid
} Developmental Disabilities
} Human Services Resources and Networking
} Case Record Management
} Special Populations with Developmental Disabilities
} Developmental Service Worker Focus: Examining Autism and FASD
} Communication Strategies for the DSW
} Interpersonal Workplace Skills and Workplace Environments
} Health and Wellness in Developmental Service Work
} Career Launching and Portfolio Planning
} Community Placement
} Facility Placement
Interprofessional Collaboration for Health Providers