DSW 159: Abnormal Psychology/Dual Diagnosis DSWA 225: Basic Pharmacology 1
The purpose of this course is to provide students with information and skills, which will increase their effectiveness in supporting people with a dual diagnosis (a developmental disability and a mental health problem).
The course will review why people with developmental disabilities are vulnerable to mental illnesses; diagnostic issues; the biopsychosocial model of mental illness; six major types of mental illnesses and how they present in people with a developmental disability; how to prepare comprehensive information for a mental health consultation; diverse intervention modalities and how to provide comprehensive supports. There will also be a focus on how the mental health system operates and the systemic issues, which act as barriers to accessing services for people with a dual diagnosis. Register Now Contact
DSWA 253: Basic Pharmacology 2
This course presents an introductory overview of drug therapy and the role of the developmental services worker (DSW) 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 the integumentary, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular system's diseases and disorders will be examined in more detail. Register Now Contact
DSWA 104: Community Orientation
This course presents an overview of drug therapy and provides students with a basic working knowledge of specific medications for diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal, endocrine, respiratory and nervous systems. Students can supplement this knowledge throughout their professional lives. Register Now Contact
DSWA 125: Counselling Skills
This course introduces students to a wide variety of formal and informal community support services that work together to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Methods of researching and accessing services are addressed. It also introduces the competencies involved in successfully fulfilling the role of a DSW and encourages students to identify with and demonstrate professional ethics and behaviour. Strong emphasis will be placed on the development of the student's skills in working effectively within a group. Information gathered regarding community support services will also enhance the student's awareness of possible placement opportunities. Students will prepare for their field placement experiences. This course is a prerequisite for all field placements. Register Now Pre-requisites Contact
DSWA 122: Developing Interpersonal Skills
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. Register Now '>Pre-requisites Contact
DSWA 153: Educational Strategies
This course is designed to introduce students to the theories and concepts that apply to interpersonal communication. The aim is to enhance the development of effective interpersonal skills in formal and informal, and professional and non-professional situations. Register Now Contact
DSW 157: Health and Wellness 1
The aim of this course is to develop in students the skills and techniques to modify teaching activities and materials for students with developmental, physical and/or learning disabilities.
Strategies for effective adaptation of teaching plans and increasing student social skills will be presented throughout the course. The interactive roles of the developmental services worker and teachers in the Ontario educational system will be examined. Register Now Contact
DSW 251: Health and Wellness 2
The primary purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the developmental issues from puberty to adulthood, and the growth and behavioural patterns in the development of the physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of these life stages. Register Now Contact
DSW 114: Human Growth and Development
This course introduces students to specific body systems with special emphasis on 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. The course will also introduce students to physical management strategies and techniques related to life skills for those with physical exceptionalities. This will include techniques used for handling, feeding, and managing equipment.
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Christian Horizons Oshawa classes- King Street Church, 611 King Street West, Oshawa, ON
DSW 201: Human Sexuality
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. Register Now Contact
DSW 111: Intervention Techniques 1
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 also appreciate the interaction of the mind, the body and the spirit of the people they support in general health promotion and illness prevention.
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Mississauga Community Living
6695 Millcreek Dr - Unit 1
DSW 221: Intervention Techniques 2
What makes us behave as we do? How can behaviour be changed?
This course is a general introduction to the principles of behaviour management. It will provide an overview of theory, plus the major concepts related to positive behavioural approaches, including classical and operant conditioning. The key elements of the ABC model will be reviewed, in particular the use of reinforcement strategies to promote learning. There will also be an emphasis on the ethical utilization of behavioural techniques to enhance the probability that people with developmental handicaps will develop effective behaviours that are personally fulfilling, productive and socially acceptable. Register Now Contact
DSW 112: Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 1
This course builds upon the general principles of behaviour management techniques that were introduced in DSW 111 Intervention Techniques 1.
The emphasis will be upon 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 on supporting individuals to accomplish their goals, while assisting them to attain socially acceptable behaviours. Register Now Contact
DSW 158: Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 2
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. Register Now Contact
DSW 163: Professionalism in Developmental Services
This is a course, which explores ways of promoting the growth and empowerment of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and the development of inclusive communities. Register Now Contact
DSW 218: Sign Language and Augmentative Communication
The course will focus on core skills which define professionalism and lead to effective leadership within social service agencies which provide service to individuals who have disabilities. Personal integrity, emotional intelligence and the ability to prevent and resolve conflict are course highlights. Students will learn to advocate on behalf of those with developmental delay as well as to promote the profile and welfare of their own profession. Register Now Contact
DSW 101: Understanding Human Behaviour
This course is designed to introduce you to the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) and Augmentative Communication.
Students will learn ASL skills appropriate in a variety of settings and with the different functioning levels of people with developmental disabilities and/or physical limitations. Augmentative Communication options appropriate for people with developmental disabilities will be discussed in class and researched for an assignment. Students will learn how to design and implement visual tools within developmental services settings. Register Now Contact
Students will gain an understanding of the role of significant others and the community in the maintenance of emotional well-being and happiness as resiliency factors for persons with developmental delay. Rudimentary skills necessary for case management, group development, community assessment, and the teaching of the social skills for the acquisition and maintenance of community relationships will be emphasized. Register Now Contact