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Developmental Services Worker (Apprenticeship) (Part-time)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1303
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services

About the Program

This program is designed to provide individuals working in the field of developmental services without formal credentials, the opportunity to pursue education and training on a part-time basis. The program provides apprentices with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to support people with a range of physical, intellectual, mental or developmental disabilities, across the lifespan to participate fully within the community. Offered in partnership with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Apprentices successfully completing the program will receive a Developmental Services Worker Apprenticeship Certificate.
In addition to the required "in-school" theory training, Apprentices are required to have an employer sponsor them so they can complete 3,720 hours of practical work experience as required by the training standards set by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Exemption Testing

Apprentices may challenge the in-school portion of apprenticeship levels from a variety of trade-specific apprenticeship programs depending on their level of expertise and time spent on the job. Non-apprentices can likewise challenge the in-school portion of the program starting first at level one. For more information about Exemption Testing - Apprentices and Non-Apprentices please visit: http://www.conestogac.on.ca/testing-services/exemption.jsp

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Apprenticeship Registration

Before registering as an apprenticeship you must:

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
COMM1485 College Writing and Communication
Description: This course is designed to help students acquire accuracy and clarity in written and spoken communication in workplace settings. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker Apprenticeship program.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COUN1120 Intervention: A Learning Centered Approach
Description: This course will introduce students to the principles of learning centered approaches to designing and evaluating inclusive programs. Positive behavioural approaches and the ethical utilization of behavioural intervention techniques will be explored with the view of assisting individuals develop fulfilling and socially acceptable behaviours. Apprentices will demonstrate observation and documentation skills for the purpose of reporting progress. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COUN1130 Intervention: Challenging Behaviour
Description: An extension to Intervention: A Learning Centered Approach, apprentices will further build on their knowledge and the ethical utilization of behavioural approaches and interventions with people with developmental disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on developing positive behavior management and crisis intervention strategies. Apprentices will carry out a functional behavioural assessment and develop responsive programs valuing the individual at the center of the planning process. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COUN1140 Responsive Teaching
Description: This course will introduce students to the principles of holistic and responsive approaches to learning and teaching. Developmental and behavioural theories of teaching and learning will be examined. Apprentices will design and implement a variety of responsive plans for teaching individuals with developmental disabilities. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COUN1150 Learning and Communication
Description: Expanding on the principles of holistic and responsive approaches to learning and teaching, apprentices will explore possible modifications and adaptations to curricular experiences to respond to individual learning needs. Emphasis will be placed on exploring augmentative communication for those individuals who have receptive and or expressive communication differences. American Sign Language will also be introduced as a vehicle to increase and enhance communication. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
COUN1160 Responding to Abuse
Description: The aim of this course is to explore all forms of abuse towards people in our society. A greater awareness of vulnerable sectors, particularly those individuals with developmental disabilities will be explored. The role of the developmental services worker in prevention, recognition, responding and documentation of suspected abuse will be emphasized. Safe physical and psycho-social environments for people with disabilities and those who care for them are central tenants of this course.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
HEAL1560 Health and Wellness: Holistic Health
Description: In this course, apprentices will be introduced to the structure of the body and body systems. They will examine the extent and limitations of the developmental services worker's role and responsibilities in supporting optimal health within the context of a holistic health and wellness framework. The Regulated Health Professions Act will be examined and used to inform a professional understanding of one's role in planning and supporting individuals.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
HEAL1570 Health and Wellness: Promotion and Prevention
Description: The focus of this course is on health promotion and prevention. Apprentices will examine measures to prevent and control infection and disease and analyze the role nutrition plays in optimizing health and wellness. Practical skills for providing personal and medical care needs, as well as lifting and transporting techniques will be discussed with specific attention given to protecting the privacy, dignity, and rights of the individual. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program..
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
HEAL1580 Health and Wellness: Health Services in the Community
Description: As an extension to understanding health and wellness from a holistic perspective, factors that influence the health of individuals with intellectual disabilities will be explored in greater detail. In addition, focus will be placed on assisting individuals to access health services in the community. Privacy, dignity, and the rights of individual lay the foundation for promoting and providing suggested health supports to individuals with disabilities. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
