NADSP Training Services
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) offers on-site, interactive training for organizations interested in improving the knowledge and skill set of its workforce. These training activities will equip Direct Support Professionals, Front Line Supervisors, and others with information, real-world examples, and applicable strategies to promote ethical and effective services. You can learn more about these training options below, and contact NADSP with additional questions and scheduling inquiries.
Understanding and Implementing Career Ladders for DSPs
- 1-day on-site training
- Importance of recognition for Direct Support Professional workforce
- Role of credentialing in promoting career development
- Best practices in implementing a Career Ladder Program
- Cost: $2,000 plus NADSP travel/lodging
There are of course a host of issues affecting the Direct Support Professional workforce, including high turnover, low financial compensation, limited benefits, decreased job satisfaction, and lacking employee appreciation, and more. Evidence suggests that employees who complete rigorous workforce development programs will stay on the job longer and provide a higher quality of support for people. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has developed a robust credentialing program involving national recognition for the contributions and competence of DSPs who meet stringent standards. This credentialing means that DSPs will apply best practices in their work, organizations can ensure stronger assurances of quality, and people receiving services can expect a better life through ethical and effective supports. In this 1-day on-site training, NADSP staff will visit your organization and share the importance of competency-based career ladders for DSPs. You will find out about the impact they can have on DSP expertise, employment, and overall job satisfaction. Most importantly, this training provides a roadmap for implementing a successful Career Ladder program in your organization, along with solutions to the potential barriers you might face along the way.
9:00am – 10:30am: An Overview of The NADSP Credential Attendees will discover how, despite 20 years of significant workforce crisis, NADSP’s competency-based career ladders are an effective solution for recruiting and retaining highly skilled professionals. 10:30am – 10:45am: Break 10:45am – 12:15pm: Building A Portfolio That Demonstrates Competence This session shares how competence can be measured through a set of practical work samples and reflective statements. NADSP will demystify these professional portfolios, by presenting actual work samples and action steps in creating a portfolio. 12:15pm – 1:00pm: Lunch 1:00pm – 2:30pm: Organizational Best Practices in Creating Career Ladders Attendees will walk through best practices and possible challenges in establishing a successful Career Ladder program. This session includes information about selecting DSPs to pursue credentialing, crafting effective communication strategies, building a learning cohort, forming blended learning/effective adult learning models, identifying skill mentors and agency champions, and applying recognition strategies. 2:30pm – 2:45pm: Break 2:45pm – 3:30pm: Career Ladder Brainstorming and Wrap-Up This is an opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, and review the information presented throughout the day. Attendees can ask questions about issues that are unique to their organization, and NADSP can provide guidance through strategies for solutions.
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) will work with your organization on scheduling this training at your agency. You are also able to bundle ‘Understanding and Implementing Career Ladders for DSPs’ with other training options to maximize your resources and obtain the most cost-effective solution for your staff development needs. Please Contact NADSP to schedule this training and discuss bundling options.
Creating a Culture of Competency
- 1-day on-site training
- Benefits of competency areas in daily supports
- Examples sharing the application of NADSP Code of Ethics
- Strategies to support informed decision making
- Cost: $2,000 plus NADSP travel/lodging
As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its Federal Home and Community-Based Services Community Rule lays out, people receiving services must be supported to exercise personal autonomy, access integrated settings, make informed choices, and more. These regulations ultimately fall on Direct Support Professionals, as “quality is defined at the point of interaction between the staff member and the individual with a disability.” This is not only significant due to the implications of the federal regulations, but more importantly, the very real effect it will have on the quality of life for those receiving services. By embracing the NADSP Code of Ethics and focusing on nationally-recognized Competency Areas, DSPs can ensure that they are supporting personal autonomy, access to integrated settings, informed choices, etc. In this 1-day on-site training, NADSP staff will visit your organization to present an interactive and engaging workshop, demonstrating how the Code of Ethics and Competency Areas will improve organizational services and individual lives. This training goes far beyond regulations, and dives deep into supporting freedom, justice, and equality for all. Considering these critical supports can involve difficult dilemmas and ethical issues, NADSP will also conduct some role-playing activities to provide DSPs guidance in navigating the most complex scenarios that they might encounter.
9:00am – 10:30am: Welcome, Introductions & DSP Development Explore ‘the why’ of direct support, including the importance of development and recognition for DSPs. Find out how DSPs can be empowered to meet the growing demands in human services, and how NADSP helps employees and employers navigate this complex situation. 10:30am – 10:45am: Break 10:45am – 12:00pm: The NADSP Competency Connection Take a deep dive into the 15 NADSP Competency Areas that are critical for DSPs to embrace and implement. Discover how each area is a foundation for a DSP’s work, and will improve skill sets to support people in attaining goals. 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch 1:00pm – 2:15pm: The NADSP Code of Ethics Encounter Experience interactive role-play activities, where NADSP will act out real dilemmas and ethical decisions that DSPs confront on the job every day. These real examples are compiled from decades of experience in human services. 2:15pm – 2:30pm: Break 2:30pm – 3:30pm: Introduction to Informed Decision Making This session creates a bridge between the 15 NADSP Competency Areas, the NADSP Code of Ethics, and the ideals of Informed Decision Making. Attendees will understand the role they have in supporting people to make decisions.
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) will work with your organization on scheduling this training at your agency. You are also able to bundle ‘Creating a Culture of Competency’ with other training options to maximize your resources and obtain the most cost-effective solution for your staff development needs. Please Contact NADSP to schedule this training and discuss bundling options.