Development Service Worker

Program Accreditation: Diploma

Program Duration:
1500 Total Hrs: Theory 940 Hrs; Internship (Co-op Work Experience) 560 Hrs.

Program Overview
The Developmental Services Worker Diploma Program (DSW) graduate will have an in depth
knowledge and skills to support people with developmental disabilities by enhancing their capacity to function in community living settings and in society. DSWs are employed by organizations that support individuals with special needs, including faith- and culture-based agencies, and by school boards.

Admission Requirement
An Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**; or
be at least 18 years of age or older and pass an entry test

Internship Requirement
Medical Certificate
Police Reference Check (Clearance) of Criminal Record
Standard First Aid & CPR Level C Certification

Career Opportunity
According to Statistics Canada, more than 60,000 Ontarians have a developmental disability. As a skilled and caring developmental service worker, you can help this population live, work and participate in their communities. Your deep understanding of developmental disabilities, supporting skills and desire to help others will help you build a rewarding career in this social services field.

Course Description

Essential Skills
Microsoft Windows
Inclusive Communication Skills
Employment Achievement Strategies
Basic Business Communications
Harm Reduction and Crisis Intervention
Introduction to Sociology
Mental Health & Addictions
Populations at Risk
Support resources and community capacity building
Law for Support Workers
Self Care and Team Building
Basic Counselling Techniques
Solution-Focused Intervention Techniques
Family Development, Functions and Social Issues
Introduction to Psychology
Professional Documentation & Case Management
Behaviour Modification
Basic Nursing and Pharmacology
Development Disabilities

This Course will provide the students 560 hours’ practical experience in the real-world business. At Evergreen College, the Internship (Co-op Work Experience) are a valuable chance for students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom in the real world. Students can gain confidence through their internship by putting their skills to the test. They know they can deal with the challenges presented to them in their new career.

Career Services plays a major role in shaping the learning experience. From the first day, to well after graduation, Career Services is constantly working to provide guidance, resources, opportunities, and assistance. As a school with a diverse student body, our goal is to bridge the gap between the classroom and the employment world, while understanding Canadian workplace cultures and professional behaviours.

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  • Alyssa, Developmental Service Worker

    Alyssa, Evergreen College Graduate from the Developmental Service Diploma Program visited the campus to connect with the class and share her experience in correlation of the class room skills transferring to the work place. She is currently working part time in the field within a daycare setting for the public school board and it resulted from some of the tips taught in class ie, search for your own placement based on your passion, techniques of handling various clientele etc What is your favorite aspect about studying at Evergreen College?
    “My favorite aspect is how the teacher helps me with anything I needed and gave me knowledge to be successful” Preparing Professionals for the Real World!

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    “ Gave me new knowledge about Hospitality Management Operations and would benefit me to open my own business’ – Mochamad Rudi

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    Personal Support Worker Certificate

    “I would suggest my friend to join the Evergreen College because this is a good College and we can learn so good things from here.” Dechen, Personal Support Worker Certificate Program

    “ I found out that the College has offered the best for the students that has done their course/programs here and the instruction and the environment of the College is good.” Ngawang, Personal Support Worker Certificate Program

    “I had nice teacher, who is always open to answer my questions, and ready to help got more knowledge, Thank you,” Dolma, Personal Support Worker Certificate Program