• Developmental Services Worker (DSW) Apprentice Program - 2019/2020

    With the Developmental Services Worker (DSW) Apprenticeship, you continue to be employed while going to school part-time. You can have a positive and direct impact on the lives of people with developmental disabilities and personal and professional satisfaction. Fanshawe's Developmental Services Worker (DSW) Apprenticeship program will guide you toward your goals while you work.

    Using a biopsychosocial approach to complex needs, you'll become a highly skilled and reflective practitioner supporting people of all ages to live as independently as possible, while promoting inclusive communities. Your courses will be dynamic with a focus on mental and physical health, interpersonal skills, teaching and positive behaviour supports. You'll learn how to collaborate and build relationships with family members, and to work with the diverse network of professionals who support people with developmental disabilities.

    For more information, see the DSW Program Apprenticeship toolkit.

  • Courses

    Developmental Services Worker Apprentice-2019/2020

    Level 1
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-1155Health & Wellness 13
    This course introduces the student to the promotion of the health and well-being of people with a developmental disability through the study of healthy body systems, and basic health care promotion skills. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the DSW as a member of an inter-professional health care team.
    BSCI-1109Person-Directed Plans3
    This course examines the elements of person-directed planning, including the theories, values, legislation, processes, practices and tools that are used as a means of supporting people who have developmental disabilities. A variety of current person-directed planning tools will be discussed, applied, and evaluated, and comparisons will be made between person-directed planning approaches and other individual planning approaches. Students will synthesize and apply their knowledge of person-directed planning to support and empower people with disabilities to develop and achieve their dreams and goals, and to become valued citizens in their communities.
    PHIL-1017Philosophy of Support2
    This course assists students in developing a personal philosophy of support by examining their personal and professional values within the context of labelling theory, advocacy, empowerment, stereotypes, diversity, inclusion and boundaries.
    DEVL-1056Professionalism 12
    This course introduces Developmental Services Worker students to values, principles and skills essential to understanding their role as a Direct Support Professional. The student will be able to describe the professional values and ethics of the Developmental Services Worker profession and its application to the field. Students will also be introduced to the importance of evidence-based practice. Students will apply the principles and standards as they learn the process of developing their own personal and professional goals in the field of developmental services.
    BSCI-1222Developmental Disabilities 13
    This course provides a working knowledge of service systems for people with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario including history and its impact on current services. This course also examines marginalization and its impact on the provision of support.
    BSCI-1007Abnormal Psychology/Dual Diagnosis3
    This course provides the Developmental Services Worker student with a working knowledge of mental health disorders focusing on the symptomatology and interventions within the context of dual diagnosis. Students will be able to describe the etiology and classification of mental health disorders and dual diagnosis as well as the factors affecting the prevalence and predisposition of dual diagnosis. Students will be able to describe the bio-psychosocial model and strategies for supporting people with a dual diagnosis.
    BSCI-3042Developmental Disabilities 23
    This course describes the etiology and characteristics of various developmental disabilities and syndromes including the implications for support. Students will learn about causes of common disabilities and methods of prenatal assessment and screening.

    Level 2
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    HLTH-1156Health & Wellness 23
    This course continues the study of the health and well-being of people with a developmental disability through the study of common health conditions and diseases associated with developmental disabilities and basic health care skills. Course content will be integrated with the role of the DSW as a member of an inter-professional health care team.
    BSCI-1217Social Services2
    This course will describe how to access appropriate supports for people with developmental disabilities in Ontario. Pertinent legislation and how social services are delivered including how to access services will be examined.
    BSCI-1218Intervention Strategies 12
    To provide the student with a body of knowledge of current intervention strategies applied in the support and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities.
    BSCI-1179Teaching Strategies4
    This course will examine the theories, principles, and applications of learning and teaching as a means of supporting people who have diverse abilities. Students will develop a variety of teaching plans to facilitate learning in home, education, community, recreational and employment settings.


    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE B)
    PHRM-3022Pharmacology3
    This course provides the student with a basic theoretical knowledge about common prescription and non-prescription medications prescribed for persons with a developmental disability. Focus will be placed on the roles and responsibilities of a DSW as a member of an inter-professional health care team.


    Group 3
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSES:
    (MINIMUM GRADE C)
    BSCI-1263Observations, Records & Accountability2
    This course provides the student with techniques for gathering formal and informal information, data collection, and making and recording observations. Students will learn the importance of reflecting quality care in standard documentation practices. Accountability will be incorporated throughout the course by the use of practical application examples of documentation standards and communication techniques. Students will also learn the transcriptions skills necessary for the creation and/or maintenance of Medication Administration Records (MAR).
    BSCI-1220Abuse2
    This course provides the Developmental Services Worker student the working knowledge to understand and deal with all forms of abuse, including abuse of people with developmental disabilities. This course provides students with greater awareness of the vulnerability of people with developmental disabilities, the applicable legislation, regulations and standards of practice.

    Level 3
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    HLTH-3018Health & Wellness 33
    This course provides the student with an opportunity to develop knowledge and practical skills in basic health care and in administration of medications appropriate to Developmental Services Work. The course will focus on the complex health needs of people with disabilities. This course will continue to explore the role and responsibilities of a DSW working within an interprofessional health care team.
    DEVL-3008Professionalism 22
    Students will employ communication and counselling skills appropriate to the role of a Developmental Services Worker. Students will use traditional counselling skills in consideration of people with developmental disabilities, their families and the developmental sector. Counselling skills using oral, written and nonverbal methods will be used. Students will develop an awareness of Behavioural Based Interviews and apply knowledge in a simulated interview session. Students will develop strategies for self-care.
    HLTH-3019Health & Wellness 43
    This course offers the student an opportunity to integrate field practicum experiences with information which is focused on complex health needs of people with developmental disabilities. In the laboratory setting, the DSW student will continue to develop and apply pharmacology knowledge and skills within the role of a DSW. This course will continue to explore the roles and responsibilities of a DSW working within an interprofessional team.
    BSCI-3028Community Building3
    This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for professional interaction within the context of the Developmental Services sector. The course will examine the various roles that a Developmental Services Worker performs with individuals, families and other professionals. Past theoretical knowledge will be reviewed, discussed and applied within the context of case examples.
    DEVL-3010Professionalism 32
    Students will describe the importance of, and develop strategies for ongoing professional development. Students develop oral, written and job readiness skills through job search plans, mock job interviews, preparation of résumés and cover letters. Students also examine a range of career and continuing education opportunities in the field of human services.
    BSCI-3040Intervention Strategies 22
    To provide the student with a body of knowledge of current intervention strategies applied in the support and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities.

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 13 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

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