Areas of focus as a PSW

Becoming a PSW is just the start to an exciting career in health care that can take you anywhere. Some PSWs go on to become nurses. Others choose to specialize in treating certain health conditions. You don’t have to pick a specific area of care as a PSW, but there are many conditions requiring special care that PSWs can choose to focus on. These areas involve additional training, skill sets, and compensation. They include:

  • Acquired Brain Injury     

  • Allergies     

  • Anxiety Disorders     

  • Asperger Syndrome     

  • Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD)     

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder     

  • Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)     

  • Cancer     

  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)     

  • Challenging Behaviours     

  • Developmental Disability     

  • Diabetes     

  • Dementia

  • Down Syndrome     

  • Dual Diagnosis     

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)     

  • Hearing Impairment     

  • Impulse Control and Addiction Disorders     

  • Intellectual Disability     

  • Learning Disabilities     

  • Medically Complex     

  • Mental Health     

  • Mood Disorders     

  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)     

  • Neuromuscular Disorders     

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)     

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)     

  • Palliative Care

  • Perinatal Care

  • Personality Disorders     

  • Physical Disability     

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)     

  • Psychotic Disorders     

  • Seizure Disorder     

  • Seizures     

  • Stress Response Syndromes

  • Visual Impairment


PSWs would typically receive certificates denoting their additional qualifications in these areas following a program of determined length typically offered by a college in partnership with a local hospital, home care provider, long-term care home, and hospice.


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Work for Life is about making sure everyone knows the opportunities available for Personal Support Workers. On this site you’ll find information on the opportunities available in the personal support industry, how easy it is to find work, and the meaningful impact you will have in people’s lives as a PSW.