FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS DISAF-DP Disability and Community Support

Courses and Descriptions

Courses and Descriptions

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COMM-1173Communication Strategies
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Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

COMM-1174Academic Writing
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This course explores reading for comprehension, written and presentation communication skills. Students practice academic and objective writing. Students examine the research process for academic and practical purposes, proper referencing methods, and literature review techniques. 

COMM-2017Essential Communication in Human Service
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Students will continue to develop essential communication skills necessary in the field of human services in order to better understand how and why we communicate with each other. Students will work to improve their skills to support others using effective communication. Students will be introduced to the helping relationship using key aspects of psychology and to an in-depth exploration of communication styles, within various forms of relationships. Interpersonal communication with respect to cross-cultural, Indigenous and diverse perspectives is examined.

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DCSP-1020Employment and Disability
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Students will explore the role of work as well as the range of vocational options currently available to people with disabilities. Supported Employment, will be a major focus, with the student learning about the process, strategies, values, key concepts, marketing approaches and trends related to the supported employment model.

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DCSP-1021Values and Issues in Disability
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Students will be introduced to the role that values and attitudes play in the development of services and support for people with disabilities. The history of North American disability services and support (1800s – present) is presented, including the implications of institutionalization, eugenics. In addition, students will explore current topics that potentially have a heightened effect on individuals who have a disability.

DCSP-1022Supported Community Living
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This course provides students with an opportunity to explore the range of residential options currently available in the community through Community Living disAbility Services (CLdS). They will identify the skills necessary to assist people with disabilities to develop their own sense of home. Students will describe the key features of self-managed care, aging in place, residential licensing procedures, and the role of the Direct Support Professional (DSP). Students will become familiar with home management, financial management, nutrition and menu planning. They will also learn to provide health-related care to people with disabilities while attending to factors such as advocacy, privacy, safe practice, and individual preference when administering medications and providing personal care. The theme of home as a basic human need is related to each topic. 

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DCSP-2027Exploring Disabilities
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This course provides students with an introduction to various disabilities and the implications for supporting people in their daily lives. Students will explore the etiology, diagnoses, characteristics associated with a variety of conditions. Students will explore possible treatment/prevention and current support strategies. By the end of this course, students will have increased awareness of local supports and services available.

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DCSP-2028Understanding Complex Behaviour
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In this course students will explore the context of behavioural difficulties and articulate the underlying conflicts that may lead persons with disabilities to demonstrate complex behaviour.  Students will practice a variety of approaches when supporting a person. Students will also focus on self-care for the Direct Support Professional (DSP) and develop individualized wellness strategies.

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DCSP-2029Applied Teaching and Learning
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In this course students will learn various strategies for supporting people with disabilities in learning new tasks, pursuing their goals, and increasing independence in employment, residential, and community settings. Students will review current approaches to planning for learners and will put into practice the concepts, considerations, approaches and methods of effective individualized teaching.

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DCSP-2030Augmentative and Alternative Communication
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Students will be introduced to a range of Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems (AAC). Students will explore essential concepts, information, resources, and practices necessary to support the right of all individuals to communicate.

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DCSP-2031Disability and Mental Health
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This course provides students with an introduction to various mental health conditions and the implications for supporting people in their daily lives. Students will learn about how persons with intellectual disabilities are affected by mental health conditions (dual diagnosis) and explore possible treatment/prevention and current support strategies. By the end of this course, students will have increased awareness of strategies for promoting positive mental health as well as knowledge of local supports and services. 

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DCSP-2032Inclusive Education
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This course will acquaint students with the Manitoba education system and will provide strategies for supporting children and youth in an inclusive education environment. The evolution of special education services, the range of existing educational opportunities and the role of an educational assistant will be explored. This learning will be reinforced by completing the education-based practicum as part of the Disability and Community Support Program.

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DCSP-2033Person Centered Planning
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Students will explore and apply the values, principles, and practices of person-centered planning using tools such as PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) and MAP (Making Action Plans). Students will describe how these tools increase the possibility of community inclusion, personal empowerment, and individual development for persons with disabilities. Students will also review current planning practices in Manitoba and the requirement to do planning as outlined in the Vulnerable Person’s Act. 

