This course explores philosophy, history and language connected with being of service to individuals with disabilities. The course explores a variety of forms of disability.

In this highly interactive course you will have an opportunity to experience and explore person centred approaches for the work you will do with children and adults with disabilities. We'll delve into a deeper understanding of behaviour as communication and develop a keen sense of respectful service that honours both the individual you are supporting and the context in which that support is offered.

This course is designed to encourage you to become clearer about how your support philosophy will show up in positive ways in your work. We'll also explore issues related to social skillfulness, abuse prevention and the ethics of touch. And we'll practice the art and science of documentation as we write about it all.

This course focuses on the need for planning, advantages and disadvantages of planning and the key elements of the planning process. The course examines how to identify and obtain information relevant to planning, formulation of long and short-term objectives, prioritization of objectives, and translation of objectives into action. Emphasis is placed on viewing planning as a dynamic process and analysis of human interaction as part of the planning process. Models for structuring positive interaction of all planning team members are reviewed.

This course is designed to introduce the essential concepts of health and wellness with emphasis on six dimensions of wellness including:  emotional, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, social and physical.  Students will examine health and wellness from two perspectives.  The first includes the examination of wellness in the students’ lives with emphasis on developing strategies to increase resiliency and well being in the work place.  The second dimension will focus on ways in which the wellness of others can be enhanced in a respectful, person-centred way that values personal choice and preferences.  The course will emphasize the importance of lifestyle changes being self-directed and on understanding ways in which we can support change in others and ourselves.  Lecture, interactive exercises and group discussions will be used to explore a variety of topics including:  stress management, diet and nutrition, aging, intimacy and relationships, immunity, safety, lifestyle, developing relationships and quality of life.  The importance of professional accountability and authenticity in supporting the wellness of others will be emphasized.


In this course you will explore alternative and augmentative forms of communication for people who may or may not use words to speak. You'll be introduced to scripts, signing, adaptive equipments and visual learning strategies. And you'll have an opportunity to learn about new technologies with special guests bringing in the latest in computerized speech language supports.

Being heard is a fundamental human right. Your learning in this course will support you to assist individuals to have their voice heard. With respect, sensitivity and clarity.

This seminar, CCSW 179, will allow students time for integration of their practicum work experience and peer support.

This course provides students with an opportunity to work and observe in an educational or community living setting under the direction of college instructors and on-site staff.

The focus of this practicum is to provide students with an opportunity to interact with children or adults with challenging conditions, to develop objective documentation skills and to observe the techniques and procedures used by on-site staff.

A seminar, CCSW 179, will allow students time for integration of their work experience and peer support.

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