The Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres provides services and supports to the Agencies that serve people with disabilities.
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Spectrum Community Services, Inc.
7248 Tilghman Street
Bethlehem, PA 18106
Phone: (484) 893-5050
Fax: (484) 893-5051
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What are the qualifications to become a Direct Support Professional?
A high school diploma or GED, one year of experience working directly with adults in a group, community, educational, or institutional setting and at least 18 years of age.
All positions require a valid motor vehicle driver license.
What is the hiring process?
Applications to become a Direct Support Professional are being accepted on a continuous basis. Applicants who meet the qualifications are asked to attend one of our All Staff meetings to gain better insight about the position.
What if I have a criminal record?
Having a criminal history does not exclude you from being considered for employment as Direct Support Professional unless your convictions are directly related to the job or pose a risk or are among those specified in legislation as disqualifying for this employment such as:
(1) Older Adults Protective Services Act (OAPSA) Act 169 a. An offense under one or more of the following provisions of 18 Pa.C.S (relating to crimes and offenses):
(2) A Federal or out of State offense similar in nature to those crimes listed above.
What kind of training will I receive?
Direct Support Professionals receive both classroom and hands on training at the start of your employment to prepare you with the tools needed to help you succeed. Our trainers provide pre-service training on important topics, such as Introduction of intellectual disabilities, Fire Safety, CPR/First aid, Infection prevention and control, non-violent crisis intervention, and safe transport of individuals with disabilities. In-service training is provided throughout the year to support professional development.
Where will I work?
Based upon the region you have applied to you can be placed in any one of our group homes in that region.
What hours does a Direct Support Professional work?
Spectrum Community Services operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will be assigned to one of the following shifts: 8am to 4pm, 4pm to 12am, or 12am to 8am. Shift assignments are based on what is available.
Do I have to work weekends and holidays?
Yes, most Direct Support Professionals work weekends and holidays this is all determined by the days and shifts assigned during the pre-employment phase.
Is there overtime?
Yes, there is overtime in the event that someone does not show up for a shift you will be required to stay and cover.
What is a typical day like?
This is not a desk job. You are required to provide regular interaction with the clients. For instance, a typical day might involve, cooking food, cleaning the home, bathing the clients, feeding clients meals, administering medications, driving clients to and from appointments.
Will there be any promotional opportunities once I become a Direct Support Professional?
Promotional opportunities to a supervisory position are a possibility.