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Course Name Hours Fee Description
Adult 1-person CPR 2.50 40.00 Teaches skills necessary to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation for adults and children in emergency situations utilizing the American Heart Association techniques. Students will learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and the risk factors related to heart disease. After demonstration by the instructor, students will practice CPR techniques, including opening and maintaining airways, rescue breathing, chest compressions and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Staff competency is assured by practical exam. Course is taught by American Heart Association certified instructors.
Basic Safety 2.25 25.00 Presents information on fire safety, slips, trips, and falls, safety inspections, incident reporting, and safety in the community.
Behavior Principles and Strategies (BPS) Units I & II 7.00 75.00 Teaches the basic principles of behavior change, including identification of behaviors, functions and cause of behaviors. Provides an introduction to crisis prevention and the rules for physical interventions. First and second units of the four-part BPS series.
Behavior Principles and Strategies (BPS) Units III & IV 7.00 75.00 Demonstrates bite releases, blocks and other release techniques through interactive classroom practice. Demonstrates utilization of non-restrictive and restrictive interventions. Third and fourth units of the four-part BPS series. Students are to refrain from wearing jewelry and must wear comfortable clothing (t-shirts, jeans, or sweat pants) and sneakers or other flat, closed heel and toe shoes.
BPS Recertification 4.00 40.00 Provides a review of Behavior Principles and Strategies; is required annually. To be eligible for this course, students must have successfully completed the basic fourteen-hour Behavior Principles and Strategies training (BPS Units I-IV). Enrollees must have a current BPS certificate earned within the last twleve months. Non-The Arc personnel must precent copy of current certificate to instructor on day of training. Students are to refrain from wearing jewelry and must wear comfortable clothing (t-shirts, jeans, or sweat pants) and sneakers or other flat, closed heel and toe shoes.
Choking Prevention 2.00 20.00 Discusses how to identify a swallowing disorder, altering texture diets, and understanding and implementing behavior plans addressing eating behaviors.
Diabetes Management 3.00 25.00 Provides an overview of Type I & Type II diabetes including causes, symptoms, and treatment. Covers the basics of controlling diabetes with diet, medication and exercise. Students will learn to recognize and treat diabetic emergencies and how to prevent the long term complications of diabetes. Course is taught by a certified diabetes instructor.
Driver Observation 2.00 25.00 Provides an overview of general safety guidelines related to transporting people with disabilities, including seating arrangements for participants and staff, assisting participants with entering and exiting the van, and learning how to manage emergencies or accidents. Each student will be observed driving for approximately 15 minutes in on-the-road and parking situations.
Ethics 1.00 15.00 Discusses professionalism and expected standards required from staff, including punctuality, work readiness, separating personal life and professional life, professional appearance, portraying a positive attitude and cultural/gender appropriateness and differences.
General Characteristics 1.00 15.00 Explains what constitutes a developmental disability and identifies specific conditions that qualify individuals as having developmental disabilities. Includes information about the major characteristics of intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism and mental illness, stressing the difference between intellectual disability and mental illness. Discusses the unique needs of people with developmental disabilities.
Inclusion is Not a Place 3.00 40.00 Introduces the concept of inclusion as an attitude and process for supporting people with I/DD as they make connections with other people and construct fulfilling lives for themselves. Includes a discussion of the spectrum of inclusion and interactive exercises to help students understand the difference between exclusion, segregation, integration and inclusion. Also includes a flowchart for individualizing inclusive experiences, based upon the skills, talents, interests and desires of the individual with I/DD.
Is This Abuse? 1.25 15.00 Discusses how to recognize and eliminate various abusive situations which could occur in daily interactions with participants. Includes information on various forms of abuse: psychological, physical, neglect, sexual, seclusion, and mistreatment.
Lifting and Transferring 1.00 20.00 Presents issues related to lifting and transferring of individuals who need assistance ambulating, whether they are use a wheelchair or other adaptive equipment or simply need staff support in maintaining their balance. Demonstrates safe methods for lifting and transferring. Course is taught by a licensed physical therapist.
Medication - Special 0.00 0.00
Medication Administration (MTTP Units I-IV) 20.00 160.00 Focuses on basic medication administration concepts and procedures according to Developmental Disabilities Administration guidelines and regulations, including procedures for storing, transporting, administering, and recording medication. Required documentation and effective communication between staff, participants, physician, and pharmacist are emphasized. Specific information about seizure management, medications, and behavior modifying drugs is also included. Students must pass a series of practical and written tests. Course is taught by a Registered Nurse. Four-part series consisting of MTTP Units I-IV, all of which must be successfully completed for certification.
Medication Refresher 4.00 60.00 Provides a review of Medication Administration training, recognizing students’ experience and including additional advance training or elective topics at the discretion of the instructor. Students must pass a written test at course conclusion for certification. To be eligible for this course, students must: be affiliated with a DDA agency, have successfully completed the basic twenty-hour Medication Administration training (MTTP Units I-IV), be currently active AND listed as current on the MBON website.
Seizures 0.75 15.00 Discusses all types of seizures and the response required (first aid).
Special Diets 3.00 25.00 Defines and discusses implantation of special diets, such as low sodium, low fat, and low cholesterol.
Supporting Indiv/Abuse 1.00 15.00 Provides rationale for offering choices to participants and ideas for soliciting input from participants and family members, stressing the importance of communication in this process. Discusses how to recognize and eliminate various abusive situations which could occur in daily interactions with participants. Includes information on various forms of abuse: psychological, physical, neglect, sexual, seclusion, and mistreatment.
Supporting Individuals 1.00 12.00 Provides rationale for offering choices to participants and ideas for soliciting input from participants and family members, stressing the importance of communication in this process.
Universal First Aid 3.00 40.00 Provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to administer First Aid in medical emergencies such as stroke, heart attack, diabetic emergencies, fainting, hyperventilating, seizures, fractures, bleeding, burns, amputations, impaled objects, and injuries to the eyes.