Developmental Services Worker - Alternate Delivery (DSAD)
Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne
Build your skills to launch a rewarding career where you can make a difference in the lives of individuals who have special needs – without having to leave your home community.
The Developmental Services Worker – Alternate Delivery program is delivered as a combination of virtual video instruction, online courses, and field placement, a great option if you require flexibility in your College schedule.
You'll first learn about the stages of human development, the types of developmental disabilities, and the range of community supports. In the following semesters, you will learn intervention techniques, person-centered planning, abnormal psychology/dual diagnosis, basic pharmacology, how to support people with autism, augmentative forms of communication, and prevention of and effective responses to people who have been abused. You will also develop the relationship building and critical thinking skills required to assist people with intellectual disabilities in identifying problems and solutions.
In-class learning will be complemented by extensive hands-on experience gained through five block placements, beginning with a placement one day a week for nine weeks in semester and continuing with placements in semesters three and four.
You will come away from this program with many practical skills, including how to:
- Communicate with clients in sign language and picture symbols
- Safely administer medications
- Create effective plans to teach new skills and behaviours and how to reinforce and maintain effective skills and positive behaviours over time
- Assist individuals with physical disabilities
- Help those with special needs to integrate into the community
- Work with families
- 2 years – 4 semesters
- Complete all course work from your home community
- Placement in semester one plus five additional block placements – the largest number of block placements of any Ontario college
- Small classes taught by industry experts who are active in the field
- Get hands-on experience in counselling, report writing, developing programs for individuals with disabilities, crisis management, and more
- Opportunities for summer and/or part-time employment with local organizations
- Earn certifications in First Aid and CPR and Non-violent Crisis Intervention during the program
- Fast-track option may be available through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process and/or Advanced Standing if you have related work experience or a related diploma/degree
There will be a field placement in the first and third semesters concurrent with classes. The fourth semester is a full-time placement. First Aid and CPR certification is required prior to the first semester placement. An up-to-date medical is required in addition to hepatitis "A" and "B" immunization, TB test, and tetanus shot prior to placement in first semester. Note: Some placement sites may require an influenza shot. All of the above requirements must be maintained and current for the purpose of attending placements. Students with a positive criminal record check may be refused placement by agencies and school boards.
For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:
- Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
- Computer competency in relevant software
- Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
- Any biology (C), (U), or (M)
- A valid driver's license
- Volunteer work/co-op placement in a related area
- First Aid and CPR certification prior to entering the second year
- Non-violent Crisis Intervention prior to the end of second semester
- An up-to-date criminal record check is required prior to all field placements
- Agencies may not accept students with a positive Criminal Record Check
- Ability to participate in non-violent Crisis Intervention training
- Ability to assist individuals with developmental and other disabilities in all aspects of daily living as required, including lifting and transferring
Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018
Program of Study
|DSW 1024||Group Dynamics and Advocacy||2|
|DSW 1115||Positive Behavioral Supports I||3|
|DSW 1117||Disabilities Strategies I||3|
|DSW 1125||Understanding Disabilities||2|
|DSW 1025||Field Seminar||1|
|ENG 1002||College Communication||3|
|HSC 1136||Basic Nursing Skills||3|
|PSY 1135||Issues in Developmental Psychology||3|
|The following General Education course:||3|
|Introduction To Psychology I||3|
|DSW 1210||Community Employability Skills||3|
|DSW 1217||Disabilities Strategies II||3|
|DSW 1218||Positive Behavioral Supports II||3|
|DSW 1022||Field Work IIA||4|
|DSW 1230||Autism Spectrum Disorders||3|
|ENG 1242||Speaking/Writing Comm. Services I||3|
|HSC 1236||Basic Nursing Skills II||3|
|One of the following General Education courses:||3|
|Media and Current Events||3|
|DSW 1021||Pharmacology for Developmental Services Worker||2|
|DSW 1225||Crisis Management and Prevention||3|
|DSW 1023||Field Work IIB||4|
|DSW 2310||Dual Diagnosis Treatment Assess||3|
|DSW 2316||Adult Issues and Advocacy||3|
|DSW 2317||Disability and Communication Systems||3|
|DSW 2330||Observation and Recording||3|
|One of the following General Education courses:||3|
|Intro to Indigenous Studies||3|
|DSW 2405||Field Work III||7|
|DSW 2495||Field Work IV||8|
Developmental Service Worker graduates make a difference in the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. According to Statistics Canada, more than 60,000 Ontarians have a developmental disability. Skilled and caring developmental services workers help these people to live, work, and participate in their communities as valued citizens. Our graduates have a comprehensive understanding of developmental disabilities, knowledge of teaching and training strategies, skills in the area of behavioural interventions, and the desire to help others that help them build a rewarding career in this social services field.
DSW graduates support children and adults with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical challenges, or other special needs. This can lead to a range of positions, including:
- Community support worker
- Educational/teaching assistant in a school
- Classroom assistant in a daycare centre
- Counsellor in a seniors' program
- Residential counsellor
- Day program counsellor
University Degree Opportunities
Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education. Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.
Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)
The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $3,655.48. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.
Tuition Fee (International Students)
The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $13,614.00. for two semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.
Books & Supplies
The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $2,000 for first year. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.
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