Humber’s Developmental Services Worker (DSW) diploma program teaches you skills to effectively promote the physical, mental and emotional health of individuals with special needs.
Our faculty team consists of developmental services experts who are active in the field, and our small class sizes allow for individualized attention. Our curriculum is designed with input from developmental services field experts, ensuring courses are current and relevant.
Your studies begin 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.
You’ll also build your expertise in our counselling labs which provide an ideal setting to develop abilities in working with individuals with limited verbal skills.
The Developmental Services Worker program is also offered part time.Courses Program Standards Part Time Stream
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|DSW 101: Understanding Human Behaviour|
|DSW 111: Intervention Techniques 1|
|DSW 112: Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 1|
|DSW 113: Community Orientation|
|DSW 114: Human Growth and Development|
|DSW 140: Interpersonal Communication|
|DSW 153: Educational Strategies|
|WRIT 100: College Reading and Writing Skills|
|DSW 152: Person-Centred Planning|
|DSW 154: Responding to Abuse|
|DSW 157: Health and Wellness 1|
|DSW 158: Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 2|
|DSW 159: Abnormal Psychology/Dual Diagnosis|
|DSW 160: Field Placement|
|DSW 161: Field Placement Seminar|
|DSW 163: Professionalism in Developmental Services|
|DSW 201: Human Sexuality|
|DSW 217: Autism and Other Complex Needs|
|DSW 218: Sign Language and Augmentative Communication|
|DSW 219: Community Building|
|DSW 220: Basic Pharmacology 1|
|DSW 221: Intervention Techniques 2|
|DSW 224: Interpersonal Relationships and Problem Solving|
|GNED 101: An Introduction to Arts and Sciences|
|WRIT 200: Workplace Writing Skills|
|DSW 251: Health and Wellness 2|
|DSW 252: Home and Community Practicum|
|DSW 253: Basic Pharmacology 2|
|DSW 254: Life Skills/Seniors Practicum|
|DSW 256: Education and Employment Support Practicum|
|DSW 257: Integrative Seminar|
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Our program offers a rich diversity of innovative and traditional work practice/field placement opportunities. You’ll complete approximately 600 hours of field practice over three placements. Placements are in and around the Greater Toronto Area and can also be arranged in your community.
After consulting with you regarding your interests and preferences, the school will refer you to specific agencies for these unpaid work placements.
Field Placement runs for 15 weeks in Semester 2 of first year. Students are required to complete 168 hours in this time. Placements are two days per week. Work placements take place during fourth semester of second year. Students are required to complete 400 hours (over two placements) and attend placements four days per week for 15 weeks.
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Watch the video to hear what our graduates have to say about the Developmental Services Worker program and how the program prepared them for a rewarding career in the Human Services sector.
Your career will allow you to help people with disabilities live, work and participate in their communities. You will use your skills to support people with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical challenges or other special needs.
You can find work assisting people 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.