Description

Offers a suite of competency-based, online curricula for professionals providing services to people with intellectual, developmental, physical, and psychiatric disabilities, and to older adults. Operated by a partnership of the Institute's Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL) and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information, DirectCourse is comprised of four colleges:

• The College of Direct Support, based at the RTC-CL

• The College of Employment Services, based at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

• The College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving, based at the Center for Personal Assistance Services, University of California, San Francisco

• The College of Recovery and Community Inclusion, based at Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities

Contact
Kristin Dean
Director
Amy S Hewitt
Website
directcourseonline.com/
Collaborators
Center for Personal Assistance Services, University of California, San Francisco
Elsevier
Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston
Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities [Philadelphia, PA]

Staff

Claire E Benway :: Coordinator


Staff

Connie J Burkhart :: Graphic Designer


Staff

Kristin Dean :: Information Technology Manager


Staff

Nicole K Duchelle :: Education Program Spec 2


Gretchen B Gallagher Weinstein :: Principal Office and Administrative Specialist


Jennifer A Hall-Lande :: Researcher


Amy S Hewitt :: Director, Institute on Community Integration


Jody Van Ness :: Education Program Specialist 2


Barbara A Kleist :: Program Manager


Sheryl A Larson :: Research Manager 3


Staff

Shawn C Lawler :: Web UI Developer


Macdonald M Metzger :: Education Program Specialist


Susan N O'Nell :: Director – DirectCourse UMN Curriculum


Staff

Amanda Ryan :: Academic Technologist 2


Jerry W Smith :: Marketing and Business Development Manager


Staff

Michelle C Smith :: Education Program Spec 2


Staff

Jolene M Thibedeau Boyd :: Education Program Spec 2


Laurie Chet Tschetter :: Education Specialist 2


Product

DirectCourse

Offers a suite of competency-based, online curricula for professionals providing services to people with intellectual, developmental, physical, and psychiatric disabilities, and to older adults.…

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Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support

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Topics

  • Community life
    • Aging and retirement
      • Assistive/adaptive technology
        • Civil rights
          • Community supports and services
            • Consumer/self-directed services
              • Friendships and social relationships
                • ISP development
                  • Parenting and family relationships
                    • Person-centered planning and practices
                      • Positive behavior support
                        • Quality outcomes
                          • Recreation and leisure
                            • Self-advocacy and self-determination
                              • Social inclusion
                              • Direct support workforce
                                • Human resources and management
                                  • Retention and recruitment
                                    • Supervision and mentoring
                                      • Training
                                        • Workforce development strategies
                                        • Employment and postsecondary education
                                          • Accommodations and supports
                                            • Assistive/adaptive technology
                                              • Career preparation
                                                • Customized employment
                                                  • Employment and workforce development
                                                    • Supported employment
                                                    • Health and safety
                                                      • Emergency/disaster preparedness
                                                        • Health and wellness
                                                          • Healthcare
                                                            • Mental health supports
                                                            • Housing and residential services
                                                              • Community group residential
                                                                • Consumer/self-directed services
                                                                  • Family supports/in-home services
                                                                    • Housing access
                                                                    • Specific disability
                                                                      • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
                                                                        • Emotional/behavioral disorder (EBD)
                                                                          • Intellectual/developmental disability (IDD)
                                                                            • Mental health and/or chemical dependency
                                                                              • Multiple disabilities
                                                                                • Physical disability
                                                                                • Specific life stage
                                                                                  • Adolescents and young adults
                                                                                    • Adults
                                                                                      • Children
                                                                                        • Seniors

                                                                                        Activities

                                                                                        • Training and professional development