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.
Tue, June 18, 2019
Students from the Community Development Degree program hosted a learning event in Humber's L-Space Gallery for Community Justice students.
Working closely with the gallery's curator, Danica Evering, and faculty members, Dr. Soheila Pashang and Linda Hill, CD students created interactive activities that supported CJ students in exploring issues of race, culture and migration. The partnership offered leadership and project management opportunities for CD students and experiential learning for CJ students through social justice art.
Community Development Degree Students Take the Plunge
Tue, June 18, 2019
On a cold, blustery day in February, Community Development Degree students jumped into Lake Ontario to raise funds for the Special Olympics.
Students helped to plan the Polar Plunge alongside Constable Ryan Park from the Toronto Police Services. This partnership enabled students to apply community engagement skills in building numbers and excitement around the event. Just over $33,000 was raised!
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Fall 2019 Open House
Sat, November 16, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Come to Open House and get a solid understanding of what it's really like to be a Humber student.
Visiting the campus is one of the best ways to make a decision about college, so join us and speak to faculty and current students, see the labs and take a tour!
General Sessions & Campus Tours
The journey to college brings many questions about your future career, but what about residence, athletics, transfer options or financial assistance? General sessions are designed to help answer these questions and many more. Find the General Sessions related to your campus and come take a tour with us.
School Program Sessions, Tours and Information Booths
Don't just imagine where you'll be studying at Humber, come see for yourself. Program sessions and lab tours offer a better understanding of the learning environment. Staff will provide detailed information about your program, the scope of the industry today and where your education could take you. Feel free to ask questions about your program, curriculum, career and placement opportunities.
Thu, August 22, 2019 | 10:00 AM
You are about to join one of the most amazing colleges in Canada. Learn about your Orientation Experience.
FSCS Students and Faculty travel to Lima, Peru and Kingston, Jamaica
Wed, June 19, 2019
Combined, FSCS students accrued more than 7,000 hours of placement credit.
Under the leadership of Linda Hill and Philip Burge in collaboration with Cross-Cultural Solutions, 19 students from a variety of FSCS programs worked with young children at a primary school in a small community outside of Lima. Students spent their mornings facilitating educational lessons and activities with the children, and in the afternoons, took part in learning experiences that focused on Peruvian history and culture such as cooking lessons, art and calligraphy lessons, and visiting local sites and museums.
Later in the month, 16 FSCS students embarked to Kingston, Jamaica where they engaged in lectures, volunteer projects, and cultural learning experiences that focused on criminal justice and youth in Jamaica. This trip was developed under the leadership of Sheria Myrie, Lisa Cummings, and Coura Niang in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of West Indies – Mona. Highlights from the trip included visiting the Jamaica Defense Force Base, the Ministry of National Security, and volunteering at Annie Dawson’s Children Home, Boys’ Town Infant and Primary School, and with the We Transform project at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre.
FSCS Global Summer School
Tue, June 18, 2019
From July 5 to July 27, Humber College will hosted its first Global Summer School (GSS).
The GSS offers a unique opportunity for both Humber and non-Humber students to work together with peers from around the world to explore and discuss critical issues that require multidisciplinary solutions with global perspectives. The FSCS was thrilled to host two Global Summer School courses: Transformational Leadership & Advocacy and the Summer Police Program. Through the two courses, 28 Humber students and 21 non-Humber students from China, Indonesia and Jamaica completed the program for academic credit and experiential learning experience in a truly global and interdisciplinary environment.
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