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Disability Support Worker

Disability Support Worker (formerly Rehabilitation Worker) is a certificate program that provides knowledge and skill development related to helping individuals with challenging needs/disabling conditions reach their optimal level of functioning within their society. If you are patient, friendly and interested in helping people, this program can help you develop the skills you need to help individuals in all levels of daily living activities.

You will be prepared as a front line worker. You will be exposed to a variety of caring, secure and stimulating environments where you will have opportunities to develop and demonstrate your skills in program planning and implementing appropriate activities for persons with disabilities. Theory and practicum experiences will provide you with opportunities to develop a broad knowledge base. You will learn how to care for a wide range of people, from infants to adults.

This program is available in full through distance and/or continuing education. The program is available full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Saskatoon. For complete program information, check the program page.


You will study fundamental personal care skills for daily living while integrating basic concepts of respect, safety and rehabilitation. Opportunity to practice and demonstrate the skills will be provided. You will study skills needed for assisting in feeding, toileting, grooming, lifting and transferring. You will be introduced to skills needed which support individuals to maintain optimal levels of independence.

40 hours/12 weeks Additional costs: Required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 30, 2017 - April 23, 2017
Mandatory Workshop April 22 & 23, 2016.
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-399
You will study the implementation process of various approaches and strategies used to support positive behaviours. The concept of behaviour as a communication tool will be explored.

This course currently has no offerings.

You will learn strategies for crisis prevention and be introduced to the model of Crisis Intervention. You will explore the role of self awareness, triggers and response patterns in conflict situations. You will learn techniques and skills to resolve conflict without the use of force. You will demonstrate the skills of crisis prevention by doing a five minute role play. The role and purpose of crisis debriefing will be discussed and reviewed.

Out of province students please call 306-659-4034 (Saskatoon)

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
April 10, 2017 - June 2, 2017
Mandatory Workshop May 27, 2016.
Registration deadline: April 14, 2017
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$255.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-404
The course provides you with an introductory experience working with individuals with disabilities in agencies. The services you provide will prepare you for later course work and help you confirm your career choice.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by the practicum advisor prior to registration.

60 hours/2 weeks (Saskatoon) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 29, 2016 - June 5, 2017
Registration deadline: May 5, 2017
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$294.00DistanceCRN: 201609-1065
September 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Registration deadline: May 15, 2017
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$294.00ClinicalCRN: 201609-37
The course provides you with an opportunity to apply knowledge and principles learned in the program. You will develop the skills needed to work as a front-line employee in a residential, centre-based or communitybased agency which provides services to individuals with disabilities.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by the practicum advisor prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Basic Care Skills (PERS 180), Disability Support Worker Certificate Orientation 1 (ORTN 382), DSW Integration Seminar 1 (SEM 184)


120 hours/4 weeks (Saskatoon) Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
August 29, 2016 - June 5, 2017
Registration deadline: June 2, 2017
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$591.00DistanceCRN: 201609-1066
September 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Registration deadline: May 15, 2017
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$588.00ClinicalCRN: 201609-38
Building on the experience you gained in your first practicum, you will develop greater independence and expand the skill set needed to work as a front-line employee in a residential, centre-based or community-based agency providing services to individuals with disabilities.

You must be assessed for practicum readiness by the practicum advisor prior to registration.

Prerequisites: Comprehensive Behavioural Support (HUMS 180), Crisis Prevention (SFTY 184), Employability Skills (EMPL 180), (), Person Centered Planning (PLAN 182), Interpersonal Communications (COMM 291), Professional Role (SPSY 287), Quality of Life Enhancements (HLTH 182), Sexuality and Disabilities (HUMD 191), Human Growth & Development (HUMD 188), Intro Disability Support Serv (SPSY 185), Understand Exceptionalities 2 (SPSY 291), DSW Integration Seminar 2 (SEM 284), Completion of all Disability Support Worker certificate theory courses,


150 hours/5 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
September 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Registration deadline: May 15, 2017
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$735.00ClinicalCRN: 201609-39
You will receive instruction and practice in written communication skills needed for the workplace. You will develop effective job search strategies. Emphasis will be placed on communicating a professional image.

