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PATHS Credentialing Program2The PATHS Credentialing program is an education andtraining program designed for Direct Support Professionalswho work with individuals with developmental disabilities.PATHS’ curriculum is based on the best national models,such as the Community Support Skills Standards and theNational Alliance of Direct Support Professionals’ Codeof Ethics. The program offers sequential credentials thatteach, reinforce, and build upon the essential skills of ahighly qualified Direct Support Professional.PATHS is a “competency-based” credential program, whichmeans that its graduates earn a credential that has valuein the marketplace. PATHS leads to better jobs and moresatisfying careers. This also means that PATHS’ courses arenot simply built around instruction that is followed by a seriesof tests designed to measure what students know. Instead,students complete an extensive portfolio that documents theirskills — a collection of samples of what they know andare able to do. The portfolio demonstrates that the traineehas fulfilled all requirements.CIPCertificate of Initial ProficiencyThe PATHS Certificate of Initial Proficiency (CIP) Credentialing program is aneducation and training program designed for Direct Support Professionals whowork with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a variety ofsettings. The PATHS CIP program is a course of study that focuses on developingthe knowledge, skills, and confidence of the direct support professional.The PATHS CIP curriculum is based on national best practice models such as theCommunity Support Skills Standards and the National Alliance of Direct SupportProfessionals’ Code of Ethics. The PATHS CIP program requires sixty (60) hours ofclassroom instruction, including training in community living skills and supports,history of services, self-determination, documentation, positive behavior supports,team communication, advocacy, health and safety management, personal ethics,conflict resolution, and much more.The twenty (20) CIP modules, which are each three (3) hours in length,are approved for Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD)seminar credit including a 30-hour DODD Seminar Credit in Introduction toDevelopmental Disabilities and a 30-hour DODD Seminar Credit in Principles ofWork/Principles of Habilitation Programming. All modules are also approved forContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU’s) from the Ohio Departmentof Developmental Disabilities (DODD).In addition to the completion of the 60 hours of classroom instruction, candidatesfor the PATHS CIP credential are required to demonstrate their proficiency inspecific competency areas through the development of a professional portfolio.The PATHS CIP Portfolio consists of a collection of work samples that demonstratethe candidate’s mastery of skills in a variety of areas. All PATHS CIP candidates arerequired to work with a skill mentor whose purpose is to assist in the applicationof skills to their workplaces, as well as to guide the candidate in the completionof the PATHS CIP Portfolio. Each of the twenty (20) training modules of theCertificate of Initial Proficiency (CIP) have been approved for three (3) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the OhioDepartment of Developmental Disabilities.


101Introduction to the PathsCredentialing ProgramThe purpose of this first module of the Certificate of Initial Proficiency program isto explain the purpose of the fifteen competency areas of the Community SupportSkills Standards and why each is important to providing effective direct support toindividuals with developmental disabilities. The nine codes of ethical practice fromthe National Alliance of Direct Support Professional (NADSP) Code of Ethics areintroduced to candidates and will be further reviewed in future modules. This moduleprepares CIP credential candidates for participation in this program by introducingthem to the mission and structure of the PATHS program as well as the expectationsof the PATHS CIP portfolio. This class has been approved for three (3) hours/units ofContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department ofDevelopmental Disabilities.104Ethics on the Frontline:Utilizing the NADSP Code ofEthics in Your Daily PracticeThis module investigates the nine areas of the NADSP Code of Ethics and uses thiscode of ethics to make ethical decisions and to resolve ethical dilemmas. This classemploys the use of scenarios and small group activities to apply the code of ethics torealistic DSP work situations. This class has been approved for three (3) hours/units ofContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department ofDevelopmental Disabilities.102Principles and Practices of anEffective Direct Support Professional105 Self-DeterminationThis module defines and discusses professionalism as it relates to direct supportpractice and explains how professionalism is incorporated in the NADSP Code ofEthics. Candidates review time management and organization techniques to benefitthe efficiency and effectiveness of their professional practice. In this module candidatesparticipate in activities designed to assist them in clarifying their professional missionand goals in order to determine whether the tasks they spend their time on at work arelikely to enable them achieve their mission and goals. This class has been approved forthree (3) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) throughthe Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.The purpose of this module is to guide the candidate through a thoroughunderstanding of self-advocacy and self-determination as these concepts relate tothe individuals they support. Candidates will discuss obstacles to self determinationand the four principles of self determination while they work in