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Developmental Service Worker Diploma Program

Program Overview

The Developmental Service Worker program (DSW Program) at Westervelt College provides technical training for individuals looking for a rewarding career working with children, youth and adults who have developmental disabilities. Students will learn to give clients support and offer encouragement while promoting their mental, emotional and physical health. 

Program Courses

Graduates from the Developmental Service Worker program serve and support individuals with developmental and phyiscal disabilities and mental illnesses. They have the knowledge and skills to effectively interview, assess, assist and counsel clients and their families. Developmental Service Workers facilitate life skills, promote health and wellbeing, encourage inclusive environments, and provide personal care for all clients with developmental disabilities.

  • Social Skills
  • Philosophy of Support
  • Intervention Strategies
  • Teaching Skills
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Pharmacology
  • Human Sexuality
  • Development Psychology
  • Health and Wellness
  • Personal Care
  • Community Building
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Counselling Skills
  • Externship
  • Mastering the Attitude of Success (TPI MAS)
  • Enriched Academy

Areas of employment for Developmental Service Workers are:

  • Educational Assistant
  • Employment Support
  • Family Support
  • Integration Facilitators
  • Addictions
  • Child Welfare
  • Half-way Houses
  • Mental Health Facilities

Admission Requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent successful completion of the qualifying entrance exam (available to mature students 18 years or older)
  • Government Issued Photo ID
  • Privacy of Personal Information (PIPEDA)

Practicum Requirements

  • Proof of Criminal Record Check
  • Statement of Satisfactory Heath Requirements

Program Details

Program TypeDiploma
CampusesBrantford, Kitchener
Program Length48 Weeks

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