Online courses use an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at a time that is convenient ot the student.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials Online: no additional materials required
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 12, 2017 - March 16, 2017
Thu - 6:30-9:30 pm
Room: 218.3
Registration deadline: January 12, 2017
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$415.00ReginaCRN: 201603-123
January 23, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: January 27, 2017
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-375
February 13, 2017 - June 30, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-374
April 10, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: April 10, 2017
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$578.00OnlineCRN: 201604-41
You will learn the physical, sensory, perceptual, cognitive, social, and personality stages of human growth and development from conception to death.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: January 13, 2017
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$525.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-390
January 9, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
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$525.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-741
You will develop employability skills through the study of interpersonal communications theory and applications in the workplace. Learning outcomes include the importance of self-awareness and self-esteem, perception problems, verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, creating positive communication climates and resolving interpersonal conflict.

The online course uses an asynchronous tool, allowing access to course material at any time convenient for the student. High-speed internet is recommended.

Additional costs: Text
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 16, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-290
January 16, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Registration deadline: January 20, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-345
January 30, 2017 - April 28, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-197
February 13, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-344
March 27, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: April 7, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-198
April 10, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: April 10, 2017
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$408.00OnlineCRN: 201604-39
You will study the philosophy, perceptions, values and political forces that have shaped services for people with disabilities. You will examine the services available for persons with disabilities. You will study the evolution and outcomes of person-centred approaches.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 3, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Registration deadline: January 6, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-408
You will be introduced to the process of program planning and implementation. The focus will be person-centered planning. You will study the skills needed for accurate report writing and documentation.

40 hours/20 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 30, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-400
You will study aspects of professionalism as it relates to the role of a person working in the rehabilitation field. You will examine the impact of ethics and the application of ethical principles in decision making, accountability, confidentiality and resolution of ethical dilemmas. You will be introduced to legislation that governs employer/employee relationships as well as legislation providing for the rights of individuals with disabilities. You will study cultural diversity and the importance of cultural sensitivity in the workplace.

30 hours/18 weeks Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 6, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-412
The course explores the concepts of holistic health and a person-centred approach to interactions as well as programming. You will develop an understanding of how people with disabilities benefit from this approach when applied to leisure and recreational activities.

40 hours/20 weeks. Additional costs: Required print materials.
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 30, 2017 - June 16, 2017
Registration deadline: February 3, 2017
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$415.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-378
Your studies will provide an introduction to human sexuality. You will study the biology of sexuality, human sexual behaviours and attitudes toward sexuality. You will receive information on sexually transmitted diseases, sexual health and contraceptive options. All material will be explored as it relates to people with disabilities.

Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials.
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 6, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$335.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-391
You will be provided with an introduction to the area of exceptionalities. You will discuss issues and trends in the field and problems associated with defining and identifying individuals with exceptionalities. You will study in depth specific areas of exceptionality: speech and language differences, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities and giftedness. Emphasis will be on the developmental consequences of having a disability and intervention strategies used with individuals with disabilities.

Same text used for both Studies of Exceptionality A and B

45 hours/20 weeks (Print), Additional costs: Text(s) and required print materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 9, 2017 - May 26, 2017
Registration deadline: January 13, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-410
This course is a continuation of Studies of Exceptionality A (SPSY 281). You will study in depth specific areas of exceptionality; behavioural disorders, hearing impairments, visual impairments, special health care needs, neurological disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders, and severe and multiple disabilities. Emphasis will be on the developmental consequences of having a disability and intervention strategies used with individuals with disabilities. You will review the needs of adolescents and young adults as they make the transition from schools and family homes into the community.

Same text used for both Studies of Exceptionality A and B

Prerequisites: Studies of Exceptionality A (SPSY 281)


45 hours/20 weeks (Print) Additional costs: Text(s) and required materials
Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 6, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-411
You will be introduced to the range of exceptionalities that persons with disabilities may experience across the lifespan. You will explore the role of the disability support worker who supports persons with exceptionalities. You will study developmental disabilities and autism, language and learning disabilities, intellectual and cognitive disabilities, dementia, and giftedness.

Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
January 23, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Registration deadline: January 27, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-409
You will continue the exploration started in Understanding Exceptionalities 1, SPSY 186. You will study mobility impairments, sensory processing disorders, complex needs, behaviour disorders, and mental health disorders. Your focus will be on the developmental consequences of having a disability and intervention strategies used with individuals with disabilities.

Prerequisites: Understand Exceptionalities 1 (SPSY 186)


Start and End DatesFeeLocationCRN
February 6, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Registration deadline: February 10, 2017
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$465.00Home Study (Print)CRN: 201603-415
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