Developmental Services Worker
Program Code: DSWP (Full-Time) Length of Program: One-Year (12 Months) Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma
Term 1 (September - December) DSW-1273 Dual Diagnosis DSW-1203 Developmental Disabilities and Aging DSW-1213 Health I – Health Maintenance DSW-1223 Professionalism I – Ethics and Professionalism DSW-1233 Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities COM-1013 Critical Thinking and Writing DSW-1253 Developmental Disabilities DSW-1263 Supporting People with Complex Needs HGD-1013 Human Growth and Development Term 2 (January - April) DSW-2053 Pharmacology DSW-2044 Teaching Strategies DSW-2013 Health II – Health and Wellness DSW-2023 Behaviour Management DSW-2033 Developing Skills of a Helping Professional DSWF-2034 Field Placement I Term 3 (May - August) DSW-3012 Person Centred Planning DSW-3023 Small Group Counselling DSWF-3035 Field Placement II SOC-3103 Sociology of Family Life GED-XXX3 General Education Elective

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The core values and beliefs behind the role of a developmental services worker include: service, social justice, empowerment, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. A commitment to these values guides the developmental services worker's behaviour in terms of his/her ethical responsibilities to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, colleagues, and to his/her own professional competence.

Developmental services workers use leadership qualities and creative problem solving to facilitate natural supports, generic services, self-reliant decision making, and personal control for individuals of all ages who have a range of developmental and/or physical disabilities or mental disorders and their families in various work and community environments. Graduates recognize that barriers exist for people with challenges and that they have a role in facilitating the removal of such barriers.

Graduates recognize the interaction of the mind, the body, and the spirit in general health promotion and provide information to individuals to facilitate the setting and reaching of personal health goals. Through rich experiential learning opportunities, graduates acquire skills and knowledge relating to specific health concerns in their work environment. In addition, graduates respond to health-related issues by applying their skills and knowledge from required program courses.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D or equivalent with:

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates pursue a wide range of opportunities including community support worker, job coach, in-home respite care, educational assistant, classroom assistant in a daycare centre, activation aide in a seniors’ program, teaching assistant, adult protective service worker and residential support worker.

Tuition Fees

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2021-2022 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

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