Developmental Services Worker - Accelerated
Developmental Services Worker Header - Accelerated
  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma (delivered in less than 1 year)
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
A University Degree in Humanities or Social Science with at least one course in Introductory Psychology and Developmental Psychology or a Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Child and Youth Care, Educational Support, or Liberal Arts.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
This post-graduate program provides individuals with an opportunity to complete the Developmental Services Worker diploma program in an intensive ten month period. This additional background allows for a combination of skills important in the DSW field. Developmental Services Worker graduates specialize in supporting children, adults and seniors with developmental and intellectual disabilities in all aspects of life in their communities. Courses focus on interpersonal and counseling skills, teaching life skills, community involvement, positive behavioural supports, mental health intervention and pharmacology.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Experienced full time faculty with experience from the field
  • One field placement experience at the end of the program
  • An effort made to match students to their home community where possible
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Typical entry level positions include:
  • Developmental support professional with community agencies
  • Educational assistant in schools
  • Family support worker
  • Recreational Assistant
Graduates enjoy excellent employment prospects including entrepreneurial opportunities. Students often find part time work prior to graduation

FIELD PLACEMENT
Employers who provide our field placement settings require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense. If you are unable to obtain this police clearance you jeopardize the opportunity to complete either of your field placements.

Prior to entering the program, you must have your CPR and Standard First Aid Certification.

Due to the 24 hour nature of this field, students may be required to perform placement duties on off hours; this may include evenings.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Accepted applicants must supply proof of a satisfactory medical examination and immunization during the second semester of the program. Please be advised that lack of documented immunizations may result in the restriction of field placement and therefore, may delay or prevent completion of the program.

TRANSFER AGREEMENT
Graduates are also eligible to participate in a Transfer Agreement between the DSW, CYW or the ECE program.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2016-2017 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
HMN1118
3
Professionalism I
HMN1114
4
Health
HMN1116
2
Philosophy of Support
PRM1121
3
Developmental Disabilities I
HMN3002
4
Teaching Strategies
HMN300
1
Safe Management Training
HMN3009
2
Social Services
HMN3117
3
Wellbeing II

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 2
HMN2004
2
Health Lab
HMN2121
3
Developmental Disabilities II
HMN2010
3
Person Centred Approaches
HMN2007
3
Intervention Strategies
HMN2110
3
Professionalism II
HMN2009
3
Community Building
HMN400
3
Responding to Abuse
HMN200
1
Placement Orientation
PRM2100
3
Theory and Practice of Pharmacology
HMN4007
3
Dual Diagnosis

Semester 3
HMN4010
21
Field Placement II
HMN401
1
Entrepreneurial Skills for the DSW