The Personal Support Worker Program of the DSBN, following standards as set by the Ontario Community Support Association, is accredited through PSWEPA. In addition, DSBN PSW programs adhere to the credit curriculum as determined by the Ministry of Education.
Students who have successfully completed the full program (2 semesters) will receive a Personal Support Worker Certificate.
The District School Board of Niagara provides the student with the full range of training to work with clients who have a wide variety of individual health needs.
Personal Support Workers respect and support people’s desires to be as healthy and independent as their choices and capabilities allow. PSWs contribute to the quality of life of individuals who live in facilities and at home by promoting their independence, dignity, social, emotional, and physical well-being, as well as their mobility, comfort and safety.
Due to the move towards greater provision of care in the community and increased client care requirements, graduates from this program will be able to respond to the changing demands for service. This training program will give PSWs a broader choice of working in the community or in long-term care facilities.
The Personal Support Worker Program was developed as part of the Ontario government's plan to reform long-term care and support services provided to people living at home or in long term care facilities. The curriculum and standards mark the culmination of a joint initiative of the Ontario government and the Ontario Community Support Association to revise the training that prepares these workers. These standards are approved by OCSA and by The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.