For employees that are looking to learn and grow in their leadership, the Arc of Monroe offers a variety of development opportunities. These opportunities range from self-initiated learning to full credential and professional development programs. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and Front Line Supervisors (FLSs) can take number of elective class options through our online learning system, Relias. These modules expand well beyond the information shared in new hire orientation and include new information and trending approaches to the field.
Additionally, Direct Support Professionals and Front Line Supervisors are encouraged to take part in one of the many local conferences held in and around New York State. These conference not only offer educational information, but allow for networking that is essential in learning and growing as a professional.
For those seeking professional credential, a DSP or FLS can partake in a credentialing course. This opportunity is typically offered 1-2 times a year. The credential is awarded by the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and is a nationally recognized credential that is routed in the Competencies and Code of Ethics specific to the work of Developmental Disabilities.
Starting in the Spring of 2019, DSPs and Supervisors looking for career advancement can apply to join a new program for the development of future Front Line Leaders at the Arc of Monroe. This program intends to educate and develop our current leaders as well as create a succession of leaders for the future.
Last, but not least, employees that are interested in pursuing educational advancement may be eligible for tuition assistance depending on their tenure and their intended course of study.
Melody Johnson is Director of Learning & Professional Development at the Arc of Monroe. She has been with the Arc of Monroe for four years.