Break Out Session: Using Informed Decision Making as a Direct Support Professional

A facilitated discussion that investigates how direct support professionals can use the ethical practices, professional skills and adept reasoning to assist people in making informed decisions and meeting the new CMS definition of “Community”. This session will begin a deeper discussion by asking three questions that will identify ways that the spirit of the NADSP’s  Code of Ethics and Competencies will be incorporated in assessing Risk and balancing Safety. Part of the discussion will focus on how the organization can create a culture of competence with skilled, ethical and empowered direct support professionals that will lead the way to Quality.


About John

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John Raffaele is the Director of Educational Services at the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals.  John is a Master Social Worker and a highly experienced professional adult educator and facilitator. John's graduate education is from Yeshiva University in New York City and State University of New York at New Paltz, NY.  

His career spans three decades and those years have been spent teaching direct support professionals and the people they support. Most of the people with whom he has worked and supported over the last 30 years are people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and at-risk youth, and people with chronic and terminal illnesses in home-care settings.  Between 2001 and 2012 John worked as a Director of Training and Education for a developmental disabilities service provider in New York and gained notoriety consulting and teaching throughout the United States.

John founded his own international direct support professional consulting company in 2012 and over the last several years, in contract with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and in close partnership with NADSP Executive Director Joseph Macbeth, has developed many exciting and informative training programs and helped propel the NADSP into national prominence.  John became NADSP’s Director of Educational Services in December of 2016.  John has educated tens of thousands of people in the NADSP Code of Ethics and Competencies and most recently, our Informed Decision Making curriculum and Frontline Supervisor Train the Trainer Curriculum.