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The NADD Competency-Based Direct-Support Professional Certification Program

Competency Areas

The working committee of professionals who developed the NADD DSP Dual Diagnosis Competencies identified five critical areas where DSPs need additional skills and knowledge in order to be competent to care for individuals with IDD/MI. These five areas are important in all DSP work. However, they take on additional significance when supporting a person with IDD/MI. There is additional knowledge and skill needed to effectively support a person with both IDD and MI.  The five areas of competence include:

Competency Standard 1: Assessment and Observation

Competency Standard 2: Behavior Support

Competency Standard 3: Crisis Prevention and Intervention

Competency Standard 4: Health and Wellness

Competency Standard 5: Community Collaboration and Teamwork

 


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