Direct Support Workforce Professional Development

College of Direct Support Career Path

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Employee Resource Network

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In-Person (or Zoom) trainings

  • Supporting Social Roles
  • Supporting Informed Decision Making
  • NADSP Code of Ethics

Supporting Social Roles

Examples of valued social roles are a parent, homeowner, friend, employee, etc. When we have valued social roles, we are in a better position to experience life. This includes friendship, love, respect, health, and safety. People with disabilities should be granted the same opportunity to experience the same social roles as others. We all want to experience the good in life, and people with disabilities should have every opportunity to share these experiences.

Supporting Informed Decision Making

A decision is defined as a choice from known options. This means we are informed of our options. However, many people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities have their decisions made for them. Often, they are unaware of what their options are and even how to weigh risk versus reward when making decisions. It is critical for Direct Support Professionals and others to understand how they can support informed decision making.

NADSP Code of Ethics

The National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals created a Code of Ethics meant to guide DSPs in working through ethical dilemmas they may face while supporting those with I/DD. This training walks learners through the 9 tenets of the NADSP Code of Ethics along with relevant scenarios and how they can be handled ethically.

NADSP Code of Ethics:

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