groups to identify anddescribe the key components of making greater self-determination a reality for theindividuals they support. This class has been approved for three (3) hours/units ofContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department ofDevelopmental Disabilities.103History of Services for People withDevelopmental Disabilities: Planning forthe Future while Learning from the PastThis module reviews the trends in public care for people with developmental disabilitiesfrom the mid-1800s to the present time in order to examine the persistent issuesinvolving the rights, roles, and status of individual with disabilities. Candidates reviewearly institutional growth and societal attitudes toward people with disabilities,including the development of societal attitudes in favor of segregation, involuntarysterilization, and euthanasia. This module discusses more historically recentdevelopments in national policy and social movements affecting individuals withdisabilities, including social security amendments, the parents’ movement, and thedisability rights movement. This class has been approved for three (3) hours/units ofContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department ofDevelopmental Disabilities.106The Direct Support Professionalas AdvocateCandidates will work in this class to describe and demonstrate how actions of thedirect support professional best fit the definition of advocate for individuals withdevelopmental disabilities. Candidates will investigate different styles of direct supportpractice, and in group activities involving role play demonstrate a supportive, coachingstyle of advocacy. Candidates will discuss the importance of network building in theiradvocacy efforts on behalf of individuals they support. The basics of various forms oflegal representation and guardianship of individuals will be reviewed in this moduleas well as a discussion on the legal rights of individuals with disabilities in Ohio withscenario based activities to more thoroughly support candidates to understandand guard these rights. This class has been approved for three (3) hours/units ofContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department ofDevelopmental Disabilities.4 5


107Enhancing Communication to AchieveMutual Understanding and Effectiveness110The Individual Service Plan:Supporting People in Achievingtheir Goals and DreamsThis module discusses the basics of effective communication with a focus on achievingthe goals of mutual understanding in communicative efforts. This class will assistcandidates in identifying barriers to effective listening and the traits of a great listener.Candidates will work together in role-play activities to investigate four approachesto communication, with an emphasis on the skills and behaviors of an effectiveassertive communicator. This class also allows candidates to practice special assertivecommunicative techniques for use in difficult situations. This class has been approvedfor three (3) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU)through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.This module will focus on the components of an Individual Service Plan and help thecandidate to understand and apply the components of a person-centered-planningprocess to their support of individuals with developmental disabilities. Candidateswill work together in activities designed to assist them to develop skills in gaininginformation about a person’s strengths, preferences, and dreams. Candidates willdiscuss the elements, goals, and process of the individual plan and the importanceof facilitating natural partnerships in the design of supports to assist individuals toachieve greater levels of power and control in their lives and supports. This class hasbeen approved for three (3) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units(CPDU) through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.108Utilizing Augmented AlternativeCommunication SystemsThis module provides the candidate with an overview of the use of augmentedalternative communication (AAC) systems. Candidates will review of a variety ofunaided (non electronic) AAC systems and aided (electronic) AAC systems includingvery ‘low tech’ aids which may be created or adapted by the DSP of individuals theysupport as well as very ‘high tech’ computerized systems which incorporate the latestin technological advances. This class has been approved for three (3) hours/units ofContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department ofDevelopmental Disabilities.109Positive Behavior SupportStrategies and UnderstandingBehavior as CommunicationIn this module the candidates will analyze a variety of challenging behaviors with anemphasis on understanding the function or meaning of an individual’s challengingbehavior. This module will emphasize that there is a function to challenging behavior,and for challenging behavior to persist over time, it must be meeting a need for theindividual. Candidates will discuss the concept that for behavior support techniques tobe successful, a replacement behavior must be taught to assist individuals to meet theirneeds in a more acceptable manner. This module will also emphasize the importance ofteam process in positive behavior support. This class has been approved for three (3)hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the OhioDepartment of Developmental Disabilities.111This module uses the concept of the “Success Triangle” to emphasize three primaryareas that must be addressed to help facilitate the successful community involvementand connections of individuals with developmental disabilities. These three areasare the building of self esteem, quality education, and effective supports. In this classcandidates will investigate the concepts of “self-esteem,” “self-fulfilling prophecy,”“learned helplessness,” and “learned hopefulness.” A discussion of the techniquesused to determine and then provide for the support needs of individuals will emphasizethe importance of natural community based supports over paid supports wheneverpossible. Candidates will also explore the principles of effective teaching to supportindividuals in achieving their goals and dreams. This class has been approved for three(3) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through theOhio Department of Developmental Disabilities.112Community Living Skills and Supports:Making it HappenThe Direct Support Professionalas TeacherThis module continues the discussion of the effective teaching skills of a competentDSP in more depth. Candidates will investigate concepts related to how the intellectfunctions, with a strong focus on understanding their own preferred learning style andthe learning styles of others, and then applying this understanding to their teachingmethodology with working with individuals they support to learn new skills. A focusis made in this class of using multi-sensory instruction to help individuals to processinformation as well as determining the ‘Multiple Intelligences’ of individuals and thenincorporating that information into their teaching techniques. This class has beenapproved for three (3) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units(CPDU) through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.6 7


113Fundamentals ofEffective DocumentationThe focus of this module is to inform candidates of best practice in professionaldocumentation. Candidates will identify types of documentation that are required forthe DSP on the job and the purpose of each type, discussing ten guidelines that assuredocumentation adheres to legal, ethical and programmatic standards. Candidateswill develop strategies that can be used to manage documentation effectively andinvestigate methods to individualize documentation systems to best gather data andprogress related to the goals and services of individuals they support. This class hasbeen approved for three (3) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units(CPDU) through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.116Effective Team CommunicationFurthering the discussion of the principles and practices of an effective team, this modulewill explore types of team communication, and candidates will participate in activitiesto demonstrate how to use them effectively. Discussion revolves around barriers toeffective communication with a focus on how to work through these barriers. Class roleplayingactivities will promote candidate skill in the giving and receiving of constructivecriticism within the team. This class has been approved for three (3) hours/units ofContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department ofDevelopmental Disabilities.114Writing Accurate andEffective Incident Reports117Team Conflict Resolutionand Problem SolvingThis module guides candidates in a thorough understanding of the rules and definitionsof Major Unusual Incidents and assists them in understanding how those rules andregulations determine what needs to be documented when experiencing an incidentaffecting an individual with a developmental disability who is served by the candidate.The class will work together to identify factors which affect the quality of incidentreports. Candidates will discuss elements that affect memory and recall with a focuson reducing factors with negatively impact the completeness and accuracy of incidentreports. These concepts are emphasized in class activities involving video clip scenarioswhich require candidates to recall information presented. This class has been approvedfor three (3) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU)through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.As a continuation of the discussion of effective team communication this class focuses onconflict within teams. Discussion revolves around communication tools and techniquesand how these can be used to help or to harm teams. Styles of conflict resolution areevaluated with emphasis on creating win-win solutions when possible, creating a safeenvironment within a team for conflict resolution to occur and for deciding when toresolve conflicts. The process of conflict resolution is investigated with a look at howthe problem solving process, understood and used effectively, assists a team in theconflict resolution process. This class has been approved for three (3) hours/units ofContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department ofDevelopmental Disabilities.115Principles and Practicesof an Effective Team118The Basics of BenefitsThis module investigates the value of the team and teamwork in the field of services toindividuals with disabilities. Candidates discuss in detail the stages of team development,coupled with the common team and individual behaviors associated with each stage.Within a discussion of team dynamics candidates will explore the traits of a good teammember along with the elements necessary for the creation of an effective team. This classhas been approved for three (3) hours/units of Continuing Professional DevelopmentUnits (CPDU) through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.This module provides candidates with the opportunity to develop a workingunderstanding of governmental needs-based benefits and the agencies that administerthem. Candidates will be introduced to Social Security Administration programs andOhio Job and Family Services programs available to eligible individuals. Candidateswill investigate SSI, SSDI and SSDAC, including computations and work incentivesas well as an overview of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, including theMedicaid Buy-In program. This class has been approved for three (3) hours/units ofContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department ofDevelopmental Disabilities.8 9


