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Community and Developmental Service Worker Program Summary

Trillium College’s Community and Developmental Service Worker (CDSW) diploma program gives you the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to offer support as a community service worker , A community and developmental service worker can work with social worker who assists people of all ages who have mental and physical disabilities or who face challenges with mental health and/or addictions. A service worker is trained to help those who struggle with a variety of social challenges.

Our community and developmental service worker program gives you the skills needed to work as part of a social worker team that supports individuals by facilitating appropriate social, physical and mental health services. You will develop skills as a community and developmental service worker in client assessment, client education, referral procedures, and effective monitoring of client treatments.

In addition, you will learn about the interaction of the mind and body in relation to our health. You will also learn how a community and developmental service worker facilitates goal-planning and achievement strategies to help clients reach their full potential and play a vital role in society.

Areas of Focus

This academic Community and Developmental Service Worker program covers information in the following subject areas:
  • Becoming a Helping Professional in Human Services
  • Utilizing Community Resources
  • Understanding Issues of Diversity
  • Working with High-risk Populations
  • Working with Addiction and Mental Health Issues
  • Dynamics within Families
  • Communication Techniques and Processes
  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Structure, Function and Common Disorders of the Human Body
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Fundamentals of Psychology and Sociology
  • Interviewing and Counselling Strategies
  • Concepts in Behavioral Management
  • Pharmacology
  • Legal Awareness, Reporting and Documentation
You will perform 40 hours of volunteer service in the community prior to beginning a community and developmental service worker placement. After completion of the in-class components and volunteer service, you will gain valuable professional experience in community and developmental support settings in a comprehensive placement experience.

Employment Opportunities

As a graduate of Trillium College’s Community and Developmental Service Worker (CDSW) diploma program, the opportunities you can pursue span nearly all aspects of human services. You may find employment as a life skills instructor, community development worker, community service worker, crisis intervention worker, developmental service worker, drop-in center worker, family service worker, group home worker, mental health worker, Aboriginal outreach worker, social services worker, veteran services officer, welfare and compensation officer, youth worker, child and youth worker, addictions worker, women's shelter supervisor, rehabilitation worker. Potential work settings for a service worker may include community residences, private homes, recreation programs, schools, hospitals, social services, and government agencies.

Salary: According to jobbank.gc.ca an average salary for a social and community service worker is $21.54 per hour (NOC 4212).

Community and Developmental Service Worker School

The Community and Developmental Service Worker program at Trillium College is offered at the following schools for social work in:

 

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent, or mature student status (18 years of age)
  • Current immunization record
  • Submission of a clear Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) report with Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Completed Vulnerable Sector Screening waiver
 

Community and Developmental Service Worker Program Details:

Our Community and Developmental Service Worker (CDSW) diploma program provides the knowledge and skills you need to offer support as a service worker .

Our community and development service worker program prepares you to locate and provide appropriate social, physical and mental health services for those in need. You will develop skills as a service worker in client assessment, client education, referral procedures, and effective monitoring of client treatments. You will learn how to offer meaningful support to individuals who have mental and physical disabilities or face challenges with mental health, addictions, and struggle with a variety of other social challenges.

After completion of the in-class components of the Community and Developmental Service Worker program as well as 40 hours of volunteer service, you will gain valuable professional experience in a service worker placement experience.

Graduation Requirements

An overall average of 70% must be obtained to graduate with a minimum mark of 60% in any given module

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