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Take our DSW program with accelerated courses - 2020/2021

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.

 

Admission Requirements - 2020/2021

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 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)-2020/2021

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 of this module. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, completion of the Health and Safety course satisfactorily, valid First Aid/CPR level C certification provided, (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check provided, completed Pre Placement Health Form provided, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component.
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 of this module. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, completion of the Health and Safety course satisfactorily, valid First Aid/CPR level C certification provided, (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check provided, completed Pre Placement Health Form provided, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component.
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 of this module. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, completion of the Health and Safety course satisfactorily, valid First Aid/CPR level C certification provided, (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check provided, completed Pre Placement Health Form provided, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component.
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 practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component of this module. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, completion of the Health and Safety course satisfactorily, valid First Aid/CPR level C certification provided, (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check provided, completed Pre Placement Health Form provided, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component.
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 practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component of this module. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, completion of the Health and Safety course satisfactorily, valid First Aid/CPR level C certification provided, (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check provided, completed Pre Placement Health Form provided, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component.
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 of this module. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, completion of the Health and Safety course satisfactorily, valid First Aid/CPR level C certification provided, (PVSC) Police Vulnerable Sector Check provided, completed Pre Placement Health Form provided, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component.

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 - 2020/2021

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 - 2020/2021

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.

Program Details

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Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability
2020 August
Blended Delivery - Simcoe
Open
2020 October
Blended Delivery - Simcoe
Open
2020 November
Blended Delivery - Simcoe
Open
2021 January
Simcoe
Open
2021 March
Simcoe
Open
2021 April
Simcoe
Open
2021 May
Simcoe
Open
2021 July
Simcoe
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability
2020 August
Blended Delivery - Simcoe
Open
2020 October
Blended Delivery - Simcoe
Open
2020 November
Blended Delivery - Simcoe
Open
2021 January
Simcoe
Open
2021 March
Simcoe
Open
2021 April
Simcoe
Open
2021 May
Simcoe
Open
2021 July
Simcoe
Open
Program Code
DSW5J
Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Lorraine Purgret

Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Duration
48 weeks

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