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What is the College of Direct Support?

The College of Direct Support (CDS) is a collection of courses designed to help support staff make life in the community a priority for the people they support.

The CDS Course Catalog includes courses on:
  • Civil Rights and Advocacy
  • Community Inclusion
  • Cultural Competence
  • Direct Support Professionalism
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Employment Supports for People with Disabilities
  • Everyone Can Communicate
  • Functional Assessment
  • HIPPA
  • Hiring Great Direct Support Professionals
  • Home and Community Living
  • Implementing Participant Directed Supports
  • Individual Rights and Choice
  • Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
  • Introduction to Medication Support
  • Introduction to Mental Health and mental Illnesses
  • Maltreatment: Prevention and Response
  • Personal Care
  • Person-Centered Planning
  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Professional Documentation Practices
  • Safety
  • Supporting Healthy Lives
  • Supporting Jobs and Careers in the Community
  • Supporting Older Adults
  • Teaching People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Understanding Transitions Across the Life Span
  • Universal Precautions
  • Working with Families and Support Networks
  • You’ve Got a Friend
To download the course catalog and view descriptions of the courses listed here, visit the DirectCourse Course eCatalog website.

College of Direct Support in Rhode Island

A workgroup of Rhode Island agency professionals, leaders, and stakeholders has developed a career ladder for Direct Support Professionals in the state. Courses from the College of Direct Support have been organized into three online modules, creating a progression for Direct Support Professionals to increase their skills and knowledge.

DSP Certification Program

The first online program for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) is designed for both new and experienced DSPs in the state of Rhode Island. This program gives individuals a solid foundation for staff supporting individuals in the community. The DSP Certification program will take approximately 3 months to complete, with approximately 34 hours of online coursework through DirectCourse, three 2-hour in-person sessions, and three fieldwork assignments. The fieldwork assignments are expected to be completed prior to the in-person sessions and learners have 2-3 options from which to select for each assignment. Please download the DSP Certification Program User Guide (24 kb WORD image) for more information.

Additional Information

The DSP Certification Program will begin on September 1, 2017. Learners will complete the online learning in three segments. Between each online segment, learners will attend in-person sessions. The dates for the in-person sessions are as follows:
  • Session 1: October 18, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Session 2: November 30, 2017 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Session 3: January 9, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 pm
All in-person sessions will be held at the Community Provider Network of Rhode Island, located at:
110 Jefferson Boulevard, Suite A
Warwick, RI 02888

Please contact Donna Martin if you need additional information.

Additional DSP Modules coming soon!
DirectCourse Contacts

Register Learners for CES ACRE Certification
Tony Antosh, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities


Register Learners for DSP Certification
Tony Antosh, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Donna Martin, Community Provider Network of Rhode Island
401-773-7771

Add and/or Update Learners
Lindsay Scarpaci, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
401-456-4738

Staff of Self-Directed Account Creation
Lindsay Scarpaci, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
401-456-4738

Purchase a Facility
Olivia Sullivan, Elsevier/DirectCourse
860-432-1485

Technical Issues
Contact Lindsay Scarpaci by email if you:
  • Forgot your password
  • Are unable to log in
  • Do not see your course assignments

For any other technical issues, please contact DirectCourse Customer Care directly and a customer care representative will assist you. customercare@elsevier.com
1-866-344-2088, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm EST

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