Program Overview

The Development Services Worker (Accelerated) program takes students to their career in just 12 months. Students will become specialized in working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Graduates will be able to build relationships with family members, and work well with other support members. Students will find employment as a support worker, advocate or educational assistant.

Program Details

Program Code
DSW5J
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Duration Next
48 weeks
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 October
Simcoe
Open
2022 November
Simcoe
Open
2023 January
Simcoe
Open
2023 March
Simcoe
Open
2023 April
Simcoe
Open
2023 May
Simcoe
Open
2023 July
Simcoe
Open
2023 August
Simcoe
Open
2023 October
Simcoe
Open
2023 November
Simcoe
Open
2024 January
Simcoe
Open
2024 March
Simcoe
Open
2024 April
Simcoe
Open
2024 June
Simcoe
Open
2024 July
Simcoe
Open
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2023 August
Simcoe
Open
2023 October
Simcoe
Open
2023 November
Simcoe
Open
2024 January
Simcoe
Open
2024 March
Simcoe
Open
2024 April
Simcoe
Open
2024 June
Simcoe
Open
2024 July
Simcoe
Open

Your Learning Experience

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 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;
  • Counselling;
  • 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.

 

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe's Developmental Services Worker (Accelerated) program may find employment opportunities in working with people with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings such as in their homes, day programs providing employment and/or leisure support, working on a clinical or case coordination teams, or in schools as educational assistants, and camps. New graduates are employed as direct support professionals or educational assistants.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Developmental Services Worker (Fast Track) program:

Developmental Services Worker

Support people in all stages of life who have a developmental disability. 

Educational Assistant

Act as support staff in elementary and secondary school classrooms. 

Direct Support Professional

Help people become integrated and engaged in their community or the least restrictive environment.

 

 

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.

 

Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Lorraine Purgret

Program Pathways

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

Admission Requirements

Courses

DSW - Accelerated
Gen Ed - Take 2 General Education elective courses.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
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, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Early Childhood Education students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: Licensed Child Care- In this block the student must complete 1 practicum in each of the following groups: Infant, Toddler & Pre-school. Block Two & Three: School-Age practicums - In this block the student must complete three school age practicums, and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum. Developmental Services Worker students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: 3 practicums in a Supported Living or Group Living in a community-based agency. Block Two & Three: 3 Educational Assistant practicums and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
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, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Early Childhood Education students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: Licensed Child Care- In this block the student must complete 1 practicum in each of the following groups: Infant, Toddler & Pre-school. Block Two & Three: School-Age practicums - In this block the student must complete three school age practicums, and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum. Developmental Services Worker students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: 3 practicums in a Supported Living or Group Living in a community-based agency. Block Two & Three: 3 Educational Assistant practicums and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
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, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Early Childhood Education students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: Licensed Child Care- In this block the student must complete 1 practicum in each of the following groups: Infant, Toddler & Pre-school. Block Two & Three: School-Age practicums - In this block the student must complete three school age practicums, and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum. Developmental Services Worker students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: 3 practicums in a Supported Living or Group Living in a community-based agency. Block Two & Three: 3 Educational Assistant practicums and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
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, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Developmental Services Worker students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: 3 practicums in a Supported Living or Group Living in a community-based agency. Block Two & Three: 3 Educational Assistant practicums and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
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, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Developmental Services Worker students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: 3 practicums in a Supported Living or Group Living in a community-based agency. Block Two & Three: 3 Educational Assistant practicums and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
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, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Developmental Services Worker students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: 3 practicums in a Supported Living or Group Living in a community-based agency. Block Two & Three: 3 Educational Assistant practicums and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
COMM-3090Communication & Advocacy7
This course focuses on professional written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Students will use a variety of technological supports as a means of enhancing their recording and documentation responsibilities in their related professions. In addition, students will learn about research methods and documentation formats as a basis for developing their critical thinking and advocacy skills. The goal of this course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations as they relate to the changing social context of their practice in the community.
FLDP-3048Communication & Advocacy Practicum2
This practicum is designed to allow students an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic component of this module, and develop the skills needed to practice in the profession. Special emphasis during this practicum experience is on demonstrated professional attitudes and behaviours, critical reflection in practice, and consolidating knowledge of theory with skills developed in practice. Post admission requirements in order to participate in the practicum course include; completion of the mandatory practicum sessions satisfactorily, valid Standard First Aid/CPR level C certification, completed Vulnerable Sector Police Check, completed Pre Placement Health Form, successful completion of mandatory modules, and successful completion of the corresponding academic course component. Early Childhood Education students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: Licensed Child Care- In this block the student must complete 1 practicum in each of the following groups: Infant, Toddler & Pre-school. Block Two & Three: School-Age practicums - In this block the student must complete three school age practicums, and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum. Developmental Services Worker students will complete three practicum blocks. Block One: 3 practicums in a Supported Living or Group Living in a community-based agency. Block Two & Three: 3 Educational Assistant practicums and 1 Non-Traditional Setting practicum.
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Tuition Summary

Simcoe

Canadian Costs
$6,470.92
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$30,542.56
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.

 

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