Everything You Need To Know About
Developmental Service Work With Brett
Developmental Service Work is a healthcare occupation that not a lot of people know
about and is frequently confused with more common roles (like personal support work.)
However, working as a DSW is considered by many as one of the most rewarding
experiences in the field, as it makes a real difference in the lives of people with
disabilities and developmental difficulties.
To speak about the perks of working as a DSW and what this job really entails, we
spoke to Brett Boutilier, an experienced worker in this field for nearly 10 years and a
successful user of the Caring Support platform. This is what he told us.
To listen to the podcast version of this interview, click here or search for "The Caring
Support Podcast" on any major podcast streaming services!
Caring Support: What exactly does a DSW do?
Brett Boutilier: As developmental service workers, we work with individuals that have
developmental disabilities or some sort of physical disability. That can range from
people with autism, Down's syndrome, people that might have cerebral palsy, or that
are maybe in wheelchairs. Also, a lot of times now DSWs are getting into the field of
mental health as well. It's a great field to get into and such a rewarding field to be in.
CS: What motivated you to get into developmental service work?
BB: It's a funny story. When I was younger, I actually wanted to be a vet tech. I love
animals, so I wanted to be like in the vet kind of side of things. When I was in high
school, I was in a co-op placement, but I was away on vacation and when I came back,
the vet clinic spot was already taken, so I couldn't go there. So the only other place they
had was either in a school with people or individual students that had disabilities, or I
could work in some conservation area. Outdoor work with labour and all that; that's not
me. So I went for the school board. I had no idea what I was walking into. Growing up,
people with disabili