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Developmental Services Worker

Fanshawe College
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
London (Ontario, Canada)
English
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About this program

Developmental Services Worker

The Developmental Services Worker two-year diploma program prepares its graduates to support people with developmental disabilities so that these individuals may participate fully in their communities. DSW’s have the specialized knowledge and skills required to work with people with developmental disabilities across the life span. Inherent to the role of a DSW is an ability to collaborate and build relationships with people with developmental disabilities and their families and to work with colleagues and members of inter-professional teams to facilitate a seamless network of support for people. Courses focus on disabilities, person directed supports, inclusion and community resources, dual diagnosis, interpersonal skills, counselling, health, pharmacology, development, teaching and intervention strategies. Field placements in community agencies and/or schools are part of the curriculum.

Admission requirements

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Developmental Disabilities 2
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Reason & Writing 1 for Community Studies
  • Developmental Disabilities 1
  • Philosophy of Support
  • Health & Wellness 1
  • Person-Directed Plans
  • Professionalism 1

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1

  • Augmentative Communication
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Intervention Strategies 1
  • Communications for Community Studies
  • Abnormal Psychology/Dual Diagnosis
  • Health & Wellness 2
  • Professionalism 2

Group 2

Take the following mandatory course:

  • Pharmacology in DSW 3

Group 3

Take the following mandatory course:

  • Observations, Records & Accountability 2

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1

  • Intervention Strategies 2
  • Health & Wellness 3
  • Field Placement 1
  • Social Services 2
  • Professionalism 3 2

Group 2

Take the following mandatory course:

  • Abuse 2

Level 4

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • Health & Wellness 4
  • Community Building
  • Field Placement 2

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition

Canadian students

The tuition fee for Canadian students is 2,327.79 CAD, and the total fees are 3,131.17 CAD.

International students

The tuition fee for International students is 7,596.00 CAD, and the total fees are 9,005.36 CAD.

Please note fees are subject to change. Please visit Fanshawe’s website for the most up to date information.

Qualification

Diploma; University Transfer

Career paths

Graduates from this program will be employed within community-based agencies and boards of education to work with persons with developmental disabilities. Graduates are trained to provide accommodation, advocacy, education, employment and leisure support. As well, the graduates have training in life skills, counselling, advocacy, health and pharmacology.

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About this institute

Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada - approximately two hours from Niagara Falls, Toronto, or Detroit. There are 21,000 full-time students at Fanshawe, including 7,500 international students from more than 100 different countries. Fanshawe...


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Why study at Fanshawe College

London is a great location - a large city with a population of close to 500,000, so there is something for everyone. It is small enough to be more affordable than some of the larger cities and it is very student-friendly. Fanshawe College has a 90.3% percent Graduate Employment Rate, which is number one among Ontario colleges. There are also 60 co-op programs available, where students can "earn while they learn."

Contact info

Fanshawe College

1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard
N5Y 5R6 London Ontario
Canada

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fanshawec.ca/international

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