Developmental Services Worker - Accelerated
Developmental Services Worker Header - Accelerated

Campus:
Thames Campus - Chatham (K824)

Program Length:
Two Year - Ontario College Diploma (delivered in less than 1 year)

Starts:
September

Contact:


Connie Marion
519-354-9714 ext. 3253
cmarion@stclaircollege.ca


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 Worker or Educational Support.

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



DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
HMN1112
2
Human Relations I
HMN1102
3
Health I
HMN1105
3
Issues in Personal Support
PRM2100
3
Theory & Practice of Pharmacology
HMN2106
3
Developmental Disabilities
HMN3107
3
Human Relations III
HMN3110G
3
Late Adulthood

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 2
HMN2202
2
Health II
HMN2105
3
Approaches to Personal Support
HMN2100
3
Human Relations II
HMN2108
3
Dual Diagnosis
HMN4105
2

Personal Support for People with
Complex Needs
HMN4100
2
Human Relations IV
HMN4103
2
Professionalism II
HMN1113
3
Life Skills

Semester 3
HMN4009
30
Field Placement