State of Minnesota to Use Elsevier DirectCourse Curricula for Training and Development of Direct Care Professionals

Curriculum for continued professional training and education now available through Minnesota state agencies for direct care professionals

Philadelphia, PA, June 25, 2014

Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today that the State of Minnesota will provide new online curricula from Elsevier DirectCourse to train those who support people with disabilities using long-term services and supports.

DirectCourse's suite of online curricula, anchored by the College of Direct Support (CDS), includes the College of Recovery and Community Inclusion (CRCI), the College of Employment Services (CES) and the College of Personal Assistance and Caregiving (CPAC). The integrated, web-based curricula are designed for workers who support people with disabilities. The agreement will enable learners throughout Minnesota to explore and access expert training for direct care professionals.

“Direct care professionals should be informed and empowered in their positions,” said Alex Bartolic, Director, Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division, State of Minnesota. “We are confident DirectCourse will be a valuable resource to them. The courses are developed in collaboration with nationally recognized research and training centers, which no other curriculum provider can claim. We wanted to make the curriculum available across our long-term services and supports system in Minnesota. When a person selects a provider or elects to be the employer through one of our self-directed options, they should be granted access to high quality, individualized services with competent direct care workers across the state.”

The State of Minnesota will include three DirectCourse content areas in the pilot, including:

Each DirectCourse curriculum is crafted by established educational institutions that are known and respected for their dedication to research and training in community and workforce development.

“Through this agreement with Minnesota, we hope to empower direct care workers who support the physical, social, emotional, and employment needs of people with disabilities to develop the necessary skills and competencies of supported individuals so that they are better able to live satisfying, successful, and self-directed lives,” said Hajo Oltmanns, Senior Vice President, Performance & Services, Elsevier. “We believe these programs create a greater sense of community inclusion and purpose for those with mental health, developmental and physical disabilities.”

Courses are all self-directed and administered by Elsevier’s industry leading learning management system, and were created with input from the University of Minnesota's Research and Training Center on Community Living. Administrators and supervisors track progress, assign lessons and create customized content with ease in an effort to ensure all workers have access to the high-quality training throughout their career. The content meets national practitioner competencies and is guided by recognized experts in the field.

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