Start Dates & Ontario Colleges Program Codes:
Fall Start (September): 0139
Fall Start (September) - Accelerated program: 0162
Helping People Reach Their Potential – and Go Beyond
Do you love to work with people and want career options in your future? Do you hope to make a difference in the world? Supporting people living with a disability, such as Autism or Down Syndrome, is a great way to do just that.
Confederation College’s Developmental Services Worker program will give you the skills and experience you need to support individuals in living their life to the fullest. Coursework includes study in developmental disabilities, teaching strategies, health promotion, augmentative communication and assistive technology, pharmacology, dual diagnosis, trends and issues, behavioural supports, counselling skills and community development. If you believe in inclusion, individualization and empowerment for all people in our community, this program is for you!
- Program includes two field placements so that you can learn in real-world environments
- Gives you the knowledge and skills that you need to support people to reach their full potential
- Practice knowledge and skills in a lab setting and plan real community events with schools and agencies
- Also offered as an accelerated program for those with a college diploma in a community services program or those with a degree in a related field
Program Learning Outcomes
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- conduct oneself in an ethical, competent and accountable manner in all professional relationships.
- provide person-directed supports and services that respect and promote self-determination for people with developmental disabilities.
- provide for the safety of people with developmental disabilities, self and others in compliance with all applicable legislation, regulations and standards of practice.
- support health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities.
- employ and adapt formal and informal strategies to support the learning of people with developmental disabilities.
- provide leadership in the development of inclusive communities.
- develop professional and personal plans that enhance job performance and well-being.
Graduates of the Developmental Services Worker go on to support people with disabilities across the lifespan. They find positions in a variety of settings in Thunder Bay and region, including: Avenue II, Brain Injury Services of Northern Ontario, City of Thunder Bay Recreation & Culture Division Inclusion Services, Community Living Thunder Bay, Dilico, OPTIONS northwest, Lakehead Public Schools, Superior Greenstone Association for Community Living, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, and more.
Roles include Student Support Professional, Employment Support Specialist, Residential/Community Support Worker, Independent Contractor, Advocate, Family Support Worker and others.
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