Support your staff to broaden the world of possibilities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, ensuring each person lives their best life possible. 

The College of Direct Support provides the trusted training your organization needs to support people in living the lives they choose, fully and actively in their communities.

The curriculum is developed by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota – leading experts in the recruitment, retention, and training of direct support professionals. National advisory and editorial boards comprising leading subject matter experts ensure the content follows best practices. 

By combining the latest research, competency-based training, and an advanced learning management tool, training your direct support staff can be a natural part of your current workflow.  

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Curriculum Courses

The College of Direct Support is fully accredited by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and aligns with their nationally validated competencies. We offer courses filled with trusted training across key areas in direct support:  

  • Community Inclusion  
  • Cultural Competence  
  • Direct Support Professionalism  
  • Disability Intensive Courses   
  • Emergency Preparedness  
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 
  • Home and Community Living  
  • Individual Rights and Choices  
  • Introduction to Developmental Disabilities  
  • Introduction to Medication Supports  
  • Introduction to Mental Health and Mental Illness  
  • Maltreatment: Prevention and Response   
  • Personal Care  
  • Person-Centered Planning  
  • Positive Behavior Supports  
  • Professional Documentation Practices  
  • Safety   
  • Working with Family and Support Networks  

This robust curriculum will help your staff feel prepared and ready to succeed.

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