119Health and Safety Management: TheRole of the Direct Support ProfessionalThis module prepares the candidate to support individuals in best managing their healthand safety and includes a discussion of best practice in preparing and administeringmedication and recognizing and responding to medication side effects, including themanagement and tracking of health care delivery, health status and health relatedassessments. Candidates will also investigate their own role and responsibility in the areaof ensuring health and safety of the persons for whom they provide support throughthe teaching and encouragement in the practice of following a healthy diet. This classhas been approved for three (3) hours/units of Continuing Professional DevelopmentUnits (CPDU) through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.CAPCertificate of Advanced Proficiency120Facilitating and SupportingCommunity InclusionIn this module candidates will discuss importance of and rationale for assistingindividuals with disabilities to become more connected to their communities. Candidateswill investigate the concept of a “Social Guide” and a “Community Builder” and applythese concepts to their own roles. This class will discuss the practical and emotionalbenefits of being connected to one’s community with a look at the importance ofassuming valued social roles in the community. This class has been approved for three(3) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through theOhio Department of Developmental Disabilities.Paths SeminarsPATHS also offers a variety of stand-alone seminars designed for on goingstaff education and training. The PATHS Seminars vary in length andcan be customized to fit the training needs of your organization.For more information on the seminar topics or the PATHS CredentialingProgram, please visit our website at www.ohiopaths.org or contact ScottOsterfeld at 513-300-7038 or via e-mail at sosterfeld@cinci.rr.com.The Certificate of Advanced Proficiency (CAP) program is an education and trainingprogram designed for Direct Support Professionals who have completed theCertificate of Initial Proficiency (CIP) and are interested in pursuing a higher levelof certification, learning, and skill attainment. The PATHS CAP curriculum is basedon national best practice models such as the Community Support Skills Standardsand the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals’ Code of Ethics. ThePATHS CAP Program includes 116 hours of classroom instruction in the areas ofparticipant empowerment, understanding and utilizing assessments, facilitationof services, advocacy and self-advocacy, vocational, educational, and careersupport, community service and networking, crisis intervention, organizationalparticipation, education, training, and self-development, supporting successfulcommunity living, advanced benefits management, and effective teaching practicesand strategies. The twelve CAP modules are separated into twenty-one classeswhich vary in length from five to six hours each.In addition to the completion of the 116 hours of classroom instruction, candidatesfor the PATHS CAP credential are required to demonstrate their proficiency inspecific Community Support Skills Standards competency areas through thedevelopment of a professional portfolio. The PATHS CAP Portfolio consists ofa collection of five work samples that demonstrate the candidate’s mastery ofspecific skills. All PATHS CAP candidates work with a skill mentor whose purposeis to assist the candidate in the application of skills to their workplaces, as well asto guide the candidate in the completion of the PATHS CAP Portfolio. Each of thetwelve (12) training modules of the Certificate of Advanced Proficiency (CAP) hasbeen approved for Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) throughthe Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.10


201Participant EmpowermentThis module first explores the historical context and need for advocacy and selfIn this first of the CAP modules candidates will continue CIP class discussions onempowering individuals with developmental disabilities. As the structure guidingthis discussion candidates will investigate the five components of “The EmpowerTower”: maximizing supports given to individuals, providing choices to individualsand facilitating decision making skills, enhancing the strengths and capabilities ofindividuals, developing the skills of assertiveness, building self-confidence and selfesteem, and increasing the life experiences of individuals. This class has been approvedfor ten (10) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU)through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.Understanding andVocational, Educational,202 Utilizing Assessments205 and Career SupportIn this module candidates will investigate assessments used in the human servicesfield. Candidates will examine assessments which evaluate educational and academicperformance, vocational skills and aptitudes, psychological and behavioral status,medical status, and independent living skills. In addition to this overview of formaland informal assessments candidates will discuss ways to prepare an individual foran assessment and approaches to assist individuals to participate in the assessmentprocess. This module also discusses the potential ethical problems that can arisebefore, during, or after the assessment process. This class has been approved for ten(10) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through theOhio Department of Developmental Disabilities.203 Facilitation of Services Community Service and Networking206This module investigates the provision of effective supports through the personcenteredplanning process. Candidates will look at specific person-centered planningtechniques used to determine