Community Residential Worker

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    800 hours of in-class instruction

    280 Hours Work Placement (practicum) experience

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Share your values of care and respect for individuals with the community residential worker program. Work with people experiencing mental illness, autisim, learning disabilities, and other special conditions.

Be prepared to work in small option and group homes, respite care, public and private social services agencies, adult vocational centers, and eductional settings.

Program Description

The Community Residential Worker program is designed to provide opportunities for participants to develop the basic knowledge, skills, practical experience, and values necessary to work with individuals with exceptionalities who require support to reach their potential.

Students graduating from the Community Residential Worker Program will be trained to work with people experiencing mental illnesses, autism, learning disabilities, and other special conditions. In doing so the student will help the individual to achieve maximum independence in daily living.

The Community Residential Worker Program is based on the guiding principle that all human service para-professionals need training comprised of courses that ensure the acquisition of applicable knowledge, the competent use of required skills, and the values of caring and respect for individuals leading to the promotion of self-development. Core courses are shared with other programs within Island Career Academy to increase options for students who wish to further their education.

Program Duration

800 hours of in-class instruction

280 hours of work place (practicum)experience

Course of study will include the following:
  • Social Aspects of Residential Care
  • Mental Impairment/ Special Conditions
  • Understanding Persons With Disabilities
  • Mental Illness: Past, Present, Future
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder/Pervasive Development Disorders
  • Principals of Personal Care/ Hygiene
  • Medication Awareness
  • Healthy Choices
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Non Aversive Behavior Changes
  • Individual Program Planning
  • Concepts of Learning Through Interdependence
  • Verbal/Non-verbal Communication
  • Theory & History of Recreation & Leisure
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Education
  • Special Conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Cerebral Palsy, Dyslexia, Epilepsy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Legal Mandates and Practices/Safety in the Workplace
  • Job Stress
  • Educational Training Kits
  • Progressive Quality Supervision

The Community Residential Worker Program promotes readiness for employment in the community by developing the abilities and willingness to function effectively within teams.

The specialty courses focus on practical strategies for implementing supportive programs to foster the individuals with exceptionalities to reach their fullest potential.

Graduates will be qualified to work in small option homes, group homes, respite care, Adult Vocational Centers, public and private social service agencies as well as educational settings.

Entrance Requirements

The entrance requirements for this program are Grade 12, GED, or minimum Wonderlic (12) cut score, and a clear Criminal Record/ Vulnerable Sector Check, and a Child Abuse Registry Check.

  • Clear Criminal Record Check
  • Clear Child Abuse Record Check

Relevant certifications acquired during this program include:

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Standard First Aid
  • CPR level C
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Food Handlers
  • Fire Safety Training
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