Disability Support Worker/Social-Human Services

PROGRAM TYPEHealth Services

Improve Someone’s Quality of Life

Are you a supporter of change, equality, and inclusivity?

Are you caring, kind, and possess a sensitive personality with a desire to break down barriers in the lives of others? 

If so, a career as a Disability Support Worker is right for you!

As a Disability Support Worker (DSW), you assist those living with mental and physical disabilities to improve their overall quality of life. Working closely with persons with disabilities, DSWs identify the needs of each person and make a difference in their lives by alleviating loneliness, providing empathy, ensuring comfort, encouraging independence and promoting the person’s self-respect. DSWs are compassionate and understanding individuals, with strong communication and listening skills, who seek to provide the best possible support and care for their clients by developing strategies to help them navigate their daily lives with comfort and confidence. DSWs work with many different individuals facing a variety of mental and physical challenges, from behavioural disorders, to brain injuries, and learning disabilities.

Learn Skills to Help you Succeed

Following graduation from the Disability Support Worker/Social-Human Services program, students will find themselves with the knowledge and skillset to pursue careers in a variety of industry settings, such as residential settings, complex care facilities, group homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centres, and more. Over the course of the program, students will receive the following core certifications:

  • First Aid/CPR Level C
  • Non-Aversive Behaviour Change
  • Personal Care
  • Infectious Disease Control
  • Medication Awareness
  • Fire Safety
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Individual Program Planning
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • WHMIS and Occupational Health and Safety
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (A.S.I.S.T.)
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (C.I.S.M.)
  • Bereavement and Death Notification
  • Food Handling

Modules at a Glance

Maritime Business College employs a modular system of learning, allowing students to focus on one area of study at a time. Some of the curriculum covered includes (but is not limited to): 

  • Advocating for Others
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Psychology for Supporting Disabilities
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Behaviour Support Management
  • And more

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