Developmental Services Worker Apprentice [Apprenticeship]
The Developmental Services Worker (DSW) apprenticeship program allows you to continue being employed while going to school on a part-time basis. This DSW program is also offered through web-conferencing for distance learners.
Using a biopsychosocial approach to complex physical, intellectual, mental or developmental disabilities needs, you’ll become a highly skilled and reflective developmental support worker supporting people of all ages to live as independently as possible while promoting inclusive communities. You will have a positive and direct impact on people’s lives as well as personal and professional satisfaction.
To learn more, view the DSW Apprenticeship Program Toolkit: A Guide for Apprentices and Employers, provided by Ontario Developmental Services.
This is an apprenticeship program. You cannot apply to this program through ontariocolleges.ca. Applicants need a sponsor/employer. Your sponsor/employer must register you with:
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
72-1200 Commissioners Road East
London, Ontario, N5Z 4R3
MLTSD is responsible for scheduling your in-school training at Fanshawe College.
Graduates of Fanshawe’s Development Services Worker program will be employed within community-based agencies and the board of education to support persons with developmental disabilities by promoting life skills, education, employment, and leisure support. Graduates are also trained in counseling, advocacy, health, and pharmacology.
Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduate employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?
Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Development Services Worker program:
Developmental Service Worker
Provide a high quality of service and support to people with developmental disabilities by striving to promote and facilitate community inclusion, meaningful participation, and full citizenship.
Assist teachers and resource staff in the planning, development, and implementation of students’ Individual Education Plans (I.E.P.) in school settings
|HLTH-1155||Health & Wellness 1||3|
|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.|
|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-1017||Philosophy of Support||2|
|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.|
|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-1222||Developmental Disabilities 1||3|
|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-1007||Abnormal Psychology/Dual Diagnosis||3|
|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-3042||Developmental Disabilities 2||3|
|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.|