the formal/informal and natural/planned supports to beprovided to individuals. Candidates will explore their role as facilitator of supports toindividuals as well as their role as team member. This class has been approved for ten(10) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through theOhio Department of Developmental Disabilities.204The Art of Advocacyand Self-Advocacyadvocacy. Candidates will discuss the imperative of relationship-building throughtrust and effective communication before entering into advocacy efforts on behalf ofindividuals. Candidates will explore the roles that advocacy and self-advocacy play inthe lives of people with developmental disabilities. This module delves into the conceptsof attribution styles and individual’s internal and external locus of control and howmaximizing an internal locus of control benefits successful goal-directed decision makingand self-advocacy. Discussion focuses on the important skills of seeking, clarifying, andacting constructively on feedback from persons with developmental disabilities, fromco-workers, and from community members. This class has been approved for ten (10)hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the OhioDepartment of Developmental Disabilities.This module looks first at vocational services and programs available in Ohio forindividuals with developmental disabilities. Candidates will explore the process andbest practices associated with the transition of individuals with disabilities from schoolto work and will go on to investigate assisting individuals to determine their job typepreferences, customizing employment to best utilize the skills, and preferences ofthe individual while meeting needs and expectations of the workplace. This modulealso explores ways in which candidates may assist the individual to prepare for work,including job development and job coaching. This class has been approved for ten (10)hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the OhioDepartment of Developmental Disabilities.This module guides the candidate in the evaluation of how human services organizationsfunction in the community with a focus on the changing perspective of these agenciesfrom a ‘needs-based focus’ to an ‘assets-based focus.’ Through an in-depth look at thephilosophy of Asset Based Community Development the candidates are encouraged toshift their own focus to one which seeks to identify those assets of individuals which canbe used to facilitate community connections and relationships rather than looking atmeeting needs of individuals through the provision of professional supports. Candidateswill participate in activities in which they will research and develop information oncommunity resources which may be relevant to the utilization of the assets, interests,and needs of the individual. This class has been approved for ten (10) hours/units ofContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department ofDevelopmental Disabilities.12 13


207Crisis Intervention210Supporting Successful Community LivingThis module guides the candidate in an investigation of the phases of a crisis situation.Candidates will explore crisis prevention by identifying situations in the environment thatcan evolve into a crisis and the strategies which might be employed in these situationsto prevent a crisis. This module help candidates to develop skill in utilizing appropriatetechniques that can be used to intervene in a crisis. Candidates also investigate posteventteaching strategies which may be employed to support individuals after a crisis aswell as help prevent future crises. This class has been approved for ten (10) hours/unitsof Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Departmentof Developmental Disabilities.This module guides candidates in an exploration of a variety of high and low techassistive devices and therapy services available to individuals with developmentaldisabilities. Candidates will develop skills in assessing individual’s needs and assets andthen facilitating appropriate supports reflective of those needs and assets. Candidateswill discover the process required to obtain and secure funding for assistive equipmentand therapies. Candidates will investigate strategies to assist individuals receivingsupport to recruit, train, and manage support staff. This class has been approved forsix (6) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through theOhio Department of Developmental Disabilities.208Organizational Participation211Advanced Benefits ManagementIn this module candidates explore their roles as team and organization members.Examination of the mission statement and guiding principles of organizations helpsindividuals to investigate how these relate to and guide day-to-day work and focus.Candidates will work in this module to design their own professional mission statementsfrom which to evaluate their own focus and efforts when at work. Candidates participatein activities to build skills in interviewing, evaluating, and selecting job candidates. Thismodule also addresses organizational conflict, conflict management styles, and allowscandidates the opportunity to practice conflict resolution techniques and negotiation.This class has been approved for ten (10) hours/units of Continuing ProfessionalDevelopment Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department of DevelopmentalDisabilities.In this module candidates build upon skills developed in the CIP benefits managementclass. These skills relate to identifying individual needs and eligibility for governmentalneeds-based benefits and applying for and maintaining benefits. Benefits addressedin this module include SSI, SSDI and SSDAC as well as the impact of income on thesebenefits and the use of work incentives. This module also investigates the Medicaidand Medicare programs. This class has been approved