Take on a rewarding career as a developmental services worker where you can make a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities by learning how to effectively support their emotional, mental, physical, and social needs.
You'll first learn about the stages of human development, and the range of community supports available for persons with developmental disabilities. In the following semesters, you will learn intervention techniques, person-centered planning, abnormal psychology/dual diagnosis, basic pharmacology, how to support people with autism, augmentative forms of communication, and prevention of and effective responses to people who have been abused. As a developmental services worker, you will also develop the relationship building and critical thinking skills required to assist people with intellectual disabilities in identifying problems and solutions.
In-class learning will be complemented by extensive hands-on experience gained through five block placements, beginning with a placement one day a week for nine weeks in semester and continuing with placements in semesters three and four. Cambrian College's Developmental Services Worker Program has the largest number of block placements of any Ontario college.
What's in it for you?
- Community Support Worker
- Educational/teaching assistant
- Seniors program counsellor
- Day program counsellor
- Classroom assistant in a daycare program
- Developmental Services Worker
Across these career outcomes, salaries in Canada range from:
$33,200 to $44,800
Fast-track options may be available through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and/or Advanced Standing if you have related work experience or a related diploma/degree. There are also opportunities for summer and/or part-time employment with local organizations.
Plan your future
Minimum technology requirements
- Regular access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection
- Web cam and headset
- Personal computer
- Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 operating system
- Web browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
- Apple Mac
- OS X operating system
- Web browser: Firefox or Safari
You’ll be accessing industry-standard software as part of your program. Your program coordinator and IT will set you up with access on your computer or within our campus labs. If you have any questions about these technology requirements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (705) 566-8101, ext. 7303.
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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD policy to ensure a rich and flexible learning experience. Learn more about BYOD by clicking here.