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Developmental Support Worker


Developmental Support Worker

Duration: 4.5 semesters plus 8 week work term
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Faculty: Personal Care
Certification: Diploma of Health and Human Sciences

Program Description

Academy Canada’s Developmental Support Worker program will prepare students to work in environments that can include government organizations, educational facilities, mental health agencies and other institutions that assist persons with physical, behavioral, cognitive, and/or psychological disabilities in order to enhance inclusion of persons with special needs in all aspects of society. It is designed to train the student to recognize both the needs and abilities of persons they are supporting. Students will develop the skills and attitudes necessary to assist children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities to achieve their goals and demonstrate their potential as contributing members of our community.

Program Courses

Abuse Issues Mental Health and Addictions
Assessment Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
Behaviour Management Nutrition
Communication Skills Personal Care
Community Integration Pharmacology
Community Services Professional Ethics
Disability Supports Seniors: The Older Adult
Human Development Special Needs I
Human Rights Special Needs II
Human Sexuality Standard First Aid
Inclusion: An Educational Perspective Student Success
Introduction to Computers Suicide Intervention
Introduction to Psychology Work Term
Introduction to Sociology  

Employment Opportunities

According to a discussion paper released by the Disability Policy Office, 75000 people in Newfoundland and Labrador have at least one disability. The Provincial Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to enhancing the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of society. 

Developmental Support Workers assist persons with a disability in overcoming barriers to carrying out everyday activities. Depending on employer hiring practices, graduates could be employed with government agencies, mental health agencies/groups, school boards and other establishments that work with persons with exceptionalities.  

Entrance Requirements

For detailed program Entrance Requirements please click here.

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