for fifteen (15) hours/units ofContinuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the Ohio Department ofDevelopmental Disabilities.209Education, Training,and Self-Development212Effective Teaching Practicesand StrategiesThis module first investigates Ohio training rules related to Developmental DisabilitiesProfessionals. A focus of this module is to guide candidates through goal settingto develop personal goals, to enhance personal strengths, and to identify the skillsneeded to succeed at work. To develop skill at achieving goals candidates will explorethe components of a quality planning cycle. This module proceeds to encourage thecandidates’ skill in effectively mentoring others. This class has been approved for ten(10) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through theOhio Department of Developmental Disabilities.The final CAP module focuses on the skill of the candidate in his or her role of teacherof individuals with developmental disabilities. This module emphasizes the importanceof knowing the preferred learning styles and communication and sensory preferencesof the individual before designing teaching and learning experiences. A strong focus ofthis module is the creation and adaptation of teaching tools which reflect the learningstyles and preferences of the individual. Candidates investigate techniques they mayuse to ensure individuals generalize the skills they have been taught. Candidates explorethe use of least-to-most prompting when teaching individuals, as well as techniquesto evaluate their own teaching effectiveness. This class has been approved for five (5)hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through the OhioDepartment of Developmental Disabilities.14 15


Becoming a PATHSLicensed Training Entity16The Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) has made it possible fororganizations to become Licensed PATHS Training Entities and to teach the Certificateof Initial Proficiency (CIP) and the Certificate of Advanced Proficiency (CAP) to their ownemployees. PATHS Licensed Entities may also offer the PATHS courses to individualsoutside their organizations and charge them the approved PATHS tuition.In order to become a Licensed PATHS Training Entity, the entity must do the following:1. Purchase the CIP and the CAP Training System Kits from OADSP.The CIP and CAP can be purchased as a set or purchased separately.2. Agree to follow, sign, and adhere to all the stipulations in theConfidentiality Agreement;3. Agree to follow, sign, and adhere to all the stipulations in the License AgreementUpon purchase of the PATHS Training System Kit, OADSP will provide a kit orientation to theLicensed Entity to review all training materials, fees, requirements, and responsibilities.PATHS Licensed Training Entities must use the approved curriculum modules in thePATHS Training System Kit.PATHS Licensed Training Entities may only use PATHS Certified Instructors to teachthe PATHS curriculum. With the purchase of the license, PATHS Licensed Entities arepermitted to send as many instructors as needed to the PATHS Instructor Course at noadditional charge.PATHS Licensed Entities are required to assure availability of Skill Mentors who meetthe minimum qualifications for candidates taking their PATHS CIP and/or CAP courses.If PATHS Licensed Entities cannot supply a Skill Mentor for their candidates, they mustcontact their respective PATHS Regional Council and pay a fee to the council for thesupplying of skill mentors.PATHS Licensed Training Entities submit completed Portfolios from their credentialcandidates for grading to their respective PATHS Regional Coordinator who will forwardthem to an approved PATHS Grading Team. Each candidate will receive a typed,professional assessment of their portfolio.PATHS Licensed Entities are encouraged to send their graduates to their respective PATHSRegional Council’s graduation ceremony to honor their Direct Support Professionals andcelebrate their accomplishment.PATHS Licensed Entities must pay the annual license renewal fee which shall entitle themto all curriculum revisions and new materials that may be incorporated into the PATHSCredentialing Program.Specialized Credential Coursesand PATHS SeminarsThe PATHS Specialized Credential Courses and PATHS Seminars are educationand training programs designed for professionals who are interested in pursuing ahigher level of specialized knowledge and skill attainment. The PATHS SpecializedCredential Courses include the following:• Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Direct Support Professional• Specialized Skills in Supporting Elder Clients with Intellectual andDevelopmental Disabilities• Positive Behavior Supports• Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Mental IllnessThe PATHS Seminars include the following:• PATHS Supervisor Course• The Art of Coaching and Mentoring Employees• PATHS Instructor TrainingPATHSPATHS also offers a variety of other stand alone seminars designed for on-goingstaff education and training. The PATHS Seminars vary in length and can becustomized to fit the training needs of your organization. For more information onseminar topics, please visit the PATHS website at www.ohiopaths.org or contactScott Osterfeld at sosterfeld@cinci.rr.com or 513-300-7038.All of the PATHS Specialized Credential Courses and PATHS Seminars havebeen approved for Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) in thefollowing categories:• Adult Services/Day Habilitation• Early Intervention• Investigative Agent• Service and Support Administration• Supt/Asst Supt (Services/Programs/Supports Stream)• County Board MembersThe CPDU’s are approved and can count towards the required eight (8) hoursof Provider Continuing Education/Training. The CPDU’s also meet continuingeducation requirements for Ohio county board staff and county board members.


