Development Service Worker DSW

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The Developmental Services Worker Program prepares graduates to administer and implement a variety of social assistance in programs and community services as well as assist clients to deal with personal and social problems. They are trained to provide person-directed supports and services for people with developmental disabilities in a manner that is respectful and fosters self-determination and empowerment. Upon successful completion of the DSW program, graduates are prepared to act in a professional, ethical, competent and accountable manner.

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Hamilton Institute for Health Personnel

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Program Duration

54 Weeks

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Second Career, Financial Aid

OBSERVATIONDevelopmental DisabilitiesEthics, Regulations, Competencies & Standards of PracticeDevelopmental PsychologyAbnormal Psychology (Including Dual Diagnosis)Health & Wellness (personal, workplace and environmental health & well-being)Education StrategiesCommunication (Forms of communication; appropriate communication skills; accident reporting systems)Developmental ServicesBehavioural SupportSocial ServicesField Placement 1 – Preparation and Observation. EDUCATIONAL SETTINGPerson Directed Supports & ServicesCommunications (various forms of communication; appropriate communication,)PharmacologyField Placement 2 – School /Education Setting. COMMUNITY SETTINGBuilding CommunityAssessment TechniquesHealth & Wellness (Intellectual disability; preventing abuse, neglect & assault; vicarious trauma and self-care; DSW as part of a health care team)Field Placement 3 – Community based, Supervised Placement Setting. common job titles Aboriginal Outreach WorkerAddictions WorkerChild and Youth WorkerCommunity Development WorkerCommunity Service WorkerCrisis Intervention WorkerDevelopmental Service Worker Drop-in Centre WorkerFamily Service WorkerGroup Home WorkerIncome Maintenance Officer ? Social ServicesLife Skills InstructorMental Health WorkerRehabilitation Worker ? Social ServicesSocial Services WorkerVeteran Services OfficerWelfare and Compensation OfficerWomen’s Shelter SupervisorYouth Worker

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