Fanshawe's Developmental Services Worker Program
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With the Accelerated option of Fanshawe's Developmental Services Worker program, you'll go from student to career in just 12 months. Using a biopsychosocial approach to complex needs, you'll become a highly skilled and reflective practitioner supporting people of all ages to live as independently as possible, while promoting inclusive communities. Your courses will be dynamic with a focus on mental and physical health, interpersonal skills, teaching and positive behaviour supports. You'll learn how to collaborate and build relationships with family members, and to work with the diverse network of professionals who support people with developmental disabilities.

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Fanshawe DSW program graduates are in high demand. The majority of grads - if not all - find fulfilling employment within 6 months as direct support professionals, case managers/service coordinators or as educational assistants at a School Board. Graduates are trained to provide accommodation, advocacy, education, employment and leisure support.

You'll become a specialist in working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. Your courses will be dynamic with a focus on disabilities, mental health, interpersonal skills, counseling, health, pharmacology, teaching and intervention strategies. You'll participate in a field placement gaining first hand of experience.