‘Home and Community Living’ Is Newest Course Introduced to College of Direct Support Curriculum

Atlanta, GA, 15 June 2010 - The College of Direct Support (CDS), an internet-based college for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and managed in partnership by Elsevier I MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center, has introduced its newest course – “Home and Community Living.”

This latest course added to the main CDS curriculum will help DSPs and family providers learn to support a person in his or her home in ways that he or she wants to be supported.

This is the fourth new course added to the curriculum in 2010. Other courses released this year were “The First Few Weeks & Months as a Supervisor, the new Film for Thought course “Body & Soul,” and the new Disability Intensive Course (DIC) on “Depression.”

The University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration, which authors the CDS curriculum, described the new course, “Our homes are important to us. The home is the heart of many activities that keep us connected to our communities, and they are also personal spaces. Helping people live at home more comfortably, more safely, and in ways that are meaningful is part of the DSP’s job. This course will help DSPs learn to support a person in his or her home in ways that he or she wants to be supported. The lessons in this course cover many important aspects of supporting someone at home. Topics include learning about the boundaries and expectations in this role. They also include facts, techniques, and methods of support. Many other areas are covered as well, such as cleaning, home maintenance and upkeep, and yard work. It also includes pet care, organization, and laundry.”

The following lessons are included in this course: Lesson 1: Supporting Home Living: The DSP Role; Lesson 2: Comfortable Living; Lesson 3: Maintaining a Clean Home; Lesson 4: Home Maintenance & Upkeep; and Lesson 5: Clothing Care and Laundry.

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About the College of Direct Support
The College of Direct Support is a learning gateway for contemporary best practices for Direct Support Professionals. By incorporating web-based learning, backed by nationally recognized curricula, the CDS is designed to promote a profession of direct support. The CDS is being used in more than 30 states and also in Canada. It is a partnership between Elsevier I MC Strategies and the University of Minnesota’s Research and Training Center’s Institute on Community Integration, which authors the curriculum.

CDS offers a complete lineup of courses offered on the Elsevier I MC Strategies Learning Management System.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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