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  • Objectives
    The Developmental Services Worker (Fast Track) program prepares its graduates to be specialists in supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities. Courses focus on disabilities, mental health, interpersonal skills, counselling, health, pharmacology, teaching and intervention strategies.
  • Practical experience
    Field placements in community agencies and/or schools are part of the curriculum.
  • Entry requirements
    College graduates (Human Services) and university graduates (Social Sciences) or those with a combination of education and work experience in a related field.
  • Academic Title
    Developmental Services Worker Ontario College Diploma (Fast-Track)
  • Course description
    Level 2    Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BSCI-1022    Developmental Disabilities     4.00
    • BSCI-1011    Person-Directed Planning     2.00
    • BSCI-1087    Community & Developmental Services 1     3.00
    • HLTH-1115    Health Promotion in Dev Serv Work 1     5.00
    • BSCI-1007    Abnormal Psychology/Dual Diagnosis     3.00
    • BSCI-1010    Developmental Psychology     3.00
    • BSCI-1105    Field Placement 1     3.20

    Level 3    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    • HLTH-1116    Health Promotion in Dev Serv Work 2     2.00
    • BSCI-3007    Counselling in Dev Serv Work     2.00
    • BSCI-1020    Augmentative Communication     2.00
    • BSCI-1023    Teaching Strategies     4.00
    • BSCI-1027    Intervention Strategies     2.00
    • HLTH-3016    Health Promotion in Dev Serv Work 3     2.00
    • BSCI-1088    Recording Skills     2.00
    • BSCI-3018    Field Placement 2     3.20

    Group 2

    TAKE THE FOLLOWING MANDATORY COURSE:
    (MINIMUM GRADE B)
    • PHRM-3019    Pharmacology in DSW     3.00

    Level 4    Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    • BSCI-3019    Field Placement 3     6.80
    • BSCI-3021    Professional Application in DSW     2.00
    • BSCI-3020    Applied Teaching Strategies     1.00
    • HLTH-3017    Health Promotion in Dev Serv Wk 4     2.00

    Gen Ed - Electives

    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 2

    BSCI-1007 -  Abnormal Psychology/Dual Diagnosis

    This course provides the Developmental Services Worker student with a working knowledge of mental health disorders focusing on the symptomatology and interventions within the context of dual diagnosis.

    BSCI-1010 -  Developmental Psychology

    This course will examine the field of Developmental Psychology in the context of physical, cognitive, social and personality development throughout the human lifespan. The major theoretical models and research as it applies to human services will be presented. Application to persons with developmental disabilities will illustrate the various forms of support that Developmental Services Workers can provide in order to promote development throughout the lifespan.

    BSCI-1011 -  Person-Directed Planning
    This course focuses on a variety of person centred planning methods. The student will developknowledge in comprehending, analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating multiple factors associated with supporting people with disabilities.

    BSCI-1020 -  Augmentative Communication

    This course will introduce students to the field of communication and augmentative communication in particular. The course will help the students to comprehend, analyze, synthesize and evaluate the multiple factors associated with supporting and interacting with individuals who communicate using specialized communication techniques or devices.

    BSCI-1022 -  Developmental Disabilities
    This course introduces Developmental Services Workers to an understanding of developmental disabilities. Students will learn about causes of common disabilities and methods of prenatal assessment and screening. Various disabilities will be presented with a focus on the Developmental Services Worker role in supporting individuals with disabilities.

    BSCI-1023 -  Teaching Strategies

    This course will examine the principles and applications of teaching and learning strategies as a means of supporting people who have diverse abilities.

    BSCI-1027 -  Intervention Strategies

    To provide the Developmental Services Worker student with a body of knowledge of current intervention strategies applied in the support and treatment of persons with developmental disabilities.

    BSCI-1087 -  Community & Developmental Services 1
    This course provides a working knowledge of service systems for individuals with developmental disabilities in Ontario. This course will examine different forms of advocacy, interprofessionalism, and abuse of individuals with developmental disabilities.

    BSCI-1088 -  Recording Skills
    BSCI 1088 provides the student with the concepts and legal implications of recording in Developmental Services Work. This course will include the practical application of anecdotal and medication recording.

    BSCI-1105 -  Field Placement 1

    This course is designed to enable the student to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic semester to placement. Special emphasis is placed on work skills.

    BSCI-3007 -  Counselling in Dev Serv Work
    This course focuses on empowerment and boundary issues in the context of counseling and supporting persons with developmental disabilities. Major areas of focus are family and sexuality counseling as well as supporting and counseling persons with a dual diagnosis. The course provides students with opportunities to examine and develop counselling skills in these areas.

    BSCI-3018 -  Field Placement 2

    This course is designed to enable the student to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the academic semester and apply skills learned in BSCI 1105 to placement.

    BSCI-3019 -  Field Placement 3
    This course is designed to enable the student to integrate previous academic and placement knowledge in a more independent setting. Special emphasis is placed on work skills at an advanced level.

    BSCI-3020 -  Applied Teaching Strategies
    The student in collaboration with faculty, peoplewith developmental disabilities and their supportnetwork, will facilitate the design,implementation, and evaluation of individualsupport plans.

    BSCI-3021 -  Professional Application in DSW
    This course provides the student with theknowledge and skills necessary for professionalinteraction within the context of theDevelopmental Services sector. Students will gainexperience in synthesizing theoretical knowledgeinto practical implementation of effectivestrategies for individuals and families. Theunique interprofessional role of the DevelopmentalServices Worker will be discussed. Pasttheoretical knowledge will be reviewed, discussedand applied within the context of case examplesand practical implementation.

    HLTH-1115 -  Health Promotion in Dev Serv Work 1
    This course provides the student with an introduction to the human body and basic health care skills required to support individuals with disabilities. Common related disorders of each body system and health conditions associated with disabilities will be included.

    HLTH-1116 -  Health Promotion in Dev Serv Work 2
    HLTH1116 continues the study of body systems, related disorders, and basic health care skills from HLTH1115. The student will continue to develop knowledge and understanding of the role and responsibilities of a DSW within an interprofessional health care team.

    HLTH-3016 -  Health Promotion in Dev Serv Work 3

    This course provides the student with an opportunity to develop knowledge and practical skills in basic health care and in administration of medications appropriate to Developmental Services Work. The course will continue to focus on the health needs of individuals with disabilities. This course will continue to explore the role and responsibilities of a DSW working within an interprofessional health care team.

    HLTH-3017 -  Health Promotion in Dev Serv Wk 4

    This course offers the student an opportunity to integrate field practicum experiences with lectures that focus on complex health needs of persons with disabilities. In the classroom, the DSW student will continue to develop and apply pharmacology knowledge and skills within the role of a DSW.

    PHRM-3019 -  Pharmacology in DSW

    This pharmacology course introduces the student to the role and responsibilities of the Developmental Services Worker in medication administration. Included are strategies to promote safe administration of medications and information about drugs commonly prescribed for people with developmental disabilities. This course will continue to explore the roles and responsibilities of a DSW working within an interprofessional health care team.

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