HEAL1590 Health and Wellness: Sustaining Health and Wellness
Description: This course further emphasizes the value of health and wellness for optimal quality of life for persons with disabilities. Apprentices will identify community resources and create strategies that promote the achievement of sustainable lifestyle changes designed to enhance the wellbeing and health of individuals within the context of community. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
HEAL1600 Dual Diagnosis: Mental Health and Wellness
Description: The aim of this course is to provide apprentices with an increased understanding of supporting. Individuals who have a developmental disability and who also experience mental health issues. Apprentices will explore the prevalence of dual diagnosis and examine a range of interventions from a mental health and wellness perspective that focus on the need for a coordinated system of support. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
PHAR1000 Pharmacology: Medication and Health
Description: This course provides apprentices with an overview of current drug therapies and the role of the developmental services worker in the administration of medications within the context of an inter-professional health care team. Apprentices will explain the protocols for safe storage, administration, and disposal of medication, demonstrating an understanding of current government and workplace regulations and policies. Emphasis will be placed on a view to understanding the relationship between medication and the overall health and wellness of the individual.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
PSYC1150 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
Description: The influence of historical attitudes and perceptions of people with disabilities will be introduced in this course. Apprentices will discuss and review different models of understanding disabilities and how these contexts shape, enhance, and/or limit the response and treatment of people with disabilities. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
PSYC1160 Developmental Disabilities
Description: In this course apprentices will examine common developmental disabilities from the view of gaining an increased understanding of common syndromes and conditions and their related etiological causes from a research based perspective. Emphasis will be placed on enhanced understanding of common practices and interventions to support the inclusion of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
SOCS1300 Community and Social Services: Access and Legislation for Persons with Disabilities
Description: This course will explore the structure and access to social services in Ontario. Pertinent social service legislation will be explored with a view to understanding the impact on individuals. Apprentices will analyze trends or practices against established principles or empirical findings from an evidence-based perspective. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
SOCS1310 Community and Social Services: A Holistic Approach
Description: This course will explore the theory of social role valorization. Through analysis of diversity and self-reflection, apprentices will demonstrate a holistic approach to working with individuals with disabilities within the broad context of community and social service. Professional and ethical decision making consistent with positive values will be emphasized. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
SOCS1320 Person Centered Planning
Description: In this course, apprentices will investigate a variety of interdisciplinary approaches to person centered planning. The underlying philosophy and principles of the planning processes will be examined and critiqued from a values based framework. A focus on developing coordinated, comprehensive, and effective supports for people with disabilities will be emphasized. Systemic barriers to implementation will be examined and individual and /or societal solutions will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the developmental services worker in engaging the populations with whom they work in collaborative approaches to planning.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
SOCS1330 Community Building: Family and Community Living
Description: Apprentices in this course will be challenged to identify and examine a variety of roles, memberships, and activities with a view to increasing their understanding of community capacity building. With emphasis on collaboration with individuals, families, and professionals, apprentices will develop plans to help individuals fulfill valued social roles. In addition, they will describe how to support people with disabilities in maintaining family and community relationships while demonstrating respect for individual human rights. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
SOCS1340 Professional Practice: Human Relationships and Collaborative Practice
Description: Interpersonal communication will be examined with the view to an increased understanding of human relationships and communication. Reflective practice and communication skills will be examined as vehicle to increase the apprentices' effectiveness to communicate as an individual and group member in informal, formal, and inter-professional practice settings. Individual and team experiences will enhance the apprentices' skills to work with a variety of people in diverse situations. This course is part of the Developmental Services Worker program.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
SOCS1350 Professional Practice: Empowerment
Description: This course will focus on the professional roles and responsibilities of the developmental services worker in engaging and empowering individuals with the context of professional practice. Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical and practical aspects of building and maintaining positive relationships that respect and value the indivdual. Counselling techniques and strategies will also be explored within a professional context.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed

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