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Developmental Services Worker

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The Developmental Services Worker (DSW) diploma program's part-time stream prepares you for a meaningful career working with people of all ages who have special needs such as developmental disabilities, autism, physical disabilities, dual diagnosis, and multiple handicaps. The main goal of our DSW program is to support these individuals to be a part of our community. As a DSW student, you will learn many valuable skills that can be used to promote the development and maintenance of the physical health, mental health, and personal empowerment of individuals with special needs. A significant number of field placement hours are incorporated into the DSW program, providing students with opportunities for the real-life application of skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.
DSW graduates are employed by community agencies, school boards, and families in a variety of jobs: residential counsellor, educational assistant, adult day program counsellor, recreationist, seniors' support worker, and independent contract staff.
As a DSW, you will truly make a difference in the lives of other people!

The DSW Apprenticeship Option!
The DSW program now offers an apprenticeship option to students who are employed in developmental services. Apprenticeship provides students with the opportunity to continue working, while the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU) pays for approximately 80 per cent of their college course fees. Apprentices are required to learn skills on the job, while also completing their college courses. To be eligible for apprenticeship, students must be employed full or part time in developmental services, be 18 years of age, have a Canadian social insurance number, have completed Grade 12 or the equivalent, and have the approval of their employer.
Visit humber.ca/program/developmental-services-worker-apprenticeship for further information regarding our Developmental Services Worker Apprenticeship program.

For further information, contact Jo Anne Nugent at joanne.nugent@humber.ca or 416.675.6622 ext. 3257 or visit communityservices.humber.ca.


Refer to the individual course listings for information on the following courses.


Click on individual course numbers for course dates, times and locations. Note that F signifies fall offering; W signifies winter offering; and S signifies a spring/summer offering.


Semester 1

Compulsory Courses - 8 Required

Course Name

Course Code

FALL WINTER SPRING ONLINE/WEB
College Reading and Writing Skills COMM 200 FALL WINTER SPRING
Understanding Human Behaviour DSW. 101
Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 1 DSW. 102
Community Orientation DSW. 104 SPRING
Field Practice 1 DSW. 107 SPRING
Human Growth and Development DSW. 108 FALL
Developing Interpersonal Skills DSW. 202 WINTER SPRING
Intervention Techniques 1 DSW. 215 SPRING
Semester 2

Compulsory Courses - 8 Required

Course Name

Course Code

FALL WINTER SPRING ONLINE/WEB
Person-Centred Planning DSW. 105 SPRING
Educational Strategies DSW. 106
Responding to Abuse DSW. 109 WINTER
Field Practice 2 DSW. 200
Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 2 DSW. 204
Abnormal Psychology/Dual Diagnosis DSW. 205 WINTER SPRING
Health and Wellness 1 DSW. 208 FALL
Professionalism in Developmental Services DSW. 230 FALL
Semester 3

Compulsory Courses - 9 Required

Course Name

Course Code

FALL WINTER SPRING ONLINE/WEB
Workplace Writing Skills COMM 300 FALL WINTER SPRING
Community Building DSW. 185
Human Sexuality DSW. 201 WINTER SPRING
Basic Pharmacology 1 DSW. 207
Counselling Skills DSW. 303 FALL
Sign Language and Augmentative Communication DSW. 304 FALL
Intervention Techniques 2 DSW. 315 FALL WINTER SPRING
Autism and Other Complex Needs DSW. 316
An Introduction to Arts and Sciences HUMA 024 FALL WINTER SPRING
Semester 4

Compulsory Courses - 6 Required

Course Name

Course Code

FALL WINTER SPRING ONLINE/WEB
Basic Pharmacology 2 DSW. 301
Health and Wellness 2 DSW. 306 FALL WINTER
Integrative Seminar DSW. 405
Home and Community Practicum DSW. 406
Education/Employment Support Practicum DSW. 407
Life Skills/Seniors Practicum DSW. 408

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