With the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, there is a constant barrage of information being shared. Things are changing almost hourly across the country. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is committed to sharing resources for Direct Support Professionals. The NADSP understands that given this global crisis, Direct Support Professionals are still working to provide supports.
As Direct Support Professionals are on the front lines, the NADSP has created this tool kit with self care information and additional resources for individuals. The information on this page is property of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and can be viewed directly from their website by clicking HERE.
Free DSP Webinars
Self Care for Direct Support Professionals in Crisis
The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has created an important webinar targeted to help direct support professionals understand their value and offer them some practical ideas to use for their own self-care during this crisis. We must recognize the invaluable contributions direct support professionals provide to our society and our obligation is to protect them so they can protect others.
Meditation for DSPs in Times in Stress
Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. Director of Educational Services, John Raffaele has created a meditation for DSPs in times of stress. We are here for you during this very difficult time. If you want to connect with John, he can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Role of the DSP and the Coronavirus: Part One
The current worldwide news about the emergence of the Coronavirus is on everyone’s list of concerns, questions and insecurities. We created this webinar specifically for Direct Support Professionals to provide them with guidelines for understanding the virus, protecting the individuals they support in the community and offering reliable resources for ongoing news and practices.
The Role of the DSP and Coronavirus: Part Two
In this installment of the Role of the Direct Support Profession and the Coronavirus, NADSP’s Medical Adviser provides a brief update on developments since the previous “Part One” webinar in supporting people with disabilities during this pandemic. Specific information dedicated to direct support professionals will be reviewed.
The Role of the DSP and Coronavirus: Part Three
In this live installment of the Role of the Direct Support Profession and the Coronavirus, NADSP’s Medical Adviser along with NADSP Staff provide a live update on developments since the previous “Part Two” webinar in supporting people with disabilities during this pandemic. Specific information dedicated to direct support professionals will be reviewed.
Frontline Initiative: Self Care for DSPs
NADSP’s John Raffaele keeps the conversation going with two authors from the latest edition of Frontline Initiative; Self Care for Direct Support Professionals. John will dive deeper into the topics of “compassion fatigue” with Patricia Smith. We will also take some time to speak with Rachel Jacob on something called, “C.A.R.M.A.” (Cultivating Awareness Mindfulness and Agility). We will also take participants on a “tour” of the latest issue of Frontline Initiative.
Grief and Loss for Direct Support Professionals
In this webinar with Dr. Rick Rader, we will discuss the role of the DSP in grieving, growth and systems change. We will explore the following topics: The time to grieve alone, in groups both formally and informally, What is “normal” grieving, disenfranchised grief, atypical grieving, The pros and cons of “professional distance”, The need for the DSP to be both a grief counselor and a griever – and to know when to wear each hat, The experience of “seeing it to the end” as a modality for both professional and personal growth., Models for remembrance; how grieving provides signals and messages to the survivors, How “Lessons learned” can be used to change prevailing cultures of the system that might have better supported both the DSPs and the individual.
Let’s Talk with Dave: When Death Happens at Work
The next Let’s Talk with Dave Hingsburger is focused on death. For many, it is a word that strikes fear, anxiety, and sadness. It is a natural process of life; yet it’s complex and often difficult to process when it happens.In this webinar, John Raffaele and Dave aim to speak more candidly about death and the grieving process in this webinar. It is our hope that this webinar can shed some light and offer a few insights and resources to better help you deal with grief and support others in the workplace.
With Special Guests: Amanda Gee and Virginia Jahyu
Free COVID-19 Handouts
NADSP COVID-19 Fact Sheet
DSPs are on the front lines of supporting people with confirmed or possible infection with coronavirus (COVID-19) and therefore have an increased risk of exposure to this virus. DSPs can minimize their risk of exposure when supporting possible COVID-19 patients by following CDC infection prevention and control guidelines.
During the NADSP Webinar on April 3rd, dozens of questions were asked by registrants. Due to time restraints, we were unable to answer all questions live. This document contains all of the non-medical questions answered by the NADSP.
During the NADSP Webinar on April 3rd, dozens of questions were asked by registrants. Due to time restraints, we were unable to answer all questions live. This document contains all of the medical questions answered by the NADSP Medical Advisor, Dr. Rick Rader, MD.