Direct Support Professional Orientation
Leads to certification
Direct Support Professional Training

Direct Support Professional Orientation

The Direct Support Professional Onboarding (DSPO) program provides basic information Direct Support Professionals need before working in the field. Courses are comprised of lessons or content areas. There are 17 courses and 52 lessons.

Curriculum content

  • This 4-lesson course will cover the role of the Direct Support Professional (DSP), disability services terminology, disability support services and the principles of success.
    • Lesson DSP Introduction

  • This 4-lesson course will cover the role of the Direct Support Professional (DSP), disability services terminology, disability support services and the principles of success.
  • This 4-lesson course will cover the role of the Direct Support Professional (DSP), disability services terminology, disability support services and the principles of success.
  • This 4-lesson course will cover the role of the Direct Support Professional (DSP), disability services terminology, disability support services and the principles of success.
  • This course provides information on Person-First Language and teaches staff how to respectfully interact with people with disabilities. The course includes 2 lessons: Disability Etiquette and Respectful Language.  
  • This course provides information on Person-First Language and teaches staff how to respectfully interact with people with disabilities. The course includes 2 lessons: Disability Etiquette and Respectful Language.  
  • T his course provides information on how to improve communication by understanding barriers and various styles of communication. The course includes 2 lessons: Communication Barriers and Communication Styles.   
  • T his course provides information on how to improve communication by understanding barriers and various styles of communication. The course includes 2 lessons: Communication Barriers and Communication Styles.   
  • This course provides information on how a person with a disability communicates, behavior and communication, how to document behavior using the ABC Model, how to positively support behavior, and the use of restrictions. The course includes 4 lessons: Behavior as Communication, Analyzing Behavior, Positive Behavioral Support, and Restrictions .
  • This course provides information on how a person with a disability communicates, behavior and communication, how to document behavior using the ABC Model, how to positively support behavior, and the use of restrictions. The course includes 4 lessons: Behavior as Communication, Analyzing Behavior, Positive Behavioral Support, and Restrictions .
  • This course provides information on how a person with a disability communicates, behavior and communication, how to document behavior using the ABC Model, how to positively support behavior, and the use of restrictions. The course includes 4 lessons: Behavior as Communication, Analyzing Behavior, Positive Behavioral Support, and Restrictions .
  • This course provides information on how a person with a disability communicates, behavior and communication, how to document behavior using the ABC Model, how to positively support behavior, and the use of restrictions. The course includes 4 lessons: Behavior as Communication, Analyzing Behavior, Positive Behavioral Support, and Restrictions .  
  • This course provides information on how people with disabilities receive support through their communities; the negative impact of stereotyping; the advantages of a diverse workforce; and legal protections available for discrimination. The course includes 4 lessons: Community Supports, Disabling Stereotypes, Workplace Diversity, and Legal Protection.
  • This course provides information on how people with disabilities receive support through their communities; the negative impact of stereotyping; the advantages of a diverse workforce; and legal protections available for discrimination. The course includes 4 lessons: Community Supports, Disabling Stereotypes, Workplace Diversity, and Legal Protection.
  • This course provides information on how people with disabilities receive support through their communities; the negative impact of stereotyping; the advantages of a diverse workforce; and legal protections available for discrimination. The course includes 4 lessons: Community Supports, Disabling Stereotypes, Workplace Diversity, and Legal Protection.
  • This course provides information on how people with disabilities receive support through their communities; the negative impact of stereotyping; the advantages of a diverse workforce; and legal protections available for discrimination. The course includes 4 lessons: Community Supports, Disabling Stereotypes, Workplace Diversity, and Legal Protection.
  • This course provides information on documentation, reporting, and tracking. The course includes 3 lessons: Objective Narrative Documentation, Incident Reporting, and Data Tracking.
