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.
Graduates from the Developmental Service Worker Program serve and support individuals with developmental and physical 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. Westervelt’s Developmental Service Worker Program meets all Provincial Standardization guidelines and outcomes.
Areas of employment for Developmental Service Workers are:
- Educational Assistant
- Family Support
- Community Agencies
- Residential Agencies
- Community Organizations
- Program Supervision
- Private Sector Opportunities
- Transitional Services
- 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)
- Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS)
- Completion of the Westervelt College Health Form