PATHS Instructor CourseThis course will certify and prepare instructors to teach the PATHS Certificate of InitialProficiency (CIP) and Certificate of Advanced Proficiency (CAP) training modules accordingto the mission and philosophy of PATHS. This course guides the candidates through thepurpose, structure, and goals of the PATHS CIP and CAP programs. In this course candidatesexplore their own roles as instructors in the PATHS program as well as their responsibility forassisting the CIP and CAP candidates to be successful. Working together in group activities,the candidates explore and utilize PATHS CIP and CAP resources, including the CommunitySupport Skill Standards (CSSS) Book, NADSP Code of Ethics, Table of Learner Outcomes forCIP and CAP programs, the Portfolio Handbook the CIP and CAP Curriculum Materials.Positive Behavior SupportThis class will provide students with the fundamentals of helping individuals meet challengesthey face in their lives. Sometimes the challenges individuals face result in different ways ofexpression and some of these ways may not always be positive. Interwoven into this PositiveBehavior Support Class will be the philosophy of Positive Culture. Positive Behavior Support isa blend of on-line learning through the College of Direct Support and PATHS and face-to-facesessions that will provide the student with opportunities to learn, ask questions, and demonstratetheir abilities. Topics include mental health diagnosis, support plans, understanding positiveapproaches, policies that guide our field, and more.The Keys to Successful SupervisionThis course provides candidates with the conceptual framework needed for supervisors to guideand lead successful teams with a focus on the practical elements needed to make this happen.This course leads the class through the components of the management process, includingthe traits shared by great leaders, as well as the purpose of the supervisor and the keys forsuccessful supervision. Candidates explore employee motivation as well as the reasons for lackof employee motivation. Students will work together to explore different types of culture existingwithin organizations. Each student will participate in activities which result in the creation ofa personal vision statement. Organizational and individual goal setting will be explored in thisclass along with discussion and activities which provide instruction in the supervisory activitiesof interviewing, hiring, and coaching employees. This two-day course has been approved fortwelve (12) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through theOhio Department of Developmental Disabilities.The Art of Coaching and Mentoring EmployeesThis course will introduce the concept of mentoring in the workplace and will guide classparticipants in learning and practicing the skills necessary to build a skill-enhancing relationshipwith others. Participants will explore the necessary skills and attitudes of being an effectivementor. The class will investigate both mentoring as a management skill and the more naturallyoccurring relatively unstructured form of mentoring. Class participants will explore together thementoring process of building a partnership to help a mentee develop the skills, behaviors, andinsights needed to reach professional goals. This class uses group interaction and activities topractice the mentor skills of intentionally setting goals, giving feedback, and solving performanceproblems. Participants will learn to mentor others in how to problem solve creatively, prioritizeactivities, manage multiple priorities and attain targeted goals. This two-day course has beenapproved for twelve (12) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU)through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.PATHS Autism Spectrum Disorderand the Direct Support ProfessionalThis course is designed to introduce participants to the broad range of characteristics thatare part of the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and to help participants to recognize avariety of supports that they can employ to meet specific needs and enhance the special interestsof individuals they support. Course participants will participate in self study between classes,accessing a variety of websites and written materials. Class participants will use study questionsto guide internet readings to strengthen their knowledge of the specific topics. Responses tothese study questions will also be included with a completed portfolio, submitted at the endof the course. The portfolio will contain three samples of the participant’s work in the areasof their choosing, including: 1. Communication Support for a person with ASD with limitedverbal skills; 2. Sensory Support for a person with ASD with sensory sensitivity/need; 3. SocialSupport for a person with Asperger’s Syndrome; or 4. Organizational Support for a person withASD needing improved daily