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Direct Support Personnel (DSP) Training Program

    Certified Nurse Assistants (CNAs)

Joseph Rehabilitation Center has developed the following training program for certified nurse assistants (CNAs) listed on the Health Worker’s Registry and who seeks employment as DSP. The individual must have a minimum of high school education or GED and demonstrated interest in working with people with disabilities. The individual must successfully complete the DSP training program outlined below before they can be employed as a DSP at Joseph Rehabilitation Center. The individual must successfully pass the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test before taking the training.

 The educational curriculum includes the following content areas:

  Module 1: Introduction to Developmental Disabilities   4 Classroom hours; 10 OJT hours

  Module 2: Human Rights                                               4 Classroom hours; 10 OJT hours

  Module 3: Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Recognition and Intervention                                                

    4 Classroom hours; 10 OJT hours

  Module 4: Human Interaction and Communication       4 Classroom hours; 10 OJT hours

  Module 5: Service Plan Development                            4 Classroom hours; 10 OJT hours

  Module 6: First Aid and CPR                                        6 Classroom hours

  Module 7: Basic Health & Safety --Medication Administration      8 Classroom hours;   40 OJT hours.

The Department of Human Services competency checklist will be used to evaluate the performance of participants during the training program. Individuals participating in the training program must achieve a minimum of 80% in classroom content and 100% for on-the-job training (OJT) competency skills. Attendance is mandatory for all modules. If an individual misses a training session, he/she is responsible for contacting the instructor and scheduling a make-up session. Attendance will be documented on a sign-in sheet for each module.

    Developmental Disabilities Aides (DDAs)

Joseph Rehabilitation Center has developed on-the-job training (OJT) programs for newly hired individuals who have been previously trained in a CILA program as DDAs. Prior to employment at Joseph Rehabilitation Center the DDA’s name must be listed on the Health Worker’s Registry. The individual must have a minimum of high school education or GED and must complete the training program outlined below before they can be employed at Joseph Rehabilitation Center. The individual must successfully pass the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) test and complete the following training:

  Module 6: First Aid and CPR                                        6 Classroom hours

  Module 7: Basic Health & Safety --Medication Administration      8 Classroom hours;   40 OJT hours.

 The Department of Human Services competency checklist will be used to evaluate the performance of participants during the OJT. Individuals participating in the training program must achieve a minimum of 80% in classroom content and 100% for competency skills. Attendance in the OJT will be documented on a sign-in sheet.  

Both CNAs and DDAs employed at Joseph Rehabilitation Center will complete the paper work for criminal background check prior to employment. All newly hired support staff must successfully complete the above training within 120 days from their employment date.

Competency Based Training and Assessment 

In addition to the above training, Joseph Rehabilitation Center provides an annual competency based training and assessment to its employees for the purpose of ensuring that they are able to demonstrate competency in their job performance which in turn will facilitate enhanced provisions of services to persons with developmental disability. Competency Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) begin with a task analysis the step by step breakdown to be learned.  Then the form is given to the employee so that they are aware of the training steps.  The trainer demonstrates the steps to the employee and provides training. 

The trainer provides the CBTA to the employee and demonstrates the skill to be learned.  The employee demonstrates the skill learned and the trainer documented on the CBTA form the employee’s knowledge and performance of each step of the task.  If an employee does not properly demonstrate the skill, the trainer reviews and re-demonstrates the skill.  The employee then repeats the demonstration of the skill until he/she can demonstrate the full sequence and knowledge at 100% proficiency. 

Following training, employees are given immediate feedback of their performance utilizing the training assessment form in a checklist fashion. The CBTA form is also used as a re-assessment process.  Periodically the designed staff observes the employee performing the skill and documents the proficiency of each step of the task analysis.  If an employee does not properly complete the task, immediate retraining is provided as previously outlined. 

These training assessment forms are used on a regular and periodic basis to maintain employee competency and to provide feedback to the employee on their job performance. 

Competency Based Training and Assessment utilizes a “train-the-trainer”. The training starts with Clinical Manager who will House Supervisor, QMRPs and DSPs as needed in the CBTA for which they are responsible for training others. 

Information on training opportunities provided by DHS will be kept at each location, in order to facilitate accessibility to the CBTA. Once a CBTA has been completed, verbal feedback in immediately given to the employee and the form is filed in the employee’s folder.  The House Supervisor and Clinical Manager are responsible for ensuring the CBTAs are completed according to the specific schedule of employee training. 

    Training Personnel

The training programs at Joseph Rehabilitation Center are provided by the following agency personnel:  

1)      Ms. Edna Adams; QMRP, and Program Director  

2)      Ms. Adetutu Balogun; OTR/L, MA (ED), Clinical Manager 

3)      Mr. Gabriel Oluwakotanmi; RN, Nurse Consultant

Click on this link Staff training to download the Ms Word version of the training program

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