  • This course provides information on documentation, reporting, and tracking. The course includes 3 lessons: Objective Narrative Documentation, Incident Reporting, and Data Tracking.
  • This course provides information on documentation, reporting, and tracking. The course includes 3 lessons: Objective Narrative Documentation, Incident Reporting, and Data Tracking.
  • T his course provides information on teaching strategies including how to increase person-served independence using fading. The course includes 2 lessons: Teaching Strategies and Fading.
  • T his course provides information on teaching strategies including how to increase person-served independence using fading. The course includes 2 lessons: Teaching Strategies and Fading.
  • This course provides information on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)and Assistive Technology. The course includes 2 lessons: Direct Assistance and Assistive Technology.
  • This course provides information on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)and Assistive Technology. The course includes 2 lessons: Direct Assistance and Assistive Technology.
  • This course shares how DSP’s can help people-served build connections, promote interdependence, and support dating & romantic relationships. The course includes 3 lessons: Making Connections, Community Interdependence, and Dating & Romantic Relationships.
  • This course shares how DSP’s can help people-served build connections, promote interdependence, and support dating & romantic relationships. The course includes 3 lessons: Making Connections, Community Interdependence, and Dating & Romantic Relationships.
  • This course shares how DSP’s can help people-served build connections, promote interdependence, and support dating & romantic relationships. The course includes 3 lessons: Making Connections, Community Interdependence, and Dating & Romantic Relationships.
  • This course explains the Individualized Support Team and standards for confidentiality including the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) & Protected Information (PI). The course is comprised of 2 lessons: Teamwork and Confidentiality.
  • This course explains the Individualized Support Team and standards for confidentiality including the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) & Protected Information (PI). The course is comprised of 2 lessons: Teamwork and Confidentiality.
  • This course provides information on person-served rights and explains Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation, & Mistreatment (ANEM). The course includes 3 lessons: Rights of People-Served, Defining ANEM, and Reporting ANEM.
  • This course provides information on person-served rights and explains Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation, & Mistreatment (ANEM). The course includes 3 lessons: Rights of People-Served, Defining ANEM, and Reporting ANEM.
  • This course provides information on person-served rights and explains Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation, & Mistreatment (ANEM). The course includes 3 lessons: Rights of People-Served, Defining ANEM, and Reporting ANEM.  DSP.
  • This course explains the difference between a Person-Centered and a System-Centered approach to support. The course also explains how to develop and implement an Individualized Support Plan (PCISP) including using the LifeCourse framework & tools. The course includes 3 lessons: Person-Centered Approach, Developing a Person-Centered Individualized Support Plan and Implementing a Person-Centered Individualized Support Plan.
  • This course explains the difference between a Person-Centered and a System-Centered approach to support. The course also explains how to develop and implement an Individualized Support Plan (PCISP) including using the LifeCourse framework & tools. The course includes 3 lessons: Person-Centered Approach, Developing a Person-Centered Individualized Support Plan and Implementing a Person-Centered Individualized Support Plan.
  • This course explains the difference between a Person-Centered and a System-Centered approach to support. The course also explains how to develop and implement an Individualized Support Plan (PCISP) including using the LifeCourse framework & tools. The course includes 3 lessons: Person-Centered Approach, Developing a Person-Centered Individualized Support Plan and Implementing a Person-Centered Individualized Support Plan.
  • This course explains safe food handling and how to develop strategies for encouraging healthy eating habits; how to modify a diet to meet the health requirements for a person-served; and encourages a healthy lifestyle incorporating exercise, sleep, and mental health. The course includes 4 lessons: Food Safety, General Nutritional Guidelines, Specialized Diets, and Exercise & Healthy Living.
