• Overview - 2019/2020

    If your time has come to quickly begin your career, the Fast Track option of the Developmental Services Worker program will get you from student to career in just 10 months. If you believe that having a positive and direct impact on the lives of people with developmental disabilities is a career worth pursuing. And if you are looking for personal and professional satisfaction on a daily basis, Fanshawe's Developmental Services Worker (DSW) program will guide you toward your goals.

    You'll become a specialist in working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Your courses will be dynamic with a focus on disabilities, mental health, interpersonal skills, counseling, health, pharmacology, teaching and intervention strategies. As well, you'll learn how to collaborate and build relationships with family members, and to work with the diverse network of support for people with developmental disabilities. You'll also participate in a field placement as part of an agency or school, gaining hands on skills and first-hand experience.

    When you graduate, you'll be able to work as a support worker, advocate, and educational assistant, or at a board of education. You'll also have the opportunity to transfer credits for further education at universities such as Ryerson, Windsor, Calgary and Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.

     

    Program coordinator:

    Karen Klee
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x2057

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    An Ontario College Diploma in Community Studies
    OR
    A University Degree in Psychology, Sociology or a related Social Sciences area
    OR
    A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to www.fanshawec.ca/preplacement for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

    • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate (Level "C" CPR)
    • Evidence of Good Health
    • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
    • Placement Agreement
  • Courses

    Developmental Services Worker (Fast Track)-2019/2020

    Level 2Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    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-1207Developmental 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.
    PHIL-1016Philosophy 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.
    HLTH-1197Health & 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 promotion skills. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the DSW as a member of an inter-professional health care team.
    BSCI-1208Person-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.
    BSCI-1211Developmental 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.
    HLTH-1198Health & Wellness 23
    This course continues to explore the health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities through the study of common health conditions and diseases along with 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-1027Intervention Strategies 12
    This course will provide the student with a body of knowledge of current intervention strategies applied in the support of persons with developmental disabilities. Students will be able to list and use the elements of the DSW Code of Ethics with respect to behavioural approaches and adhere to pertinent legislation. Students will also be able to identify the elements of behavioural learning theory, list the behavioural rules and describe how learning theory can be implemented. Crisis intervention techniques will be learned and demonstrated by students according to industry standards. Students will learn documentation requirements related to crisis intervention.


    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE C)
    BSCI-1210Professionalism 2-Recording2
    This course provides the student with the techniques of information gathering and documentation required in Developmental Services Work. Legal implications of documentation will be incorporated through practical application of anecdotal and medication recording commonly used in the developmental disabilities sector.

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    BSCI-1023Teaching 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, educational, community, employment, and social settings.
    HLTH-3038Health & 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.
    BSCI-3035Professionalism 32
    Students will be able to use communication and counselling skills appropriate to the role of a developmental services worker. Students will use formats specific to people with developmental disabilities and the developmental sector including electronic, oral, written and nonverbal. Strategies to develop rapport with people with developmental disabilities will be described. Students will demonstrate effective and appropriate communication strategies and counselling techniques with consideration of faith, culture, language and personal needs and preferences. Students will develop knowledge of Behavioural Based Interview techniques and demonstrate proficiency in interviews.
    BSCI-1010Developmental Psychology3
    This course examines the field of Developmental Psychology in the context of physical, cognitive, language, social & personality development throughout the human lifespan. The major theoretical models and research related to human development will be presented. Comparisons will be made between typical and atypical development throughout the lifespan. Application of theory and knowledge to persons with developmental disabilities will illustrate the various forms of support that Developmental Services Workers can provide in order to promote development throughout the lifespan.
    BSCI-1020Augmentative Communication2
    This course will introduce students to the field of communication and augmentative communication in particular. The course will help the students to comprehend, analyze, synthesize and evaluate the multiple factors associated with supporting and interacting with individuals who communicate using specialized communication techniques or devices.
    FLDP-1019Field Placement 16
    This course is designed to enable the Developmental Services Worker student to apply in a field placement the theoretical knowledge gained from the academic courses in level 2 of the Developmental Services Worker Program.


    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE B)
    PHRM-3019Pharmacology in DSW3
    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.

    Level 4Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    BSCI-3037Intervention Strategies 21
    The student will demonstrate an understanding of behavior learning theory, behavioural observations, data collection and functional behavior assessments. In addition, the Developmental Services Worker student will demonstrate the knowledge to develop and implement behavioural support plans for people with developmental disabilities.
    HLTH-3040Health & Wellness 42
    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-1215Community Building & Professionalism2
    This course examines strategies for developing inclusive communities. Students will be able to identify barriers to social justice and models of social change. Also strategies, resources and evidence based practices which promote ongoing professional development to enhance professional growth will be identified. Self-assessments will be conducted to formulate professional development plans. Compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma will be discussed in the development of a self-care plan.
    FLDP-3022Field Placement 25.2
    This course is designed to enable the student to integrate previous academic and placement knowledge in a more independent setting. Special emphasis is placed on work skills at an advanced level incorporating knowledge and skills learned in all academic courses, and FLDP-1019.
    BSCI-1235Social Services1
    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.


    Group 2
    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE
    (MINIMUM GRADE C)
    BSCI-1234Abuse1
    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.

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 2

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 16 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates from this program will be employed within community-based agencies and boards of education to work with persons with developmental disabilities. Graduates are trained to provide accommodation, advocacy, education, employment and leisure support. As well, the graduates have training in life skills, counselling, advocacy, health and pharmacology.
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A Ten-Month Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: DSW4
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)

    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    School of Community Studies: 519-452-4224

    Program Description

    The Developmental Services Worker (Fast Track) Diploma program prepares its graduates to support people with developmental disabilities so that these individuals may participate fully in their communities. DSW�s have the specialized knowledge and skills required to work with people with developmental disabilities across the life span. 

    Inherent to the role of a DSW is an ability to collaborate and build relationships with people with developmental disabilities and their families and to work with colleagues and members of inter-professional teams to facilitate a seamless network of support for people. 
    Courses focus on disabilities, person directed supports, inclusion and community resources, dual diagnosis, interpersonal skills, counselling, health, pharmacology, development, teaching and intervention strategies. Field placements in community agencies and/or schools are part of the curriculum.

    Program Offered: full-time, part-time day. 

    Other Information

    • Field work is included in this program.  Students should be prepared for some additional personal costs. 
    • Students on field placement are required to work evening shifts.
    • Students who graduate from this program and wish to transfer to another Community Studies program at Fanshawe College, may qualify for some internal credits that have already been achieved.
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

    1. conduct oneself in an ethical*, competent* and accountable* manner in all professional relationships.

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

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

    4. support health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities.

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

    6. provide leadership in the development of inclusive communities*

    7. develop professional and personal plans that enhance job performance and well-being.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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