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Diploma in Developmental Services Worker – Accelerated

Humber College’s Developmental Services Worker – Accelerated diploma program teaches you skills to effectively promote the physical, mental and emotional health of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 18 months
Starting in: September 2020
Tuition Fee: CAD 7,496 per semester
Location: Lakeshore Campus (Toronto, Canada)

In this Humber College’s Developmental Services Worker – Accelerated diploma program, you’ll be taught by developmental services experts who are active in the field, in classes with comparatively low student to teacher ratios. Our curriculum is designed with input from the developmental services field ensuring courses are current and relevant.

You’ll begin your studies by learning the stages of human development, the types of developmental disabilities and the range of available community support services for this population. Next, you’ll learn intervention techniques, person-centered planning, abnormal psychology/dual diagnosis, basic pharmacology, supporting people with autism and other complex needs, augmentative forms of communication, and effective responses to people who have been abused. Finally, you’ll develop skills in building interpersonal relationships and counselling.

Courses include:

  • Intervention Techniques
  • Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
  • Community Orientation
  • Independent Study
  • Health and wellness
  • Autism and Other Complex Needs
  • Sign Language and Augmentative Communication

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A career as a developmental services worker will allow you to help people with disabilities live, work and participate in their communities. You will learn to support people with intellectual disabilities, autism, physical challenges or other special needs and can find work in a variety of roles including:

  • community support worker
  • educational/teaching assistant in a school
  • classroom assistant in a daycare centre
  • seniors’ case worker
  • residential case worker
  • family worker

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