Humber’s Developmental Services Worker (DSW) diploma program teaches you skills to effectively promote the physical, mental and emotional health of individuals with special needs.
Our faculty team consists of developmental services experts who are active in the field, and our small class sizes allow for individualized attention. Our curriculum is designed with input from developmental services field experts, ensuring courses are current and relevant.
Your studies begin by learning the stages of human development, the types of developmental disabilities and the range of available community support services for this population. Next, you’ll learn intervention techniques, person-centered planning, abnormal psychology/dual diagnosis, basic pharmacology, supporting people with autism, augmentative forms of communication and effective responses to people who have been abused. Finally, you’ll develop skills in building interpersonal relationships and counselling.
You’ll also build your expertise in our counselling labs which provide an ideal setting to develop abilities in working with individuals with limited verbal skills. Extensive work placements also give you valuable practical experience in communicating with clients in sign language, safely administering medications, creating effective behavioural programming, assisting individuals with physical disabilities and helping those with special needs to integrate into the community.
Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about this program.
Our program offers a rich diversity of innovative and traditional work practice/field placement opportunities. You’ll complete approximately 800 hours of field practice over three placements. Placements are in and around the Greater Toronto Area and can also be arranged in your community.
After consulting with you regarding your interests and preferences, the school will refer you to specific agencies for these unpaid work placements.
The DSW Apprenticeship Option!
Note: When registering for courses in the Developmental Services Worker diploma program, online courses are available for some classes, they are listed as section 909. In-class courses are listed as section 707 and off campus courses are listed as 303. If you have any questions about the registration process, please call 416.675.6622 ext. 3335. Off campus location are listed below
Brampton Caledon Community Living - 19 Rutherford Rd. S. Unit B, Brampton
Oshawa classes- King Street Church, 611 King Street West, Oshawa, ON
Mississauga classes- 6695 Millcreek Drive, Unit 1, Mississauga, L5N 5R8
Vita Community Services, Casa Abruzzo - 340 Falstaff Ave. Unit 103, Toronto (401 and Keele).