Direct Support Professional - DS11The Direct Support Professional Technical Certificate of Credit prepares students to become certified Direct Support Professionals who provide person centered values in working with and supporting people who have a disability. Admission to this program is open to employees of participating organizations and to family members and advocates that support people who have a disability. Graduates are prepared to better support individuals who have a disability in their community. Many social service organizations are seeking employees with the DSP certification.
Offered at the Following CampusTifton Campus
*Minimum Required Age: 18
*High School Diploma or GED Required: Yes
*Minimum Test Scores - COMPASS: Reading - 70; English - 32; Mathematics - 26; Algebra - NA
This course (accompanied by a companion practicum course) is designed to provide people working in direct support roles with the knowledge and tools that will enable their support of people with disabilities within a context that is inclusive, community-based and person centered. Topics include: the changing role of support, systematic instruction, discovery process, person centered planning, individual accomplishments, community/neighborhood exploration, representation, personal assistance, family supports, social networks/social capital; positive behavior supports, systematic instruction in community/work places; responsibilities within direct support role regarding rights of individuals receiving services; legal implications for violating rights; recognizing abuse and reporting requirements; recognizing nutritional and emotional health and resources for physical supports; basic life and health supports and dangers associated with common safety and sanitation issues; appropriate medical practices relating to an individual; appropriate work habits and dealing with stress; organizational structures of learning organizations and the purpose and function of community services.