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If you possess emotional maturity, strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to community integration, the developmental services sector is looking for candidates like you.
The Developmental Services Worker (DSW) Apprenticeship program is available to all staff working in developmental services, agencies or other organizations such as school boards that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
The program consists of 22 courses that are offered in several locations including Toronto, Peel Region, Halton Region and Dufferin Region. Courses can be offered in a variety of timeframes such as one day per week, one evening per week, one week at a time, etc. The courses are delivered in a variety of formats as well, such as classroom, distance education via the Internet and video conferencing. The program must be completed within five years.
The pattern of courses, which the student and his or her agency choose, will affect how long it takes to complete the certificate.
This apprenticeship program is offered through the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU) and is an opportunity to work while receiving training. It is a combination of courses and on-the-job training.
Approximately 80 per cent of the registration fees for courses will be paid by MTCU.
This course examines the broad field of developmental disabilities from many perspectives. Topics covered include historical perspectives; changing attitudes to developmental disabilities; laws protecting people with intellectual disabilities; causes, prevention and emerging research; advocacy, growth, inclusion and empowerment of people with developmental disabilities; issues facing families with members who are intellectually disabled; and inclusive education.
This course will introduce the developmental process that occurs from fertilization to adolescence. The main focus will be on normal development, but some attention will be placed on variations from the norm in such areas as physical, developmental and/or learning disabilities. The cognitive, physical, social and emotional aspects of development will be addressed.
Students will adapt listening skills and emotional problem-solving techniques for individuals with developmental delay and their families. The goal of the course is to help students restore trust relationships and teach methods which assist individuals with developmental delay to understand and overcome current emotional challenges and past traumas.
This course introduces students to the relationship of health and wellness to the role of the developmental services worker. It introduces students to body systems and some of the disorders associated with each. Students will also appreciate the interaction of the mind, the body and the spirit of the people they support in general health promotion and illness prevention
This course builds on the general principles of behaviour management techniques that were introduced in DSW. 215 Intervention Techniques 1. The emphasis will be on the utilization of positive behavioural approaches, specifically with people who have developmental disabilities. There will be a focus on conducting functional assessments and developing programs which will enhance the quality of life of these individuals. There will also be a review of specific behavioural topics that are connected to developmental disabilities. Throughout the course, the emphasis will be placed on supporting individuals to accomplish their goals, while assisting them to attain socially acceptable behaviours.
This course presents an introductory overview of drug therapy and the role of the developmental services worker in the administration of medications. It will also provide students with a foundation of knowledge about medications that can be supplemented throughout their professional lives. Medications used for integumentary, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular system diseases and disorders will be examined in more detail.
allow you to help people who have disabilities live, work and participate in their communities
allow you to support people with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical challenges or other special needs
lead you to assist people in a variety of roles such as community support worker, educational/teaching assistant in a school, classroom assistant in a daycare centre, pre-school resource staff, counsellor in a seniors’ program, residential counsellor, day program counsellor with adults or seniors, and recreation integration worker.
Professional Accreditations & Recognition
Graduates receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship from Humber College. This certificate is recognized as qualifying individuals to work with people of all ages who have disabilities.
Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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