The Core Competencies adopted by the NYS Talent Development Consortium apply to all DSPs across the state, working at state-operated and voluntary programs. Coupled with the Code of Ethics for Direct Support Professionals, these values-based competencies and skills are the foundation of person-centered supports for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities. Please visit the Code of Ethics & Core Competencies for Direct Support Professionals website for more information.
The Competencies are broken down into seven goal areas covering all aspects of the individual’s life, while also including the professionalism of direct support. The seven Competency Goal areas are:
- Putting People First
- Building and Maintaining Positive Relationships
- Demonstrating Professionalism
- Supporting Good Health
- Supporting Safety
- Having a Home
- Being Active and Productive in Society
Within each goal, there are competency areas that are defined by specific skills that can be demonstrated by a DSP in their work.