Direct Support Professional Job Description

A direct support professional, or DSP, is a non-medical professional who works with individuals who have developmental disabilities.

Direct support professionals are often known as direct care, personal care, or residential support professionals.

Some DSPs work with individuals who are blind or deaf.

Others work with other disabilities.

DSPs help individuals with developmental disabilities accomplish day-to-day tasks, like getting dressed, using their restroom, or socializing.

They can also assist with bathing or going to the bathroom.

DSPs help individuals achieve personal independence.

They work with clients to develop personal goals, like learning how to use public transportation or getting a job.

Updated on:     
September 15, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Direct Support Professional to join our team and help us provide care for our clients. As a Direct Support Professional, you will be responsible for assisting our clients with their daily activities, providing them with support and assistance, and helping to ensure their wellbeing. If you are a compassionate and caring individual with a passion for helping others, then we want to hear from you.

Direct Support Professional Duties:

  • Assist individuals with daily activities and functions, such as personal hygiene, mobility assistance, and communication
  • Maintain confidentiality of confidential information
  • Protect the health and safety of individuals with physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities
  • Provide guidance and instruction in accordance with client needs and philosophies
  • Assist with developing and implementing plans, policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • Maintain records, reports/charts, and other documentation as required

Direct Support Professional Responsibilities:

  • Work with a strong team to provide person-centered support and services to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead independent and valued lives
  • Promote person-centered services through collaboration, advocacy, and coaching
  • Participate in the person-centered planning process
  • Develop, deliver, and monitor individualized support plans
  • Provide person-centered support that promotes independence, inclusion, and quality of life
  • Develop and maintain positive community relationships
  • Ensure that each individual is appropriately and safely involved in their community
  • Supervise and maintain a safe work environment
  • Maintain accurate documentation (progress notes, billing, etc.)
  • Provide outstanding customer service to clients and coworkers

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Requirements And Skills:

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in any discipline
  • Minimum of two years’ direct care experience
  • Highly effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Familiarity with community resources
  • Ability to respond positively to changing situations
  • Ability to work independently

At [Company Name], we believe in equal opportunity for all. We're committed to building a diverse and inclusive team, and we encourage applications from people of all races, religions, national origins, genders, gender expressions, and ages. We're also committed to supporting our veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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