  • This course explains safe food handling and how to develop strategies for encouraging healthy eating habits; how to modify a diet to meet the health requirements for a person-served; and encourages a healthy lifestyle incorporating exercise, sleep, and mental health. The course includes 4 lessons: Food Safety, General Nutritional Guidelines, Specialized Diets, and Exercise & Healthy Living.
  • This course explains safe food handling and how to develop strategies for encouraging healthy eating habits; how to modify a diet to meet the health requirements for a person-served; and encourages a healthy lifestyle incorporating exercise, sleep, and mental health. The course includes 4 lessons: Food Safety, General Nutritional Guidelines, Specialized Diets, and Exercise & Healthy Living.
  • This course explains safe food handling and how to develop strategies for encouraging healthy eating habits; how to modify a diet to meet the health requirements for a person-served; and encourages a healthy lifestyle incorporating exercise, sleep, and mental health. The course includes 4 lessons: Food Safety, General Nutritional Guidelines, Specialized Diets, and Exercise & Healthy Living.
  • This course explains High-Risk Plans and the DSP’s role; signs and symptoms of illness with person-served; the Fatal Five; and the logistics involved with medical appointments. The course includes 4 lessons: High-Risk Plans, Monitoring Signs & Symptoms, The Fatal Five, and Medical Appointments.  
  • This course explains High-Risk Plans and the DSP’s role; signs and symptoms of illness with person-served; the Fatal Five; and the logistics involved with medical appointments. The course includes 4 lessons: High-Risk Plans, Monitoring Signs & Symptoms, The Fatal Five, and Medical Appointments.  
  • This course explains High-Risk Plans and the DSP’s role; signs and symptoms of illness with person-served; the Fatal Five; and the logistics involved with medical appointments. The course includes 4 lessons: High-Risk Plans, Monitoring Signs & Symptoms, The Fatal Five, and Medical Appointments.  
  • This course explains High-Risk Plans and the DSP’s role; signs and symptoms of illness with person-served; the Fatal Five; and the logistics involved with medical appointments. The course includes 4 lessons: High-Risk Plans, Monitoring Signs & Symptoms, The Fatal Five, and Medical Appointments.  
  • This course explains how to assist people-served with hygiene and grooming tasks; how to support people-served with toileting and incontinence care; and how to encourage and assist people-served with household management tasks. This course consists of 4 lessons: Hygiene, Grooming, Toileting & Incontinence, and Household Management.  
  • This course explains how to assist people-served with hygiene and grooming tasks; how to support people-served with toileting and incontinence care; and how to encourage and assist people-served with household management tasks. This course consists of 4 lessons: Hygiene, Grooming, Toileting & Incontinence, and Household Management.  
  • This course explains how to assist people-served with hygiene and grooming tasks; how to support people-served with toileting and incontinence care; and how to encourage and assist people-served with household management tasks. This course consists of 4 lessons: Hygiene, Grooming, Toileting & Incontinence, and Household Management.  
  • This course explains how to assist people-served with hygiene and grooming tasks; how to support people-served with toileting and incontinence care; and how to encourage and assist people-served with household management tasks. This course consists of 4 lessons: Hygiene, Grooming, Toileting & Incontinence, and Household Management.  
  • T his course provides information on the ‘6 Rights’ of medication administration and consists of 2 lessons: Fundamentals of Medication Administration and Medication Administration Procedur es  
  • T his course provides information on the ‘6 Rights’ of medication administration and consists of 2 lessons: Fundamentals of Medication Administration and Medication Administration Procedur es  
  • This course shares disaster prep tips, information on Bloodborne Pathogens, Universal Precautions, and strategies for lifting and fall protection. The course consists of 3 Lessons: Disaster Preparedness; Bloodborne Pathogens and Universal Precautions; and Lifting, Transferring, Positioning, & Fall Pr otection.
  • This course shares disaster prep tips, information on Bloodborne Pathogens, Universal Precautions, & strategies for lifting and fall protection. The course consists of 3 Lessons: Disaster Preparedness; Bloodborne Pathogens & Universal Precautions; and Lifting, Transferring, Positioning, & Fall Pr otection.
  • This course shares disaster prep tips, information on Bloodborne Pathogens, Universal Precautions, & strategies for lifting and fall protection. The course consists of 3 Lessons: Disaster Preparedness; Bloodborne Pathogens & Universal Precautions; and Lifting, Transferring, Positioning, & Fall Pr otection.