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Developmental Services Workers Build Community Supports for Clients


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									       Developmental Services Workers Build
          Community Supports for Clients

Does the job of Developmental Services Workers interest you? Do
you find the idea of helping people with developmental disabilities to
become productive members of community rewarding? Additionally,
have you completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School
Diploma or equivalent or are 19 years of age or older; and have taken
the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent? If
you, the Developmental Services Worker program at Centennial
College may be for you. Please note that English proficiency will be
considered in the admissions process and a program admission session
may also be required.

Once you are accepted into the Developmental Services Workers
program, you will train from Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus.
This campus is centrally located and also houses programs from the
School of Community and Health Studies such as Early Childhood
Education and Social Service Worker, which allows for networking and
peer-to-peer interaction.

The Developmental Services Workers program combines theory and
much hands-on practice so that students have a chance to apply what
they learn before graduation. Course work includes: projects,
seminars, community observations, Internet searches, teamwork and
electronic communication, which teaches in-depth analysis and critical
thinking, managing and affecting change, interpersonal communication
and leadership skills as well as clarification of values. Specific courses
within the Developmental Services Workers program include:
Disabilities Issues: Analysis and Research (students learn to utilize a
variety of skills to analyze, summarize and share information about
issues that impact individuals, families and workers in response to and
in creating change); Policy and Social Welfare Systems (in particular,
social policy, legislation and the models of service delivery that affect
persons who have intellectual disability in Ontario will be explored);
Pharmacology (emphasis is placed on the role of the Developmental
Services Worker in administering medications, teaching, supporting
and providing care that contributes to drug effectiveness and health
for individuals); and more.

Aside from the practical practice students get in their classes, future
Developmental Services Workers also get to experience Centennial
College’s field placement feature. This particular program offers two
supervised field placements, during which students design and
implement plans or strategies to teach and support individuals and/or
work with communities. Facilitation and leadership skills, community
development and, positive imagining and competencies for holistic the
personal well-being and community inclusion for clients are some of
the areas they will pursue in this placement. Please note that some
field placement agencies may require a criminal reference check prior
to student placement. Certain criminal convictions may disallow
placement in these agencies and program completion may not be

In the field, Developmental Services Workers graduates become
educational assistants, employment support workers, family
supporters, integration facilitators, and residential service workers who
may be responsible for assisting with everything from getting dressed
and eating to finding employment and housing.

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