Direct Support Professional

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Central West Specialized Developmental Services
  • Developmental Services
  • Child & Youth Worker
  • Social Work
  • Sports / Recreation
Full Time
  • Ontario - Peel Region - Ontario - Halton Region
Experienced (Non-manager)$22.65 - 24.62(Hourly)2019-12-182020-02-16

Central West Specialized Developmental Services (CWSDS) is a leader in providing residential, community participation supports and specialized services, assessment and treatment to individuals who have developmental disabilities, dual diagnosis, and/or challenging behaviours throughout the municipalities of Halton, Peel and Dufferin, and the regions of Waterloo and Wellington.

As a specialist in the field of developmental disabilities, CWSDS has experienced continued growth over the last five years.  We currently employ 300 staff covering a wide range of disciplines including clinical specialists such as Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Medical Doctors, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behaviour Analysts; Developmental Service Workers and Community Resource Workers.  Our support team comprised of human resources, finance, maintenance, housekeeping and a comprehensive management team round out our organization.

CWSDS is looking to hire Residential Counsellorsfull time and part time, with experience working in specialized supports environments, who will be responsible for:

  • Acting as an advocate for the client in identifying and ensuring that his/her needs are met.
  • Assisting the client in daily routines and the activities of daily living, including personal hygiene, bathing, toileting as required
  • Planning and implementing activities as per the Personal Support Plan (PSP) that meet the client’s recreational and leisure needs
  • Implement behavioural strategies as per the Behavioural Support Plan (BSP)
  • Providing First Aid as required
  • Dispensing medication as required
  • Transporting clients to various activities and appointments as needed using approved means of transportation.
  • Ensuring accurate and up to date documentation as detailed in policies and procedures.
  • Ensuring the health and safety of those in this program and that the environment is safe and free of hazards.
  • Working as a team member in planning and implementing activities and routines.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Developmental Services Worker Diploma (DSW)
  • Candidates who do not hold a DSW diploma may be considered if they have a Diploma (minimum 2 year program) or Degree from a recognized Community College/University in Social/Human Services. 
  • Candidates that are hired who do not hold a DSW Diploma will be required to complete Pharmacology within the first 6 months of employment plus 4 additional DSW courses within the first 2 years of employment. 
  • A minimum of two years’ previous experience supporting people with a developmental disability, mental health illness or Dual Diagnosis.
  • Experience working in specialized supports and/ or active treatment environments an asset.
  • An ability to work within a team, with other support providers, families, volunteers and community members
  • Very good oral and written communication skills.
  • A valid Class G driver’s license and willingness to drive.
  • First Aid and Advanced Safe Management certifications are required.

Hours of work: rotational, including day/ afternoon/evening/ weekend shifts.

Locations:  Oakville, Georgetown

All of our permanent full time and part time positions are entitled to benefits including pension plan, extended health and dental, life and long-term disability insurance.


In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Central West Specialized Developmental Services will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

All personal information is collected under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

We thank all applicants for your interest in our organization but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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