Development Services Worker
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time + Part-time
Work Integrated Learning: 3 Field Placements
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
The Developmental Services Worker program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to support people with developmental disabilities to participate in all aspects of life in their communities. Our program is anchored philosophically in person directed planning, and in promoting the development of natural supports and opportunities for inclusion.
Our program includes core/mandatory curriculum areas, general education, communication courses, and field placements. Core curriculum areas include intensive study in the following: supporting individuals and their families; accessibility, inclusion and participation; physical well being and administration of medication; skills of helping, as well as professional communication, values, ethics and principles.
Job placement has consistently been a strength of Georgian's program. The downsizing of institutions has led graduates to successful employment in community based agencies. In addition to growth trends in full-time contractual and self-employment, a variety of career opportunities exist including:
- supported independent living counsellors,
- specialized care providers,
- residential counsellors,
- job coaches,
- educational assistants,
- generic skills instructors,
- employment instructors,
- mediators, and
- life skills instructors.
Program Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- conduct oneself in an ethical, competent and accountable manner in all professional relationships;
- provide person-directed supports and services that respect and promote self determination for people with developmental disabilities;
- provide for the safety of people with developmental disabilities, self and others in compliance with all applicable legislation, regulations and standards or practice;
- support health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities;
- employ and adapt formal and informal strategies to support the learning of people with developmental disabilities;
- provide leadership in the development of inclusive communities;
- develop strategies and plans that lead to improved job performance and the maintenance of well-being;
- employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
- apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to realize social, environmental and/or financial rewards.
The Program Progression
- Sem 1: Fall 2017
- Sem 2: Winter 2018
- Sem 3: Fall 2018
- Sem 4: Winter 2019
A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/
OSSD or equivalent with
- Grade 12 English (C or U)
Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/
Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check
Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.
NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.
Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record, Standard First Aid and CPR level C or HCP certification before proceeding on field placement. It is recommended that First Aid training is completed prior to program entry. It is strongly recommended that students accepted into the DSW program have volunteer or past work experience in the field of developmental disabilities.
18 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
3 Field Placements
To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.
|DEVS 1007||Introduction to Developmental Disabilities|
|DEVS 1008||Active Living|
|DEVS 1009||Augmentative Communication|
|DEVS 1010||Teaching Strategies|
|DEVS 1011||Person Directed Planning|
|DEVS 1012||Body Systems and Disorders|
|DEVS 1013||Sexuality and Social Relationships|
|DEVS 1014||Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|DEVS 2001||Facilitative Techniques|
|DEVS 2015||Supportive Counselling|
|DEVS 2016||Dual Diagnosis|
|DEVS 2017||Developmental Services: Issues and Trends|
|DEVS 2018||Gerontology in Developmental Services|
|DEVS 2019||Behavioral and Family Supports|
|HLTH 2000||Health Skills|
|HLTH 2002||Medication Administration|
|HUMN 1012||Human Lifespan Development|
|Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.|
|General Education Courses|
|Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.|
|DEVS 1015||Field Placement: Educational Placement|
|DEVS 2020||Day/Community Placement|
|DEVS 2021||Residential Placement|
Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.