Personal Support Work

Allied health is a term for the area of healthcare (and health care professions) which offer care and support services other than specific nurse and doctoring care. Sometimes, the line between allied health and “non-allied health” may appear to be separated by the level of education/ degree, although this isn't always true.

Allied health career paths may be divided into general roles such as diagnostic (testing to see what is wrong), technical (taking care of technology aspects), therapeutic (moving the patient toward healing) and direct patient care (other ways of caring for the patient), although a few roles have some overlap. There are a couple of hundred potential jobs and dozens of potential settings for one to work in.

The career field is important for multiple reasons. Firstly, the support and care that allied health professionals offer is integral to the health care system. Furthermore, it is estimated that these professionals make up more than half of the entire health care field. This representation within the industry demonstrates how important the varying roles are. This course focuses on select careers in allied health, studying various differing levels, settings, responsibilities, education needs and degrees of patient contact.

We will examine aspects such as the training or degree required for each job, the environment one may work in, the amount of money they could make and facts of their typical working day.Next, we will explore important aspects within each job group, which apply to the entire allied health field, including behaving ethically, working in a team, keeping patients safe and free from germs and infections, meeting the diverse needs of different patients, and complying with laws and policies.The final unit will then feature various activities that enable the student to engage seriously with their career selection and exploration.


  • Learn about allied health careers, lifestyle, academic preparation, required skills, credentialing and licensing.
  • explore legal and ethical challenges in the field of healthcare.
  • understand the role of allied health care professionals in the overall environment of healthcare, as well as the importance of teamwork in patient care.
  • examine the importance of social, ethnic and cultural diversity in the healthcare environment and workforce.
  • learn regulatory and legal guidelines that address medical and patient information and understand confidentiality-related issues.
  • learn about regulatory requirements and safety measures.


Because this course heavily leans on research and reporting, students must already know how to select appropriate resources, particularly online, and how to cite these resources properly. Resources and Supplies: 2-4 pieces of poster board/large paper (or graphics/drawing software) Access to media/newspaper archives 2-5 Paper plates Drawing tools Suggested: Copy of the book "Alex, the Life of a Child" by Frank DeFord

(click on the module heading to reveal a lesson by lesson breakdown)


  • Course Overview
  • Physical Growth and Development of our Bodies
  • Cognitive Development – Learning to Think
  • Project: Child's Play
  • Socioemotional Development, Personality, and Behavior
  • Project: Why Do We Obey?
  • Quiz 1: The Nature of Development and Developmental Perspectives
  • Prenatal Blueprints and Development Milestones
  • Infancy: From Birth through the First Year Project: Baby Steps
  • Getting Through the First Year
  • Project: My Baby Book
  • Quiz 2: Biological Beginnings: Prenatal and Infancy Project: Special Project
  • Unit 1 Test
  • Course Project Part 1: The Game of Life – Objective
  • Glossary and Credits

  • Changes in Early Childhood
  • Cognitive Development in Early Childhood
  • Project: Cooking Spaghetti
  • Socioemotional Development
  • Project: The Emotion Book
  • Quiz 1: Early Childhood: Toddlerhood and Preschool
  • Physical Growth
  • Cognitive Development
  • Project: Developmental Milestones Chart
  • Pre-Teens’ Socioemotional Personality Project: Same-Sex or Single-Sex Schools?
  • Quiz 2: Middle and Late Childhood: From Kindergarten Through Elementary School
  • Project: Special Project
  • Unit 2 Test
  • Course Project Part 2: The Game of Life – The Look and Feel
  • Glossary and Credits

  • Puberty and Physical Growth
  • Who Am I? Developing a Healthy Identity
  • Project: Who Am I?
  • Adolescent Cognitive and Moral Development and Values
  • Project: Peer Pressure
  • Quiz 1: Changes and Challenges of Adolescence
  • Adolescence and Relationships
  • Rearing Adolescents
  • Project: Four Families
  • When Things Don't Go Well
  • Project: Health Alert
  • Quiz 2: Socioemotional Development
  • Project: Special Project
  • Unit 3 Test
  • Course Project Part 3: The Game of Life – Building the Board
  • Glossary and Credits

  • High School Teen to College Young Adult
  • Love and Close Relationships: A Family of One's Own
  • Project: Intimacy
  • Careers – What I Want to Be
  • Project: Career Assessment
  • Quiz 1: Young Adulthood
  • Generativity – Families, Children, and Beyond
  • Midlife Crises
  • Project: The Positive Parts of Middle Adulthood Finances and Retirement
  • Project: Does College Pay Off?
  • Quiz 2: Middle Adulthood
  • Project: Special Project
  • Unit 4 Test
  • Course Project Part 4: The Game of Life: Developing a Marketing Plan
  • Glossary and Credits

  • The Aging Brain
  • Relationships in Older Couples
  • Project: Time and Change
  • Grasping the Meaning and Purpose in Life
  • Project: Is Old Age a Problem to be Solved?
  • Quiz 1: Aging and Death
  • Death
  • End-of-Life Decision Making
  • Project: Advance Directives
  • Grieving
  • Project: Stages of Grief
  • Quiz 2: Death, Dying and Grief
  • Project: Special Project
  • Unit 5 Test
  • Course Project Part 5: The Game of Life: More Marketing
  • Glossary and Credits

  • Course Project Part 6: The Game of Life: Developing Directions
  • Review
  • Exam


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