Humber’s Developmental Services Worker (DSW) – Accelerated diploma program teaches you skills to effectively promote the physical, mental and emotional health of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
You’ll be taught by developmental services experts who are active in the field, in classes with comparatively low student to teacher ratios. Our curriculum is designed with input from the developmental services field ensuring courses are current and relevant.
You’ll begin your studies by learning the stages of human development, the types of developmental disabilities and the range of available community support services for this population. Next, you’ll learn intervention techniques, person-centered planning, abnormal psychology/dual diagnosis, basic pharmacology, supporting people with autism and other complex needs, augmentative forms of communication, and effective responses to people who have been abused. Finally, you’ll develop skills in building interpersonal relationships and counselling.Courses Program Standards
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
We offer a wide range of innovative and traditional work-integrated learning opportunities. The field placement co-ordinator will consult with you regarding your interests and preferences in order to connect you to specific agencies. During fourth semester, you will complete a 400 hour internship. Fourth semester takes place from May through mid-August.
This program’s advisory committee is comprised of people with extensive experience in the developmental services work profession, representing a variety of settings where developmental services workers are employed. Many are also members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD).
Some of our community partners include:
A career as a developmental services worker will allow you to help people with disabilities live, work and participate in their communities. You will learn to support people with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical challenges or other special needs and can find work in a variety of roles including:
Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD)
Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) and its Developmental Services Special Interest Group (DSSIG).
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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Watch the video to find out more about the Developmental Services Worker program and how it prepares graduates for work in the Human Services sector.
CYC Faculty and Students Travel to South Africa
Thu, October 31, 2019
Professor, Dr. Bal, and students Zanubia and Sherene presented research at the National Association of Child Care Workers conference in South Africa.
ADMH Students Host Art Therapy Workshop
Fri, October 18, 2019
Students from the Addictions and Mental Health program participated in Mind Map, organized by the Canadian mental health charity Jack.Org.
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Faculty of Social & Community Services Events
Fall 2019 Open House
Sat, November 16, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
See the Open House schedule for the Faculty of Social & Community Services programs and plan your visit!
Faculty of Social & Community Services News
Powerful Pedagogy in Practice
Thu, October 24, 2019
Faculty and staff gathered on October 22nd for a fall conference organized by the FSCS Teaching and Learning Work Group (TLWG).
Wed, October 16, 2019
The FSCS will be offering three faculty-led programs abroad in May 2020. Students can accrue placement hours through participation.
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