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Developmental Services Worker

Developmental Services Worker

Developmental Services Worker

Developmental Services Worker

It is estimated that about one per cent of Canada’s population has a developmental disability, requiring support from people who are interested in making a difference in the lives of others through advocacy and education. Developmental service workers are fully committed to ensuring that people with developmental disabilities receive the support they need to lead fulfilling lives as active members of their communities.

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Program Description

A developmental service worker (DSW) supports people in all stages of life who have a developmental disability. They focus on helping people experience satisfying and rich quality of lives as active and valued members of their communities. DSWs have core values which focus on social justice, empowerment, dignity, self-worth, human relationships and integrity.

As a student in this program, you will learn how to develop and implement support plans that encourage the development of meaningful and relevant skills, self determination, full community participation and healthy lifestyles. You will also learn how to support families in which a member has a development disability. Finally you will learn the skills necessary to advocate with and for people with developmental disabilities.

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Admission Requirements

This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact recruitment@durhamcollege.ca or call 905.721.3126.

PRE-PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for the field placement component of this program you must (at your expense) provide:

  • A clear and current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS). If you cannot provide a clear CRC with VSS, you may not be accepted for placement by a field placement agency. CRCs with VSS must be obtained from your local police station
  • Current Level C CPR from a recognized provider
  • Current standard first aid certification from a recognized provider
  • Entry immunization form completed by a health-care provider
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Career Options

WHAT YOU COULD BE:

  • Developmental services worker
  • Self-employment

WHERE YOU COULD WORK:

  • Community support agencies
  • Educational facilities (elementary, secondary and post- secondary)
  • Vocational support programs
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Tuition$2,851$12,622
Compulsory Ancillary

$1,141

$1,541
Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$3,991$14,163

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by three field placements; a 98-hour placement in semester 2 and two 260-hour placements in semesters 3 and 4. These will provide the opportunity to integrate theory with practice in an institutional or community setting, under the supervision of an industry professional.

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Post-Admission Communications Assessment

To help prepare you for success in your program and in your future career, all students accepted into this program will complete an assessment to determine your reading comprehension and writing skills. For more information please visit the post-admission communications assessment website.

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PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: DSWK
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Health & Community Services (HCS)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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