Full Time: February 18, 2020 – December 30, 2020Apply
The Community Support Worker Diploma program focuses on the skills necessary to assist clients with their physical, vocational, recreational, social, emotional and daily skill development.
Community Support Worker students will learn how to support clients in achieving the highest degree of independence and quality of life possible.
Apart from learning about behaviour management and counselling, you will also receive training in crisis intervention, learning and support strategies, creating community inclusivity, health and wellness, communication skills and more. As a community support worker, you will help support individuals with developmental disabilities, social and personal problems, and ensure their overall well-being.
Community Support Workers are the main points of contact for many individuals with disabilities. Their understanding of specific disabilities, awareness of their own perceptions of disabilities, and competence in providing the necessary support and care to individuals with specific disabilities is crucial for effective community contribution.
The Community Support Worker Diploma helps students obtain the knowledge, skills and practical experiences necessary to start a career as a Community Support Worker. Throughout the program, students will:
Graduates of Community Support Worker program will be able to obtain positions within the following fields:
This course will introduce the student to Microsoft Office applications that are most commonly used in document preparation and report writing.
This course will provide an overview of the fundamental elements of interpersonal communication, verbal and non-verbal behaviour, resolving interpersonal conflicts and report writing.
Students will gain an understanding of, and exposure to, a variety of potential environments throughout this course. Students will also learn more about their role, potential job descriptions, professional code of conduct and ethics.
This course will focus on human development from infancy to adulthood. The emphasis will be on the strategies to support clients during their development.
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of psychology and human behaviour.
Students will be introduced to the principles and philosophies of psychosocial rehabilitation, education and planning, and service delivery. A comprehensive understanding will be given on common psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and affective disorders.
This course will introduce the theory underlying behaviour techniques that comprise behaviour modification. Discussions on the day-to-day living with disabled persons, as well as its moral, ethical and legal aspects will be considered.
This course will cover the receptive and expressive communication differences. Students will also learn to use other communication options to augment or replace speech.
This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of complex challenges that people with specialized needs face. Students will learn to apply evidence-based informed research to develop support strategies for individuals with disabilities, ensuring that they feel supported in the community. Coverage will be given to FASD and ASD.
This course will present students with basic drug information, including pharmacological concepts. They will also learn their professional boundaries and legal obligations related to supporting and teaching clients to be independent with their medications.
Students will learn to motivate, teach and support the independence of persons with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities with a variety of daily activities, including grooming, mobility, feeding, toileting and bathing. Things like infection control, body mechanics and standard precautions will be covered to protect students and the people they will be supporting.
This course will assist students in learning to recognize and appreciate the importance of each client’s personal choice and their unique individual support needs without compromising health and safety. The course concludes by illustrating various methods for teaching self-help, as well as domestic, community, vocational and leisure skills, utilizing functional curriculum and task analysis.
This course will provide students with the skills necessary to prepare for, seek and secure employment in their field of study. Topics will include resumes and cover letters, interview skills, dress code, and professionalism.
Over six weeks, students will gain the practical experience necessary to work effectively in the community. Students will have an opportunity to work at a level comparable to that of employable community support workers. Evaluation assignments must be completed.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicants should also provide the following additional documents:
For more details, please see our Admissions Policy.
Tuition fees for this program are due and payable at least 30 days prior to the cohort start date. Students with guaranteed funding arrangements will be exempt from this requirement provided that they produce documentary proof at least 30 days prior to the cohort start date.
All formats of the program are eligible for Canada Student Loans, other forms of government funding, and bank financing. However, students are responsible for making their own funding arrangements and are advised to contact the relevant funder well in advance of the start date to make an application.
Application and tuition fees for this program are as follows:
Note: Tuition fees do not include the cost of the required textbooks. The approximate textbook fee is $1,135.