Principles and Practices of Effective Direct Supports

Principles and Practices of Effective Direct Supports 

The work of a person who provides direct support to others is complex, multi-faceted, and critically important to the quality of life of those people who need that assistance. A person who provides direct support to others must make independent judgments on a daily basis that demonstrate both practical and ethical reasoning and decision-making. This course defines and discusses professionalism as it relates to direct support practice and explains how professionalism is achieved and practiced by those who support people who have disabilities. In this course, you will learn time-management and organization techniques to benefit the efficiency and effectiveness of your professional practice, as well as investigate the skills, knowledge, and attitudes you need to be truly practiced and competent in your important work. This course is written for direct support professionals and frontline supervisors who support people who have disabilities.

$30.00

Hours: 1.00
REL-IDD-OADSP-PPEDS

Certificates

Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

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This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

California Department of Social Services Adult Residential Facilities

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Relias, LLC is approved by the California Department of Social Services as a Continuing Education Program Vendor to provide Continuing Education training courses to administrators of Adult Residential Facilities.

Vendor/Provider # : 2000224-735-2
Approval # 224-0143-29886

This activity is approved by the California Department of Social Services for 1.00 contact hours.

California Department of Social Services Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program

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Relias Learning, LLC is approved by the California Department of Social Services as a Continuing Education Program Vendor to provide Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program Continuing Education training courses.

Vendor/Provider # : 2000224-733-2
Approval # 224-0143-29885

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California Department of Social Services Group Homes

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Relias, LLC is approved by the California Department of Social Services as a Continuing Education Program Vendor to provide Continuing Education training courses to administrators of Group Homes.

Vendor/Provider # : 2000224-730-2
Approval # 224-0143-29889

This activity is approved by the California Department of Social Services for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-OADSP-PPEDS
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 12/31/2022
Learning Objectives:
List and describe the key characteristics of an effective direct support worker.
Describe your role and purpose in supporting people with disabilities.
Describe behaviors that lead to successfully managing, organizing, and prioritizing the tasks associated with effective direct support practice.

Outline:
Section 1. Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2. A Changing Profession A. Evolution of the Field B. Partner versus Caregiver or Boss C. A “People-First” Attitude and Language D. Say What? E. NADSP: A National Professional Organization for Direct Supporters F. The 15 Competency Areas for DSPs G. Section Summary Section 3. Ethical Concerns: Integrity and Responsibility A. A Self-Directed Life in the Community B. Conflicting Values C. Seeking Advice and Guidance D. Role Modeling Valued Behaviors E. Helping Ray to Fly Solo F. Section Summary Section 4. Time Management and Organizational Techniques A. Making Time for the Important Things B. Time Management Efficiency Tips C. Put Paper in Its Place D. Section Summary Section 5. Five Essential Secrets of a Professional Support Worker A. The Secret to Excellent Direct Support Practice B. 1: Character C. 2: Attitude D. 3. Excellence E. 4. Competency F. Conduct G. Do’s and Don’ts H. Section Summary Section 6. Creating Collaborative Relationships A. Your Role: What It Is and What It Isn’t B. Mentoring and Supporting the Leader C. Taking the Lead D. Helping the Supported Person Initiate Community Connections E. Accessing Community Resources and Building Natural Support Systems F. Helping Katrina Connect G. Section Summary Section 7. Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributor C. References D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam

Instructor: Deb Easley, M.S.
Deb Easley, M.S. is the Training Coordinator for Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc. (LADD, Inc.) in Cincinnati, Ohio where she has worked for the past 18 years. Deb is one of the founding members of DSPATHS Credentialing Program and Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP). Her experience with DSPATHS includes being a Regional Manager, Instructor, Skill Mentor, Regional Coordinator, Regional Financial Administrator, Statewide Operations Administrator, and Curriculum Writer. Deb holds a Master of Science degree in Health Planning and Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Deb has personal and professional experience with the social and health issues encountered by people with disabilities and their families. Disclosure: Deb Easley, M.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Expert Reviewer: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. is a Clinical and Research Psychologist who has extensive clinical and administrative expertise working in the field of Behavioral healthcare at the county and state levels in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He has served as a Federal contractor in Behavioral Health. His work supported research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, the Military Operational Medicine Psychological Research Program at Ft. Detrick, and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Silver Spring, MD. For nine years he was the Director of State Operated Mental Health programs for At-Risk youth in Butner, North Carolina. He developed a number of webinars and a Peer Training course in Older Adult Behavioral Health Literacy for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, and National Libraries of Medicine. He served as Director of a Wellness and Recovery program in Gaithersburg, MD. Disclosure: Joseph Murphy, Ph.D. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry, Intermediate level Direct Support Professionals.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
Accommodations
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