Staff Development

  • Direct Support Professionals Autism Competency Training-

5 hours and meets all requirements of the DBHDS checklist. 

Learn about supporting individuals with autism based on the:
Virginia Autism Councils (VAC) -
SKILL COMPETENCIES FOR PROFESSIONALS AND DIRECT SUPPORT STAFF IN VIRGINIA SUPPORTING ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS WITH AUTISM
which are the DBHDS Medicaid DD Waivers Autism Competency requirements. 
This training meets all requirements for Support Levels 5, 6 and 7 for adults determined by the Supports Intensity Scale and Supplemental Questions.

Topics to be covered:
General Knowledge Concerning Autism, Environmental Structure and Visual Supports,
Communication, Social Skills, Behavior, Sensory, Independence and Community Engagement


  • Behavioral Competencies for Direct Support Professional 

Covers Ethics, Functions/Purpose of Behavior, Observation and Assessment, Prevention, Skill Acquisition, Measurement, and Intervention/Support Plan Implementation.
Assists DSPs in learning about interacting and supporting individuals with behavioral concerns.   

Based from:Behavioral Support Competencies for Direct Support Providers and Professionals
in Virginia Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
DEVELOPED BY THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES 


Need some ideas in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities? ​



  • Staff development/training 
  • Provider support 
    • ​record audits
    • creating/updating policies and procedures
    • creating/updating human rights policies and procedures
    • creating/updating employee handbooks

Cindy Gwinn

M.Ed., QDDP

Developmental Disability Consultant 

Services and Supplies