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Direct Support Professional
Applied Technology Skills
Growth and Development/Promoting Health and Wellness
Mental/Behavioral Health Challenges
Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Challenges
Intellectual Disability Core Knowledge
Supporting Daily Living with Direct Care Skills
Interpersonal Communication, Person First Approaches, Individual Empowerment and Advocacy
Individual rights, ethics and boundaries
Documentation Skills - 30 req. hrs
Apprentice becomes adept in verbal and written communication with and between staff, external team members and individuals.
Apprentice learns to develop and convey verbal reports to colleagues and superiors.
Apprentice learns to develop and document progress reports, and reports of unusual incidents.
Apprentices will learn to read in context various reports, diagnoses, service plans.
Apprentices will learn to use technical language
Apprentices will develop the ability to read plans and infer the actions and activities needed to comply with plans and meet objectives.
Apprentice will develop a vocabulary that includes professional and technical terminology.
Apprentice will learn the proper use of grammar.
Apprentice will learn and apply verb and tense agreement in their writing.
Applied Technology Skills - 72 req. hrs
Apprentice becomes proficient in use of computer technology to communicate, document and forward information such as clinical data.
Apprentice learns the identity and function of each part in a computer system.
Apprentice learns keyboarding.
Apprentice learns to identify and use common software applications.
Apprentice learns how to open, create attach and send email.
Understanding of the many concepts and techniques associated with computer information systems.
Understanding of the role and importance of computer information systems in our society today.
Ability to read and retrieve multiple formats of electronic document distribution (Microsoft Office, WORD, EXCEL and POWER POINT.)
Ability to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations suitable for professional and personal use.
Ability to collect and organize; import, export and convert data into multiple formats
Ability to integrate graphics (scanned images and electronic images) into publications, and to integrate text, graphics and sounds in PowerPoint presentations.
Foundations of Practice - 15 req. hrs
Apprentice learns about the services provided to mental health (mh), Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD), and individuals with disabilities (id) in the past versus the present.
Apprentice learns how past treatment of individuals has affected present day treatment.
Apprentice learns about: the laws governing voluntary and involuntary commitment; the laws regarding least restrictive / most homelike residence for individuals; operationalizing laws in residential settings.
Apprentice learns about the different positions that make up a treatment team and how to interact with them.
Apprentice learns the roles of a Direct Support Professional (DSP) on a treatment team.
Apprentice learns how to interact with other treatment team members.
Apprentice learns how to interact with family members and their role on the treatment team.
Apprentice learns how to interact with members of the external treatment team.
Practice Guidelines - 15 req. hrs
Apprentice learns the Stages of Change. Apprentice learns the principles of recovery, resilience, and self-determination, and the strengths-based approach to recovery as part of an overview of the DBHIDS Practice Guidelines.
Apprentice learns what is needed to promote recovery.
Apprentice learns the principles and practices associated with Philadelphia’s DBHIDS Population Health approach.
Apprentice learns the principles and practices associated with trauma informed care.
Growth and Development/Promoting Health and Wellness - 30 req. hrs
Apprentice learns a baseline for human growth and development through which to recognize changes and challenges in development.
Apprentice learns to identify, distinguish and understand various stages and stage theories of development.
Apprentice learns the tasks necessary to negotiate stages of development.
Apprentice develops the ability to recognize capabilities of intellectual disability and mental health individuals.
Apprentice learns SAMSHA’s eight dimensions of wellness.
Apprentice learns about the co-morbidity between behavioral health, intellectual disability, and physical health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension/cardiovascular diseases, hepatitis, and HIV Aids/immune disorders.
Behavioral Health Challenges - 30 req. hrs
Apprentice becomes familiar with categories, diagnoses, and diagnostic criteria for mental illness.
Apprentice participates in activities designed to simulate experiences of individuals living with mental health challenges.
Apprentice is introduced to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
(DSM V) and its use in diagnosis.
Apprentice learns to recognize and identify behavioral symptoms of various mental health.
Apprentice learns to look for signs and symptoms of decompensation.
Apprentice learns to distinguish and weigh Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) and Trauma.
Apprentice learns an introduction to basic pharmacology.
Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Challenges - 30 req. hrs
Apprentice learns about the AMA Continuum of Use.
Apprentice develops an understanding of Transtheoretical (Stages of Change) Model.
Apprentice learns about genetic predisposition to addiction.
Apprentice learns about the brain chemistry of addiction.
Apprentice learns the three levels of prevention.
Apprentice learns about the addictions related to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and other addictions.
Intellectual Disability Core Knowledge - 30 req. hrs
Apprentice develops a working knowledge and ability to distinguish categories, diagnoses and etiology of intellectual disability.
Apprentice learns the meaning and use of key terms in intellectual disability.
Apprentice experiences through simulation the experience of intellectual disability.
Apprentice learns common ADL’s to be taught to individuals.
Apprentice learns and practices social skills to be taught to individuals.
Apprentice learns and translates Socialization / Normalization into plans for home and off-site activities.
Direct Care Skills - 15 req. hrs
Apprentice learns to teach ADL’s and Social Skills via Direct Skills Teaching Method (DSTM).
Apprentice develops their own style for teaching using 4 steps of DSTM: Tell, Show, Do and Review; and, practices use of DSTM.
Apprentice learns the importance of ongoing assessment of individual progress.
Apprentice learns how to develop basic trust and therapeutic relationships with people receiving services.
Apprentice learns what is included in a service plan.
Apprentice learns what comprises S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
Apprentice learns the process of service plan review.
Apprentice describes and practices DSP role with family members and the care team.
Interpersonal Communication, Person First Approaches, Individual Empowerment and Advocacy - 15 req. hrs
Apprentice practices person first competency.
Apprentice learns and practices motivational interviewing skills as part of implementing Stages of Change theory.
Apprentice learns and demonstrates an understanding of different cultural practices and behaviors.
Apprentice explores their own biases and how that impacts their ability to provide services to individuals with different needs and preferences.
Apprentice learns and demonstrates an understanding of the role of individual empowerment and advocacy in providing services.
Individual rights, ethics and boundaries - 30 req. hrs
Apprentice articulates and practices ethical behavior including but not limited to the protection of individual rights.
Apprentice ensures the individual has the right to receive or refuse treatment.
Apprentice ensures that individual’s right to confidentiality is protected.
Apprentice demonstrates Understanding of HIPAA Laws.
Apprentice learns the laws regarding abuse and neglect, and reporting associated with abuse and neglect.
Apprentice learns and demonstrates an understanding of professional boundaries.
Apprentice demonstrates the ability to advocate for individual.
Apprentice demonstrates the ability to support the individual to plan for community integration in response to the individual’s right to the least restrictive environment.
Apprentice protects individuals’ right to appropriate education, training and employment options.
Apprentice learns and demonstrates professional behavior expectations in the workplace vis a vis attendance, punctuality, dress, respecting supervisory authority, completing assignments on time, etc.