DISCF-DP Disability and Community Support

Courses and Descriptions

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
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COMM-1158Interpersonal Communication
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This course explores the complex styles of communication within various forms of relationships including discussion of self-image, perceptual differences, emotions and the impact of language. The course also addresses nonverbal communication and explores a variety of dynamics within relationships including effective listening, appropriate self-disclosure, defensiveness, assertiveness and managing conflict. Interpersonal communication with respect to cross-cultural, Indigenous and diverse perspectives are examined.

CYCP-1022A Context for Practice With Indigenous PeoplesRPL
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This course will acquaint Child and Youth Care students with many of the significant issues affecting Aboriginal children, youth, and families. The theme of historical context and its relationship to cultural competence in child and youth care practice will be highlighted. In addition, the course will identify respectful ways in which Child and Youth Care professionals can incorporate an Aboriginal worldview into their care practices with children, youth, and families.

CYCP-1022A Context for Practice With Indigenous PeoplesRPL
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This course will acquaint Child and Youth Care students with many of the significant issues affecting Aboriginal children, youth, and families. The theme of historical context and its relationship to cultural competence in child and youth care practice will be highlighted. In addition, the course will identify respectful ways in which Child and Youth Care professionals can incorporate an Aboriginal worldview into their care practices with children, youth, and families.

DCSP-1001Academic CommunicationRPL
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Students will develop the writing skills that will assist them to communicate their ideas in an academic setting (e.g. how to write a term paper), complete an incident report at work, and make oral presentations (e.g. public speaking skills) for both the work and college environment. For this last area, students will prepare and deliver a multimedia presentation on a self-selected topic.

DCSP-1002Health, Medications, and Personal Care
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DCSP-1006Applied Teaching & LearningRPL
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This course focuses on a variety of teaching strategies for individuals with disabilities. Students will prepare a focused, in-depth, meaningful learning plan for an individual with a disability. In order to do this, students will review and practice a variety of teaching techniques, set appropriate goals and objectives, promote natural incentives, judge when to teach or assist, judge how to teach or assist, prioritize tasks to be learned, and evaluate teaching effectiveness.

DCSP-1007Exploring DisabilitiesRPL
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This course provides the student with information about various disabling conditions and the implications for supporting individuals in their daily lives. Specifically, students will explore the etiology, diagnosis, prevalence, incidence, and care related to a variety of conditions. Students will review current definitions and describe contemporary prevention and support strategies.

DCSP-1009Employment & DisabilityRPL
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Students will describe the range of vocational options currently available to people with disabilities. Supported employment will be a major focus of study for the student. Students will explain the supported employment process, describe a marketing approach, compare perspectives on natural supports, and identify current trends in the field.

DCSP-1012Human Services: Values & IssuesRPL
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Students will be introduced to the role that individual and societal values play in the treatment of individuals with an intellectual disability. Students will examine the historical evolution of service development and service delivery (segregation/integration, congregation/individualization, professional dominance/self-determination, client/citizen). Students will also examine the major issues that confront persons living with an intellectual disability in society today.

DCSP-1018Supported Community LivingRPL
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Students will explore the range of residential options currently available in the community. They will identify the skills necessary to assist people with disabilities to develop their own ideas of what they want their home to be. Students will describe the key features of self managed care, residential licensing procedures, and the role of the support personnel. Students will also study safety in the home, financial management, nutrition, and menu planning.

DCSP-1087Practicum-ResidentialRPL
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This course introduces students to a residential setting for individuals with disabilities. This experience will enable students to observe and practice the skills required as a residential support staff. This practicum involves working primarily during evenings and at least one weekend. This course is a mandatory course in the program. Students will spend 132 hours in a residential setting in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

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DCSP-1087Practicum-ResidentialRPL
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This course introduces students to a residential setting for individuals with disabilities. This experience will enable students to observe and practice the skills required as a residential support staff. This practicum involves working primarily during evenings and at least one weekend. This course is a mandatory course in the program. Students will spend 132 hours in a residential setting in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

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DCSP-1281Practicum-Employment/Day ServiceRPL
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This course introduces students to an alternative/employment related setting for individuals with disabilities. This experience will enable students to observe and practice the skills required as a support staff in an agency that assists individuals to work and live in the community. This practicum involves working primarily during the day. This course is a mandatory course in this program. Students will spend 152 hours in an employment day service setting in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

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DCSP-1281Practicum-Employment/Day ServiceRPL
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This course introduces students to an alternative/employment related setting for individuals with disabilities. This experience will enable students to observe and practice the skills required as a support staff in an agency that assists individuals to work and live in the community. This practicum involves working primarily during the day. This course is a mandatory course in this program. Students will spend 152 hours in an employment day service setting in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

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DCSP-2000Understanding Complex BehaviourRPL
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The objective of the course is to assist students to describe the context of behavioural difficulties and to articulate the underlying conflicts that may lead to behaviour problems for individuals with disabilities. Students will discuss a variety of ways of supporting individuals with complex behavioural issues.

DCSP-2001Advocacy & Disability
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Students will be introduced to the need for strong advocacy on behalf of and by people with disabilities. They will review related human rights legislation and outline the principles of effective advocacy. Students will also identify strategies to encourage family, friends, and the individual to become involved in advocacy.

