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Four semesters, beginning in September
The Humber Developmental Services Worker diploma program teaches students the skills to effectively promote the physical, mental and emotional health of individuals with special needs, leading to a rewarding and fulfilling career.
You are taught in small classes by industry experts who are active in the field. The curriculum is designed with industry input, ensuring courses are current and relevant. Begin with learning on the stages of human development, the types of developmental disabilities and the range of available community support services for this population. Next, learn intervention techniques, person-centered planning, abnormal psychology/dual diagnosis, basic pharmacology, supporting people with the autism, augmentative forms of communication, and effective responses to people who have been abused. Finally, develop skills in building interpersonal relationships and counselling.
You will acquire a host of practical skills, including:
Build your expertise in our counselling labs, which provide an ideal setting to develop abilities in working with individuals with limited verbal skills. Work placements also give you valuable experience.
Note: Optional information sessions may be held throughout the year for applicants who wish to learn more about this program. For dates, call 416.675.6622 ext. 3484.
Make a lasting difference in the lives of those with special needs and their families as a developmental services worker.
According to Statistics Canada, more than 60,000 Ontarians have a developmental disability. As a skilled and caring developmental services workers, you can help these people live, work and participate in their communities. Your deep understanding of developmental disabilities, skills in behavioural interventions and desire to help others will help you build a rewarding career in this social services field.
Graduates support people with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical challenges or other special needs. This can lead to a range of positions, including:
The Humber Developmental Services Worker program offers a rich diversity of innovative and traditional work practice/placement opportunities. Students complete an average of 800 hours of field practice in three placements. Placements are in and around the Greater Toronto Area and can also be arranged in the student’s community.
After consulting with students regarding their interests and preferences, the school refers students to specific agencies for these unpaid work placements.
The first three-week placement takes place in the fall semester of year one. The second three-week placement occurs in the winter semester of year one. The third placement takes place during the winter semester of year two, for four days per week for 14 weeks.
This program has partnerships with an extensive list of agencies that have contributed input on the curriculum and provided placement and/or employment opportunities for students/graduates.
These partners include the following: Addus; Bloorview MacMillan Centre; Brampton Caledon Community Living; Central West Specialized Developmental Services; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Christian Horizons; Community Living Burlington; Community Living Dufferin; Community Living Mississauga; Community Living Oakville; Community Living Toronto; Day Centres and Visiting Services for Seniors in Etobicoke; Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board; E.C. Drury School; Haney Centre; Harmony Place Support Services; Kerry’s Place; L’Arche; Mary Centre; META Centre; Montage Support Services; Muki Baum Treatment Centre; New Visions; Options; Peel and Halton Acquired Brain Injury Services; Peel District School Board; Reena; Rumball Centre for the Deaf; Safehaven Project for Community Living; The Salvation Army Broadview Village; Storefront Humber; Surex Community Services; Toronto Catholic District School Board; Toronto District School Board; Vita Community Living Services; and York South Association for Community Living.
This program’s Advisory Committee is comprised of people with extensive experience in the developmental services work profession, representing a variety of settings where developmental services workers are employed. Many are also members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD).
Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For detailed information, visit our website at humber.ca/transferguide.
This diploma is the one most frequently recognized by employers as qualifying individuals to work with people of all ages who have disabilities such as autism, intellectual handicaps, physical disabilities and dual diagnosis. Graduates may apply to become members of the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD), visit oadd.org, and its Developmental Services Special Interest Group (DSSIG).
Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.
Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
Note: These additional requirements are not Developmental Services Worker program admission requirements. However, they will be required when applying to prospective placements during the program.
The following requirements must be completed before field placement can begin:
The 2013/2014 fee for two semesters is
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2013/2014 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.
$800 – textbooks (over four semesters); costs vary for transportation for field placement, field trips, and crisis intervention training.
Humber also offers the Developmental Services Worker – Accelerated postgraduate diploma program 10401 and the Developmental Services Worker Apprenticeship program.
Note: The learning outcomes of the Humber Educational Assistant Certificate program have been incorporated into the Development Services Worker program in recognition of the increasing role developmental service workers play in promoting learning, not only as educational assistants but also as community agency and family workers.
The Developmental Services Worker program also offers this curriculum as continuing education courses in the evening.
|Course Code||Course Name|
|DSW 100||Understanding Human Behaviour|
|DSW 101||Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 1|
|DSW 103||Field Practice 1|
|DSW 104||Human Growth and Development|
|DSW 105||Developing Interpersonal Skills|
|DSW 106||Intervention Techniques 1|
|DSW 107||Community Orientation|
|WRIT 100||College Reading and Writing Skills|
|Course Code||Course Name|
|DSW 152||Person-Centred Planning|
|DSW 153||Educational Strategies|
|DSW 154||Responding to Abuse|
|DSW 156||Field Practice 2|
|DSW 157||Health and Wellness 1|
|DSW 158||Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 2|
|DSW 159||Abnormal Psychology/Dual Diagnosis|
|DSW 163||Professionalism in Developmental Services|
|Course Code||Course Name|
|DSW 201||Community Building|
|DSW 202||Counselling Skills|
|DSW 203||Sign Language and Augmentative Communication|
|DSW 204||Autism and Other Complex Needs|
|DSW 205||Basic Pharmacology 1|
|DSW 206||Human Sexuality|
|DSW 213||Intervention Techniques 2|
|GNED 101||An Introduction to Arts and Science|
|WRIT 200||Workplace Writing Skills|
|Course Code||Course Name|
|DSW 251||Health and Wellness 2|
|DSW 252||Home/Community Practicum|
|DSW 253||Basic Pharmacology 2|
|DSW 254||Life Skills/Seniors Practicum|
|DSW 255||Integrative Seminar|
|DSW 256||Education/Employment Support Practicum|
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