(DSP-IDD) Direct Support Professional - Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities

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The Principles of Direct Support (PDS) is a multi-faceted curriculum with an emphasis on supporting people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. This course is determined to move away from an out dated and “institutional” way of thinking that often times focused on a person’s deficits and pathology. In contrast to this, PDS illustrates the importance of developing a relationship of mutual trust and respect.

This comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the principles of Universal Enhancement, Social Role Valorization, Positive Behavior Support and Person-Centered Practices. It includes classes on Communication, Health and Wellness, Empowerment and Advocacy, and Sensitivity. These, along with nine other modules provide a holistic and integrated approach to supporting people. The curriculum is presented by Subject Matter Experts and other professionals who have actually done the work they speak of, therefore allowing them to deliver the information in terms of practical application. The tips provided in this course outline a series of behaviors a direct support professional can implement on a day to day basis, designed to enhance the quality of life of the people they support. Following course completion the learner will have gained the knowledge, tools and most importantly, new behaviors necessary to assist a person with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities live a fulfilling life, full of meaning and value.

ALL MODULES BELOW ARE REQUIRED BEFORE TAKING THE CHALLENGE TEST and meets the requirements for Level 1 Fundamentals AND Level 2 Developmental Disabilities for Arizona's Direct Care Worker (DCW) Program.

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