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Developmental Services Worker

Developmental Services Worker Ontario College Diploma

What is Developmental Services Worker?

The Developmental Services Worker program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to support people with developmental disabilities to participate in all aspects of life in their communities. Our program is anchored philosophically in persondirected planning, and in promoting the development of natural supports and opportunities for inclusion.

Our program includes core/mandatory curriculum areas, general education, communication courses, and field placements. Core curriculum areas include intensive study in the following: supporting individuals and their families; accessibility, inclusion and participation; physical well being and administration of medication; skills of helping, as well as professional communication, values, ethics and principles.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
DSWR
Length:
2 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
4 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Location:
Orillia
Start:

Fall - Orillia

Contact:
Debra Morrow
Email:
Debra.Morrow@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 3073

The Developmental Services Worker program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to support people with developmental disabilities to participate in all aspects of life in their communities. Our program is anchored philosophically in persondirected planning, and in promoting the development of natural supports and opportunities for inclusion.

Our program includes core/mandatory curriculum areas, general education, communication courses, and field placements. Core curriculum areas include intensive study in the following: supporting individuals and their families; accessibility, inclusion and participation; physical well being and administration of medication; skills of helping, as well as professional communication, values, ethics and principles.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • conduct oneself in an ethical, competent and accountable manner in all professional relationships


  • provide person-directed supports and services that respect and promote self-determination for people with developmental disabilities


  • provide for the safety of people with developmental disabilities, self and others in compliance with all applicable legislation, regulations and standards or practice


  • support health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities


  • employ and adapt formal and informal strategies to support the learning of people with developmental disabilities


  • provide leadership in the development of inclusive communities


  • develop strategies and plans that lead to improved job performance and the maintenance of well-being


  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession


  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to realize social, environmental and/or financial rewards.
Fall Intake - Orillia

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Human Service Foundation General Arts and Science*

- Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications

- Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

18 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

3 General Education Courses

3 Field Placements

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

DEVS1007 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
DEVS1008 Active Living
DEVS1009 Augmentative Communication
DEVS1010 Supports in Education
DEVS1011 Person Directed Planning
DEVS1012 Body Systems and Disorders
DEVS1013 Sexuality and Social Relationships
DEVS1014 Autism Spectrum Disorders
DEVS2001 Facilitative Techniques
DEVS2015 Supportive Counselling
DEVS2016 Dual Diagnosis
DEVS2017 Developmental Services: Issues and Trends
DEVS2018 Gerontology in Developmental Services
DEVS2019 Behavioral and Family Supports
HLTH2000 Health Skills
HLTH2001 Pharmacology
HLTH2002 Medication Administration
HUMN1012 Human Lifespan Development
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list
Field Placements
DEVS1015 Field Placement: Educational Placement
DEVS2020 Day/Community Placement
DEVS2021 Residential Placement

Applicants must have an up-to-date immunization record, Standard First Aid and CPR level C or HCP certification before proceeding on field placement. It is recommended that First Aid training is completed prior to program entry. It is strongly recommended that students accepted into the DSW program have volunteer or past work experience in the field of developmental disabilities.

View the Developmental Services Worker articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

DSW students in home enviornment setting

DSW students learn to assist individuals with cognitive and physical impairments develop independence in skills of daily living.

DSW students learn to assist individuals with cognitive and physical impairments develop independence in skills of daily living. Read more...

Megan Sergeant

Megan Sergeant

Program:

Developmental Services Worker

Year:

2015


I began my journey at Georgian College in the Developmental Services Worker program in September of 2013. The DSW program provided me with a lot of information, some that I didn't see as relevant until getting into the field. Read more...

Chiara Johnson - Faculty

Chiara Johnson

Chiara graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Georgian College at the beginning of her professional career. In addition to earning a second diploma from Georgian (Developmental Service Worker), she continued on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies and a Master of Arts in Developmental Disabilities. Read more...

DSW students in home enviornment setting

DSW students learn to assist individuals with cognitive and physical impairments develop independence in skills of daily living.

DSW students learn to assist individuals with cognitive and physical impairments develop independence in skills of daily living. Read more...

DSWs support individuals across the lifespan.

DSW students learn to support individuals across the lifespan.

DSW students learn to support individuals across the lifespan. Read more...

Georgian receives $500,000 grant for social entrepreneurship from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

With an investment of half a million dollars from the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Georgian has big plans to grow its social entrepreneurship programs. Since 2012, the Orillia Campus has delivered programs where students develop new ideas, approaches and ways of delivering services to the community. Read more...

DSW Bake Sale

Students raise funds for grad's clinic in Malawi, Africa

Developmental Services Worker students organized a bake sale recently to raise funds for a grad's school and clinic to support children with disabilities. Read more...

Student experience 1

DSW students facilitate active living

DSWs facilitate active living in individuals with developmental disabilities. Read more...

DSW Students Raising the Flag for Autism Awareness

DSW students raise the flag for autism awareness

DSWs advocate and promote community awareness regarding the field of developmental services. Read more...

Megan Sergeant

Megan Sergeant

Program:

Developmental Services Worker

Year:

2015


I began my journey at Georgian College in the Developmental Services Worker program in September of 2013. The DSW program provided me with a lot of information, some that I didn't see as relevant until getting into the field. Read more...

Michelle and her client, at work

Michelle Pietila

Residential group home staff

Program:

Developmental Services Worker

Year:

2015


Michelle Pietila was a single mother of three when she took a chance on a new future. She quit a full-time job to follow her passion and enter Georgian’s Developmental Services Worker program. Two years later she finished the program, and started her new full-time job the next day! Read more...

DSW Alumnus Nominated for 2015 Premier's Awards

Amanda Baysarowich

IBI Behavioural Services

Program:

Developmental Services Worker, Addictions: Treatment and Prevention


Amanda Baysarowich, one of six Georgian nominees for the 2015 Premier’s Awards, is a graduate of two Georgian programs – Developmental Services Worker and Addictions: Treatment and Prevention. Read more...

Portrait of smiling alumnus Mike Pegg

Mike Pegg

Group Product Marketing Manager, Google

Program:

Developmental Services Worker

Year:

1997


Mike was the first non-engineer to be hired at Google’s Waterloo office, eventually moving to California where he manages Google Maps and Developer Marketing teams, as well as Google I/O, the company's largest technology event accessible to people around the world. Read more...

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Debra Morrow
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 3073

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