Enhance the lives of the less powerful and become a Developmental Services Worker

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					 Enhance the lives of the less powerful and become
        a Developmental Services Worker
Previously seen as being powerless, people with disabilities have risen and
became independent, through modern advancements and new technology.
However, the disabilities vary and some individuals require some level of
support. People with physical, mental, and intellectual disabilities require
assistance from support workers, commonly referred to as Developmental
Services Workers (DSW), who help them complete simple chores like
shopping for groceries, to becoming a day-to-day support such as helping
with the dressing and preparing dietary meals.

Students wishing to improve people’s lives as a DSW must undergo higher
education to understand these people and help them by being competent in
planning and delivering several support functions. A two-year diploma from
a community college satisfies the requirement, but an education from
Centennial College enhances the experience with its all-encompassing
curriculum, which includes a field placement for an on-the-job training
session.

“(Students) learn about strategies to support people, such as teaching
strategies, personal support, resources in the community, and impacting the
impressions and the attitudes of the public positively about people with
intellectual disabilities,” describes Peg Jenner, Coordinator of Centennial’s
DSW program. Here are more learning outcomes from the program:
    Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and clients by
       learning the process of communication and practicing proper
       communication in the Interpersonal Skills Development course
    Become proactive when working with a variety of clients, by learning
       the different types of intellectual disabilities and having the knowledge
       to provide the proper care and services for each individual client
    Understand the way people think, feel, and act through the Social
       Psychology course, which will help when dealing with sensitive matters
       uncertainty, which are common on the job
    Develop skills for personal health care, such as hygiene care and vital
       signs assessment, where the knowledge learned from the classroom
       are demonstrated in an experiential laboratory setting
    Coach and teach clients in educational settings, by learning teaching
       skills, including development of tailored lesson plans, and
       communicating and interacting with students with special needs
    Ability to administer medications, by learning about the different types
       of drugs and their purpose and usage
     Learn about Canada’s social welfare systems and social policy, to
      better understand the situations of their clients and to offer
      recommendations and solutions in their field or work

Each course is interactive for students to become engaged in every lesson
and gain an applied learning experience. Classwork includes research, report
writing, projects, seminars, and community observations. Centennial teaches
a plenty of knowledge through their qualified and experienced faculty.

Centennial graduates of the Developmental Services Workers program have
successfully transitioned to the working world, into diverse positions in the
DSW working field. Many directly became a DSW or related support
personnel, while others became Educational Assistants in schools and
community centres.

				
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