The Skills to Pay the Bills and the Skills to Support Bill
Direct support professionals use complex skills everyday and often they don’t even know it! The NADSP has contributed 15 Competency Areas to the field of direct support and supporting people with disabilities. They provide the framework by which direct support professionals meet industry demand for quality by setting expectations for job performance and a basis for objective performance evaluation. The competency areas ultimately create the foundation of our national certifications which require the practical demonstration of knowledge, intentional execution of skill, and an opportunity for reflection from the direct support professional. This session will help participants understand these competencies but more importantly…the objective of this workshop is to help direct support professionals realize how skilled they are! Too often DSPs do not give themselves credit where credit is deserved. The competent direct support professional must use these competencies as the measure to gauge quality support and positive outcomes. We will have a fun and interactive exercise to bring DSP competency areas to life.