structure. Participants will also spend time in observation andinteraction with adults with autism in different settings in order to empower their confidence inadvocating for, developing and providing quality supports. This four-day course will be spreadout over four months, with guided self study between classes. The course has been approvedfor thirty (30) hours/units of Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) through theOhio Department of Developmental Disabilities.18Specialized Skills in SupportingOlder Clients with IDDIn this course participants will practice utilizing screening tools used with older adults,including assessments relating to incontinence, cognition, activities of daily living, mobility,gait and balance, and mood. In group discussion participants will identify and discuss ethicalconsiderations relevant to older adult screenings. In class activities participants will practiceand discuss select screenings, and work together to generate potential ideas for follow-upevaluation and management. As they learn to conduct screenings correctly, participants willalso gain valuable experience in describing the findings of the assessments and formulatingfollow-up plans based on these findings. Participants will apply what they have learned inthis class by identifying older adults with whom they have contact who might benefit fromthese screenings. Participants in this class will also experience researching specific communityresources and supports relevant to the needs of older adults, with the information being sharedwith other class participants. This course consists of one full day of classroom instruction(8 hours), followed two weeks later by one half-day (4 hours) of review. There are no prerequisitesfor this course. Course participants will complete one work sample which demonstrates theirskill in utilizing screening instruments. Online work will need to be completed as part of therequired work sample.19


20OADSP/NADSPMembership• OADSP/NADSP Guiding PrinciplesThe Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) is a state chapter ofthe National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). Our guidingprinciples include:Continual enhancement of the status and image of Direct Support Professionals.Access to high quality education, experiences, and lifelong learning for DirectSupport Professionals.Effective collaboration and partnerships with all stakeholders.Promotion of systems reform to enhance career pathways and opportunities forDirect Support Professionals.Being the leader of the development and implementation of a voluntary credentialingprocess for Direct Support Professionals.• Annual Membership LevelsIndividual Membership ($20/year)Direct Support Professional (DSP)Self-AdvocateFrontline SupervisorFamily MemberFor professionals working in community human services such as: social workers,administrators, and healthcare professionalsIncludes: One Subscription to Frontline Initiative; Code of Ethics Card; OADSP/NADSP Membership Card; 10% discount on all OADSP PATHS Courses (CIP, CAP,and Specialized Certificate Courses); 5% discount on the initial purchase price of thePATHS Training System KitSupporting Organization Membership ($500/year)For agencies and organizations dedicated to advancing the interests of DSPs and thepeople they support at a national levelIncludes: Certificate of Membership; Four subscriptions to Frontline Initiative;Listing as an NADSP Supporting Organization in NADSP communications;10% discount for all employees on all OADSP PATHS Courses (CIP, CAP, andSpecialized Certificate Courses); 5% discount on the initial purchase price of thePATHS Training System Kit• Membership ApplicationCompletion of this application and payment of membership fees resultsin dual enrollment in the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals(NADSP) and its Ohio State Chapter: OADSP.• Type of Membership (check only one)Individual Level ($20/year) Supporting Level ($500/year)DSPFrontline SupervisorSelf-AdvocateFamily MemberOther Professional___________________________________• Member InformationName_________________________________________________Title (if applicable)_ _______________________________________Street_________________________________________________City, State, Zip_________________________________________Email_________________________________________________If you are a DSP, please provide the following information to help OADSPbetter understand the demographics of the direct support workforce in Ohio:Gender M F Date of Birth___________________Year began working as a DSP__________________________• Payment InformationTo join and pay online by credit card, visitwww.nadsp.org/membershipSupporting Agency/OrganizationTo pay by check: Complete this membership applicationwith a check payable to NADSP and mail to:NADSP P.O. Box 13447 Minneapolis, MN 5541421


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