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DCSP-2034Leadership and Teamwork in Human Services Settings
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This course prepares students for meaningful work, by providing them with information and techniques to engage effectively in collaborative and dynamic human service settings. Students will develop skills aimed at increasing their confidence and ability to contribute to a team environment. The concept of ‘leadership at all levels’ is woven through the topics, with emphasis on self-awareness, constructive communication and team building. 

DCSP-3002Conceptual Frameworks in Disability Services
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This course introduces students to the design and delivery of human services in the field of community living support. Students will become familiar with conceptual frameworks used to develop and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of a community living service. Students will practice informal evaluation for the purpose of service enhancement, using frameworks such as Social Role Valorization and Person Centred Approach, including Empowerment, Self-Determination, and Personal Outcome Measures. 

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DCSP-3003Applied Literacy
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Students will practice a variety of strategies that will assist people with disabilities to incorporate literacy into their everyday life experiences. Students will prepare and deliver individualized literacy plans through tutoring an adult learner with a disability in the areas of reading, writing, and numeracy. By the end of this course, students will better understand the impact of low literacy as well as the characteristics of effective tutor/learner relationships.

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DCSP-3004Sexuality and Relationships
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Students will identify and implement teaching strategies to encourage healthy attitudes towards sexuality and relationships for and with people who have disabilities. Areas of specific focus include sexual diversity, self-esteem, self-care, choice-making in intimate relationships, as well as the prevention of sexual abuse and sexually transmitted diseases.

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DCSP-3005Advocacy and Disability
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Students will be introduced to the concept of advocacy and various forms of advocacy. Students will examine the concept of rights and protections for people with disabilities. This course develops awareness needed to respond to, support and practice advocacy related to issues impacting people with disabilities.

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DCSP-4002Community Membership
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Students will identify the competencies required to facilitate and support the meaningful inclusion of people with disabilities into the community. They will examine the concepts of integration and community, as well as learn a variety of strategies to facilitate successful community membership.

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HUMA-1004A Context for Practice With Indigenous Peoples
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This course is intended to familiarize students with some of the current issues facing Indigenous children, youth and families in Manitoba. The themes of historical context and cultural humility in helping skills are the foundational theories. We will work toward embracing an Indigenous worldview in our practice and develop culturally respectful anti-oppressive child and youth care practice. Topics in the course include the impact of colonization and residential schools, the child welfare system, past and present, racism and prejudice and individual practitioner self-awareness.

PRAC-1090Practicum 1
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Practicum 1 provides students with an opportunity to gain field experience in a Residential or Employment/Day Service setting. This practical experience is supported by coursework where students will debrief about practicum experiences in relation to desired outcomes for persons with disabilities. Students will focus on the principles of The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act (VPA), as outlined by the Province of Manitoba. 

Over the course of the Disability and Community Support Program, students will complete practicum experience in two types of settings. In these settings, students will be introduced to and observe and practice skills required for these Direct Support Professional roles. Practicum-Residential involves working primarily evening hours and at least one weekend. Practicum Employment/Day involves working daytime hours.   

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PRAC-2090Practicum 2
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Practicum 2 provides students with an opportunity to gain field experience in a Residential or Employment/Day Service setting. This practical experience is supported by coursework where students will debrief about practicum experiences in relation to desired outcomes for persons with disabilities. Students will focus on the principles of group dynamics, teamwork, and planning for personal and professional growth in order to make a valuable contribution to their practicum/workplace setting.

Over the course of the Disability and Community Support Program, students will complete practicum experience in two types of settings. In these settings, students will be introduced to and observe and practice skills required for these Direct Support Professional roles. Practicum-Residential involves working primarily evening hours and at least one weekend. Practicum Employment/Day involves working daytime hours.

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PRAC-3090Practicum 3
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Practicum-Education provides students with an opportunity to gain experience supporting children/youth in an educational setting. This practicum enables students to observe and practice the skills needed to work as an Educational Assistant in a school setting.

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PRAC-4090Practicum Final
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