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Direct Support Professional - DS11

The 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 Campus

Tifton Campus

    Program Requirements


    *Minimum Required Age: 18

    *High School Diploma or GED Required: Yes

    *Minimum Test Scores - COMPASS: Reading - 70; English - 32; Mathematics - 26; Algebra - NA

    Credit Hours
     
    Occupational Courses (12 hours)

    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.

    This practicum accompanies DRSP 1100 - Facilitating Access to Community Living involving people working in direct support roles with people with disabilities in a context that is inclusive, community-based and person centered. Topics include: systematic instruction, discovery process, individual accomplishments, person centered planning, community/neighborhood exploration, representation, personal assistance, family supports, and social networks/social capital; motivation, encouragement and challenging behavior, systematic instruction in natural environments; rights, safeguards, confidentiality, and documentation; personal wellness; medical supports; medications; conduct and expectation; learning organizations/organizing for performance; and Georgia Services System.
    Credit Hours: 12