Personal Support Worker Program Offers Vital Practical Experience by jasonw93


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									         Personal Support Worker Program Offers Vital Practical Experience
With a career such as that of a Personal Support Worker, which includes hands-on work with
clients, the program one attends to earn a credential that will allow him to work in the field
should have a practical focus. Centennial College’s Personal Support Worker program offers just
that thanks to its courses and an extensive 15-week field experience.

As a result of the Personal Support Worker program, graduates are able to: act within the
personal support worker role, under supervision, and by following care/service plans and
established policies and procedures; participate as members of the care service teams in both
community and institutional settings; collaborate and report observations to appropriate health
care team members in an ongoing, timely manner and document this information promptly;
support clients’ personal and home management care requirements and preferences by following
care service plans and established policies and procedures; demonstrate effective oral, written
and nonverbal communication techniques; and assist in the promotion and maintenance of a
safe and caring environment for clients, their families, self and others.

Thanks to the range of skills students learn in the Personal Support Worker program, the
certificate that is earned is recognized by The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as
well as community agencies and clinical settings. The skills also see students adapt to a variety
of settings, such as in the home, schools, community residential facilities, nursing homes or
chronic care facilities.

But how do students go from novices to professionals by the time they graduate from the two
semesters worth of Personal Support Worker courses? First and foremost, students of the
offering will find that the focus is on the full range of home and health related services required
by the elderly, clients with disabilities, chronic illnesses, cognitive impairment and also clients
recovering from acute illnesses. At the same time, courses strive to reflect the latest practices
and policies in the field, and include: Foundations of Personal Support, Developmental Stages &
Alterations in Health, Foundations of Mental Health, Clients in Palliative Care and more.

Helping them to master these different Personal Support Worker program topics is Morningside
Campus, which is Centennial College’s most technologically advanced location and boasts clinical
and laboratory settings. Another way that students apply what they learn is through a Personal
Support Worker program field placement during which they work with teams in long-term care
institutions, the community and at in-home settings. The 15-week placement makes up half of
the total program hours.

Those wishing to apply to the Personal Support Worker program must have completed at
minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or
older. In addition, applicants must have finished the compulsory English 12C or U credit or skills
assessment, or equivalent and can prove English proficiency.

                                                                                Author :- Jason

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