DCSP-2003Applied Literacy Skills
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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 work directly with a learner to develop an individualized literacy plan.

DCSP-2004Sexuality and RelationshipsRPL
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Students will describe ways to facilitate healthy attitudes towards sexuality in relation to people with disabilities. They will utilize information to develop appropriate teaching strategies to help individuals learn about intimate relationships, and the prevention of sexual abuse and sexually transmitted diseases.

DCSP-2006Practicum-Education
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This course introduces students to a school setting for children or young adults with disabilities. This experience will enable students to observe and practice the skills required to work as an Educational Assistant in different types of school settings. This course is a mandatory course in the program. Students will spend 140 hours in an educational setting in Semester 3.

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DCSP-2007Practicum Seminar 3
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In Practicum Seminar 3, students will examine the structure of services and the role of profit and not-for-profit agencies in the provision of support for persons with disabilities. Students will review personal and professional development areas relating to employment. They will also prepare for Practicum-Education.

DCSP-2008Exploring Disabilities & Mental Health
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Students will describe a variety of mental health, physical, and injury-related disabling conditions. Specifically, they will explore the etiology, diagnosis, prevalence, incidence, and care related to these disabling conditions. Students will review current definitions and describe contemporary prevention and treatment/support strategies.

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DCSP-2010Exploring Community Through the Arts
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This course assists students in exploring the variety of creative opportunities for meaningful involvement in community life such as theatre, music, and art. Students will explore their own creative potential and consider strategies for assisting individuals to be included in artistic aspects of their homes and communities.

DCSP-2011Family & Disability
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Students will be provided with an orientation to family dynamics with the emphasis being placed on families who have a member with a disability. They will recognize the importance of respect for families and the need to support their involvement in the life of their family member.

DCSP-2013Inclusive Classroom Support
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Students will be provided with an overview of the educational system. They will review the evolution of special education services, the range of existing educational opportunities, work experience, and transition issues. Students will review strategies to support children and youth with modified and adapted curricula in inclusive school environments. They will also examine the role of the teaching assistant in the educational context.

DCSP-2016Person Centred Planning
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Students will be provided with a comprehensive overview of individual planning tools. They will review and apply PATHs, MAPs, IPPs and other current planning approaches used in the province. Students will incorporate current information on the importance of inclusion, empowerment, and individualization in the planning process.

DCSP-2017Conceptual Frameworks in Disability Support
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This course is designed to introduce the student to a number of issues that are current in the field. Students will review human rights/social legislation, de-institutionalization, abuse, family supports, service models, and advocacy.

DCSP-2026Augmentative and Alternative Communication
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Students will examine a range of augmentative communication systems for individuals with disabilities. They will explore and utilize symbol systems, computer-assisted technology, sign language and facilitated communication.

DCSP-2190Selected Topics in Disability
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This is a self-directed research course. It provides the opportunity for individual student research related to a particular area of interest. In this course, students will review current issues and topics related to disability. The focus may vary from year to year to reflect changes in thinking and research within the field.

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DCSP-2276Practicum Seminar 2RPL
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Practicum Seminar 2 assists students in planning for Practicum-Residential and Practicum-Employment/Day Service. The principles of group dynamics and team work as well as how to plan for life-long personal and professional growth will be covered in this course.

DCSP-3000Community Membership & Disability
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Students will identify the competencies required to facilitate and support the meaningful inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the community. They will examine the concepts of integration and community, and learn a variety of strategies to facilitate successful integration.

DCSP-3007Supervision in Human Service Settings
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This course provides students with information about how to manage and supervise personnel in social service settings. Students will describe leadership roles and management styles, the importance of team-building, methods of conflict-management, strategies for staff appraisal and motivation, and ways of resolving performance problems.

DCSP-3008Practicum-Final
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This course enables students to have some choice in deciding where to complete their final practicum. Options may include residential, employment, or day service, and educational, advocacy, or community development. Students will be guided in making this decision by the practicum co-ordinator based on their career plan, as well as their academic record, general aptitude, and interest in a particular setting. The practicum co-ordinator reserves the right to make the final decision. This practicum may also be a paid practicum if the student has been offered employment during Semester 4 of the program. This course is a mandatory course in the program. Students will spend 173 hours at their site in Semester 4.

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DCSP-3041Applied Communication Skills
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Expanding on concepts established in Interpersonal Communications A and B, students will study the qualities and practice the skills required to support individuals with personal issues and difficulties.

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DCSP-3279Practicum Seminar 4
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Students will demonstrate employment preparation skills such as resume writing, career planning, and interview skills. Students will discuss practicum experiences, how knowledge and skill could be applied in the workplace, and plan for Practicum-Final.

PRAC-1275Practicum Seminar 1RPL
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Practicum Seminar 1 provides an orientation to practicum and assists students in planning for Practicum-Residential and Practicum-Employment/Day Service. Students will also demonstrate strategies related to time and stress management.

PSYC-1001Introduction to PsychologyRPL
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This course is an introductory study of general and developmental psychology. It is designed for students in health care programs and as such, is aimed at practical application of social science knowledge in the helping relationships. It emphasizes fundamental principles of growth and development. Key concepts of personality motivation, emotional behaviour and methods of coping/adapting are included. Overall, the student is expected to gain insight into the roots of human behavior from both a physical and psychological perspective.

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