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Direct Support Professional Competency Areas: The Foundation of Direct Support Practice

Brief
January 1, 2016

This guide outlines 15 competency areas for direct support professionals. It provides 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.

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Key Takeaways

The Direct Support Professional enhances the ability of the participant to lead a self-determining life.
The Direct Support Professional should be knowledgeable about the supports available in his or her community.
The Direct Support Professional can match specific supports and interventions to individual participant needs.
 
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