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DSP Credentialing Program
The Arc's Residential program encourages professional development by sponsoring staff in their pursuit of credentialing through the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals. The Arc’s Direct Support Professional Credentialing Program is conducted through the College of Direct Support, which is an on-line learning program offered through the University of Minnesota with course curriculum developed by leading experts in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Current and past participants:
Members of the Residential program's inaugural DSP Credentialing Program class. Sitting: Meg Johnson, Theresa Pratt, and Heather Taft; Standing: Lori Peraino (Training Coordinator), Naomi Thompson, Deborah Tuckerman (Residential Director), Tamara Lincoln, Chris Peterson (Executive Director), Marcy VanZandt, and Sue Zehler
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are the backbone of The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming. In a workforce of 575 people, approximately 70 percent of Arc employees work directly with consumers, enhancing their lives every day in a one-on-one, hands-on capacity.
With job titles as diverse as Life Skills Assistant, Habilitation Specialist, Production Supervisor, and Classroom Aide, they provide the loving guidance and care that is necessary for individuals' success in all Arc-operated programs, and throughout our communities.
The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming is extremely fortunate that hundreds of the area's Direct Support Professionals choose to work at our agency, performing life-changing work that 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout our local towns and villages.