ERIC Number: ED398711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
National Voluntary Credentialing for Direct Service Workers.
Hewitt, Amy; And Others
Policy Research Brief, v8 n2 Jul 1996
This paper describes the development of the National Skill Standards for Community Based Human Service Practitioners and reports on a survey of states' training and certification requirements. The standards are grouped into 12 broad competency areas: (1) participant empowerment; (2) communication; (3) assessment; (4) community and service networking; (5) facilitation of services; (6) community living and supports; (7) education, training, and self-development; (8) advocacy; (9) vocational, educational, and career support; (10) crisis intervention; (11) organizational participation; and (12) documentation. The survey of 32 states examined their training and certification requirements for direct service workers supporting people with developmental disabilities in residential settings and compared the findings with competencies identified in the National Skill Standards for Community Based Human Service Practitioners. Although almost all of the states surveyed did mandate some type of training for residential direct service workers, only nine states had a certification process for direct service workers. A table of the certification and training requirements in the 32 states is provided. Training programs are urged to: require demonstrated competence; verify the type of training; incorporate validated standards; allow workers to demonstrate competency; create a common language; consider unique requirements of individual states; and give college credit. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Research and Training Center on Residential Services and Community Living.