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Friday, July 25 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Breakout Session: Recruiting, Hiring, & Retaining DSP Workforce

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It is widely recognized that the Long-term Services and Support System is experiencing a workforce crisis. The I/DD network historically and currently experiences a high level of direct support professionals (DSP) turnover. The demand for DSPs is growing and the traditional pool of candidates is shrinking.  

The Research and Training Center at the University of Minnesota has developed a number of tools to support agencies and leaders in the recruitment, retention and training of quality DSPs.  In this session, you will learn about these tools and the outcomes of a recent online training intervention study.  You will also hear from The Arc of Mississippi about their experience using the College of Direct Support online training.  


  • Identify at least three workforce development strategies you can use to improve the tenure and competency of your DSPs
  • Learn how to implement a quality, competency-based online training curriculum
  • Discover first-hand how this training curriculum has impacted the chapters and agencies that use the College of Direct Support 



Lisa Burck

Direct Support Professional Opoortunity (DSPO) Project Director, The Arc of Mississippi
past president of National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals

Lori Sedlezky

Director of Knowledge Translation, Research and Training Center on Community Living, University of Minnesota

Friday July 25, 2014 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Frank Lloyd Wright Room The Warwick Allerton Hotel

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