Direct Support Professionals

Direct Support Professionals

Direct Support Professionals work with developmentally disabled individuals and strive to help them reach their fullest potential. ABCD wants to ensure everyone who is a direct support professional or wishes to become one has access to valuable resources related to training and employment.


Code of Ethics

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) developed the Code is intended to serve as a straightforward and relevant guide for DSPs as they resolve the ethical dilemmas they face every day, and encourages them to achieve the highest ideals of the profession.

Read the Code of Ethics


New Jersey’s College of Direct Support

New Jersey’s College of Direct Support (CDS) is a training program created for Direct Support Professionals (DSP) in order to create a Career Path for the DSP field. New Jersey’s Career Path creates a unique opportunity for DSPs by combining online learning with onsite mentoring and competency demonstration through portfolio development by DSPs. Several ABCD member agencies are participating in the CDS pilot program.

The goal of the Career Paths is to enhance the skills and professionalism of Direct Support Professionals and to decrease the DSP turnover rate through incentivized career preparation and recognition of educational efforts. With input from the members of the New Jersey Direct Support Professional Work Force Development Coalition (NJDSPWFDC), of which ABCD is a member and active participant, the Boggs Center is currently running a pilot of this program with provider agencies in New Jersey.

As the statewide roll-out of the College of Direct Support (CDS) tracking and training programs continue, the Boggs Center has updated its website to reflect all current information about the statewide implementation of the CDS and the Career Path Pilot program. In addition, The DSP Career Path Quarterly, the official newsletter of the roll-out, will continue to be available at the Boggs Center website as well.

Visit the CDS Website

Camden County College

The Certificate in Developmental Disabilities is designed to provide community care staff with an opportunity for professional development. This certification process will also assist individuals and agency staff in meeting future proposed requirements to certify all personnel that provide direct care and services for the developmentally disabled.

To find out more about course requirements and other information, please contact:

Camden County College
Habiba Soudan, Coordinator
(856) 227-7200, Ext. 4352

Visit Camden County College Website

Elizabeth M. Boggs Center

The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center, in conjunction with UMDNJ and The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, provides training opportunities for DSPs, school districts, employment agencies, provider agencies, people with disabilities and families.

The Boggs Center Training Calendar is available online at The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities website or by calling 732.235.9300. Training areas include Supported Employment, Direct Support, Essential Lifestyle Planning, Individual Habilitation Plans, and Positive Behavioral Supports.

Visit the Boggs Center Website