Humber’s Developmental Services Worker (DSW) – Accelerated diploma program teaches you skills to effectively promote the physical, mental and emotional health of individuals with special needs.
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 placement opportunities. The field placement co-ordinator will consult regarding your interests and preferences in order to connect you to specific agencies, many located in and around the Greater Toronto Area. During your fourth semester, you will complete 400 hours of work placement. Fourth semester takes place from May through mid-August.
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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.
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.
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:
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On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.