• Overview - 2019/2020

    With the Accelerated option of the Developmental Services Worker program, you'll go from student to career in just 12 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:

    Lorraine Purgret
    Phone: 519-426-8260 x226

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
    OR
    Human Services Foundation Ontario College Certificate AND:
    - standing in the required course stated above
    OR
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
    OR
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated 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

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    • Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
    • Grade 11 Raising Healthy Children (O)
    • Grade 11 Working with Infants and Young Children (C)
    • Grade 12 Challenge and Change in Society (U)
    • Grade 12 Families in Canada (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Human Development Throughout the Lifespan (M)

    Recommended Personal Preparation

    • Students should develop personal responsibility and leadership traits by participating in school and social organizations which are concerned with helping people
    • Work or volunteer experience in this field is important

    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

    Note:

    • Admission to the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Developmental Services Worker (Accelerated) program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Human Services Foundation program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Developmental Services Worker (Accelerated) program.  The Human Services Foundation program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Developmental Services Worker (Accelerated) program.

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program:

    • 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 (Accelerated)-2019/2020

    DSW - Accelerated
    Gen Ed - Take 2 General Education elective courses.
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    COMM-3037Communication12
    This course prepares students for recording and documenting responsibilities in their related professions. Students will use a variety of technological supports as a means of enhancing their professional communication skills. In addition, students will be introduced to the concepts of critical thinking and advocacy as they relate to the changing social context of their practice in the community.
    DEVL-3002Professional Development7
    This course prepares students for assuming the responsibilities associated with professional practice. Students examine their personal values in the context of their professional obligations and ethical standards. The personal characteristics of the human service professional including a commitment to excellence, life long learning, professional development and wellness will also be addressed.
    FLDP-3005Professional Development Practicum2
    This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component with professional practice. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours. Post Admission Requirements In order to participate in a Practicum course, the student must: Complete the Mandatory Practicum Sessions satisfactorily; Complete the Health and Safety course satisfactorily; Provide a valid First Aid/CPR Level C certification; Provide a (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check; Provide a completed Health Form; Successfully complete the associated DEVL-3002: Professional Development course.
    SOCI-3014Lifespan Development4
    This course prepares students to recognize developmental periods in a person's life. Emphasis will be placed on the pattern and sequence of development in each developmental period. Factors influencing development will also be considered.
    FLDP-3006Lifespan Development Practicum2
    This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component with actual practice of providing services in the field. Post Admission Requirements In order to participate in a Practicum course, the student must: Complete the Mandatory Practicum Sessions satisfactorily; Complete the Health and Safety course satisfactorily; Provide a valid First Aid/CPR Level C certification; Provide a (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check; Provide a completed Health Form; Successfully complete the Lifespan Development (SOCI3014 and BSCI1010) academic course.
    LAWS-3047Legislation7
    This course give students an opportunity to review and apply the requirements of current legislation and regulatory bodies within a framework of ethical and professional standards. An emphasis will be placed on establishing safe and healthy environments and the careful consideration of changing social contexts when developing policies and procedures.
    FLDP-3007Legislation Practicum2
    This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component with actual practice of providing services in the field. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on the knowledge and skills gained during the legislation module. Post Admission Requirements In order to participate in a Practicum course, the student must: Complete the Mandatory Practicum Sessions satisfactorily; Complete the Health and Safety course satisfactorily; Provide a valid First Aid/CPR Level C certification; Provide a (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check; Provide a completed Health Form; Successfully complete the Legislation (LAWS-3047) academic course.
    BSCI-3022Knowledge of Developmental Disabilities9
    This course examines the history of developmental disabilities in Ontario. Students will also examine the key characteristics and etiology of common developmental disabilities, treatment approaches and community services.
    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-3031Responsive Relationships7
    This course emphasizes responsive relationships between individuals, their families and the Developmental Services Worker. Students will explore key issues that will ensure rights of persons with developmental disabilities are kept first and foremost in all situations.
    FLDP-3008Responsive Relationships Practicum2
    This component is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component with actual practice of providing services in the field. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on skills gained during the relationships with children module. Satisfactory completion of the Mandatory Practicum Sessions is required in order to participate in this course. Students must also possess a valid First Aid/CPR Level C certification, a (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check and a completed Health Form.
    BSCI-3032Planning Tools & Strategies7
    This course prepares students to utilize a variety of tools and strategies which empower individuals and their families. Respectful teaching and facilitation practices are introduced and discussed as a method of ensuring the development of life skills.
    FLDP-3009Planning Tools & Strategies Practicum2
    This component is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component with actual practice of providing services in the field. Post Admission Requirements In order to participate in a Practicum course, the student must: Complete the Mandatory Practicum Sessions satisfactorily; Complete the Health and Safety course satisfactorily; Provide a valid First Aid/CPR Level C certification; Provide a (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check; Provide a completed Health Form; Successfully complete the Planning Tools and Strategies (BSCI-3032) academic course.
    BSCI-3047Fundamentals of Personal Care7
    This course prepares students for best practices in the promotion of the health and well-being of persons with developmental disabilities.
    FLDP-3029Fundamentals of Personal Care Practicum2
    This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component with actual practice of providing services in the field. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on the knowledge and skills gained during the personal care module. Satisfactory completion of the Mandatory Practicum Sessions is required in order to participate in this course. Post Admission Requirements In order to participate in a Practicum course, the student must: Complete the Mandatory Practicum Sessions satisfactorily; Complete the Health and Safety course satisfactorily; Provide a valid First Aid/CPR Level C certification; Provide a (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check; Provide a completed Health Form; Successfully complete the Fundamentals of Personal Care (FLDP-3047) course.

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 6 General Education Credits - Can be taken in any level

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 21 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.
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A Twelve-Month Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: DSW5J
    Campus Code: SC (SC - Simcoe)
    September/October/November/January/
    March/April/June/July Admission
    12 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at
    www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    Simcoe/Norfolk Regional Campus: 519-426-8260

    Program Description

    This Ontario College Diploma program is offered in an accelerated format and can be completed in one year.  The Developmental Services Worker program prepares the graduate to work with persons with developmental disabilities at all age and development levels.  The program has field practice components in agency settings and prepares graduates for employment in a variety of community-based agencies.

    Other Information

    • Adult applicants who have developed emotional maturity and stability through a few years involvement in related work are encouraged to apply.  Applicants must meet the admission requirements.
    • There is a particular need for male Developmental Services Workers.
    • Field work constitutes half the training experience of 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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