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Developmental Services Worker

Centennial College’s Developmental Services Worker program is highly regarded by established professionals, graduates, families, service agencies and people who have intellectual disabilities.

The two-year college diploma program falls under the School of Community and Health Studies and offers a strong foundation in the field of intellectual disabilities. As such, Developmental Services Worker courses ensure you are equipped with the critical skills and knowledge to start your career directly upon graduation.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 2 years
Starting in: September
Tuition Fee: $15,385
Location: Toronto, Canada

This health program’s curriculum reflects best practices, current and relevant knowledge and addresses up-to-date issues. It emphasizes a deep understanding of:

  • The life experiences of people who have intellectual disabilities
  • The nature of intellectual disabilities
  • Values clarification
  • Analysis
  • Critical and reflective thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Affecting positive change
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Personal support requirements and techniques
  • Team skills
  • Time management
  • Accessing resources

Helping people to fill valued social roles as a part of society, teaching and the provision of personal support are among some of the skills you develop. These skills are applied through in-class hands-on practice as well as field placement opportunities.

Once you complete the Developmental Services Worker program, you will support individuals of all ages who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. Support can be provided to individuals in their homes, at work, in schools and to their families. Your goal as a Developmental Services Worker will be to enhance the capacity of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to function in all aspects of community living and to support their full inclusion in all aspects of society.

Program Highlights

  • School of Community and Health Studies faculty is guided by years of study and work in the field of intellectual disabilities and by personal relationships with people who have intellectual disabilities.
  • Coursework includes projects, seminars, community observations, Internet searches, teamwork and electronic communication.
  • The supervised field placements are offered in semester 3 (two days per week) and semester 4 (three days per week).
  • The location of Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus enables you to access a large number of field placement opportunities and employment opportunities upon graduation.

As a Developmental Services Worker program grad, you will have the ability to:

  • Conduct yourself 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 the health and well-being of people with intellectual 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 strategies and plans that lead to improved personal job performance and the maintenance of you own well-being

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Career Prospects

Career Outlook

  • Educational assistant
  • Support worker
  • Residential support worker
  • Family support worker
  • Employment supporter
  • Job coach
  • Community disability worker
  • Integration facilitator

Areas of Employment

The field of intellectual disabilities involves a broad network of people who have intellectual disabilities, their families and friends, developmental services workers, organizations, and agencies that all provide supports and services to help people who have intellectual disabilities.

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