Direct Support Professional

DRSP 1100 FACILITATING ACCESS TO COMMUNITY LIVING I (120-0-8)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
Co-requisite: DRSP 1130
This course (accompanied by a companion practicum course) is designed to provide people working in direct support roles with the knowledge and tools that will enable their support of people with disabilities within a context that is inclusive, community-based and person centered. Topics include: the changing role of support, systematic instruction, discovery process, person centered planning, individual accomplishments, community/neighborhood exploration, representation, personal assistance, family supports, social networks/social capital; Positive behavior supports, systematic instruction in community/work places; responsibilities within direct support role regarding rights of individuals receiving services; legal implications for violating rights; recognizing abuse and reporting requirements; recognizing nutritional and emotional health and resources for physical supports; basic life and health supports and dangers associated with common safety and sanitation issues; appropriate medical practices relating to an individual; appropriate work habits and dealing with stress; organizational structures of learning organizations and the purpose and function of community services.

DRSP 1130 DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM I (0-180-4)
Prerequisite: Program Admission
Co-requisite: DRSP 1100
This practicum accompanies DRSP 1100 involving people working in direct support roles with people with disabilities in a context that is inclusive, community-based and person centered. Topics include: systematic instruction; discovery process; individual accomplishments; person centered planning; community/neighborhood exploration; representation; personal assistance; family supports; social networks/social capital; motivation, encouragement and challenging behavior; systematic instruction in natural environments; rights, safeguards, confidentiality, and documentation; personal wellness; medical supports; medications; conduct and expectation; learning organizations/organizing for performance; and Georgia Services System.