Community Support Worker

4 Ways Community Support Workers Make Our World a Better Place

Are you motivated to make a real, meaningful difference in your community? Would you like to make a positive impact on the lives of those around you? Community Support Worker training can help you do just that, through the meaningful support you can provide to people with disabilities. In the words of community support work…

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CSW Training in Action at ‘HEAT’ Emergency Homeless Shelters

Each year, harsh winter temperatures make the lives of Vancouver’s homeless population even more difficult. Sleeping on the streets in the winter can be potentially life-threatening and with temperatures dropping as low as -9°C last year, finding shelter for the homeless community during the coming months is a huge concern for city officials. Vancouver’s HEAT…

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Different Career Opportunities for Community Support Workers: Adult Protective Services

If you pursue a community support worker (CSW) diploma, you’ll be eligible for a variety of meaningful, rewarding careers. One option for those trained in community support work is devoting your career to adult protective services. In Canada, adult protective services refer to the essential work of helping some of our country’s most vulnerable adults…

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Working as a Community Support Worker

There once was a time when I visited a radio station and asked the program director what she looked for in new employees. The message she’d given to all the new employees was: “Congratulations on graduating from your program. Now, forget everything you learned in school. It’s time to start over.” Learning all that encompasses…

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Finished the Community Support Worker Program

After eight months in school, it’s finally over. It felt surreal being back in class for our last day. It felt like so much time had passed since I last saw my classmates, yet its only been one month. I learned so much during the practicum that going back to school for one final day…

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Second Part of My Community Support Worker Practicum

Hello everyone! Thank you for continuing to follow my journey as a Community Support Worker student. If there are any specific questions you may have about what I’ve written about school or about working as a community support worker, please let me know. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming! When I first started the…

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The CSW’s Role in Treating Dual Diagnosis

In Canada, dual diagnosis refers to an individual who is affected by both a developmental disability and a mental illness. Diagnosing a mental health illness in a person who also has a developmental disability can take time. This is because the process takes the patient’s health, as well as their psychological, behavioral and developmental conditions…

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Types of Conflict Seen as a Community Support Worker

I’ve identified three types of conflict that CSWs will encounter in the field. Conflict between support workers and the individuals they support, conflict between a support worker and a supervisor/another support worker and conflict between two individuals that we support. In order to create conflict-free zones in the workplace I suggest never arguing with anyone…

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First Week of Community Support Worker Practicum

First full week of practicum (CPE) = First full week of challenges Finally! The wait is over. After seven months in the Community Support Worker program we are able to do real hands-on work experience and really learn what it’s like to be a full-time Community Support Worker. Our one month practicum is a full-time…

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A Day in the Life of a Community Support Worker

If you want to work with others, help patients achieve a better quality of life, and enjoy fulfilling work at a rewarding job, then community support work might be the career path for you. Community support work is all about variety. No two jobs are exactly the same and no two patients are the same…

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