DSP Certification Trainings

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Assessment and Observation

Tony Thomas, LISW-S, ACSW

Accurate assessment and observation helps to identify physical or mental health problems, environmental triggers to behaviors or moods, and other key information essential to support planning for people with IDD/MI. This training highlights the role of the Direct Support Professional as a valuable observer, and reviews tools for documentation and communication of assessment information.

Behavior Support

Melissa Cheplic, MPH

Many people with IDD/MI engage in behavior that is disruptive, dangerous, or difficult. The Direct Support Professional is in a unique position to use behavior support to increase the person’s quality of life by recognizing and addressing underlying mental health conditions, discomfort, and medication side effects. The causes and functions of challenging behavior, as well as strategies and skills to support positive behavior are discussed in this training.

Crisis Prevention and Intervention

Melissa Cheplic, MPH

Crisis prevention includes methods that are intended to keep people from experiencing harmful events. Crisis intervention refers to strategies used once signs of crisis are already present. This training helps direct support professionals recognize how most crises can be prevented or interrupted by identifying potential catalysts to a crisis, including knowing symptoms and behavior triggers. This training also focuses on specific interventions for managing stress and burnout in people with IDD/MI and staff.

Health and Wellness

Astrid Berry, NADD-DDS

People with an IDD/MI diagnosis are at risk for more health and wellness problems than people without. They often take many medications and have barriers in communication that affect their ability to plan or organize information. These issues can make it more difficult for the person to take an active role in his/her health. This training reviews the implications and risk factors of co-occurring disorders as well as the role of the Direct Support Professional in supporting treatment, communication, medication management, wellness, and recovery.

Community Collaboration and Teamwork

Gwendolyn Barnhart, PhD

A significant barrier to effective services for all people with IDD/MI is the segregation and separation of systems. The Direct Support Professional has a critical role in helping the person navigate these system issues and connecting the individual to appropriate resources in the community. This training explores how knowledge and advocacy can address barriers to services by placing individuals at the center of his or plan and decisions.