Risk Management for Direct Support Professionals

Risk Management for Direct Support Professionals 

This course discusses the principles of risk management in direct support services. It focuses on the risks that direct support professionals, or DSPs, will face in their daily work. You will learn about the steps of the risk management process. You will also learn how to apply those steps to the supports you provide. This course includes information on both long-term risk planning and how to respond immediately to new risks.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals


This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-RMDSP
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2026
Learning Objectives:
Describe risk and the importance of risk in IDD services.
Explain the risk management process.
Identify strategies to manage risk in IDD services.

Section 1: Introduction

About This Course

Learning Objectives

Section 2: What is Risk Management?

Emily Has a Headache

What is Risk?

What are Risk Factors?

What Kinds of Risks do DSPs Face?

Why Manage Risk?

What is Risk Management?

What Would You Do?

Is Risk Always Bad?

Whose Risk is It?

Laws and Regulations

Making Choices

Teaching Skills



Section 3: Planning for Risks

Lisa Gets Lost

Risk Management Plans

A DSP’s Role

Five Steps of Risk Management

Step 1: Identify

Tools to Identify Risks

Lisa’s Concert: Identify

Step 2: Assess

Lisa’s Concert: Assess

Step 3: Plan

What’s in a Plan

Lisa’s Concert: Plan

Step 4: Act

Lisa’s Concert: Act

Step 5: Monitor

Lisa’s Concert: Monitor

Routine Risk Management



Section 4: Conclusion


Course Contributor



Instructor: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP
Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 14 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, program director, and training facilitator. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to IDD services. Disclosure: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP 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: Direct Support Professionals; in the following settings: Intellectual Developmental Disabilities.
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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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