Direct Support Professionals are an integral part of daily life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their professional knowledge, skills, and dedication to those whom they serve, ensures that Individuals receive quality of life services in the care they need.
This is Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week, as designated by the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR). We recognize and thank those who are providing these vital services. Your hard work does not go unnoticed, and Quality of Life Institute, Inc. appreciates all you do!
ANCOR represents DSP’s that, collectively, support over one million American individuals with disabilities. The ANCOR Association offers leadership throughout the year, working to:
Shape Policy, Share Solutions, and Strengthen Community
With it’s Gentle Teaching-based training programs for Direct Service Professionals, the Quality of Life Institute shares ANCOR’s mission:
“to advance the ability of our members in supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to fully participate in their communities,”
and has joined in the celebration, promoted as a moment to acknowledge the dedication and accomplishments of outstanding Direct Support Professionals and their vital contributions to communities across the country
You are welcome to join our circle of gratitude and giving forward, with written words we can share with the Direct Service Professionals in our community, or you might consider a donation of in-kind services or contribution to our general fund that supports the education, well-being, and overall quality of life valuing of Direct Support Professionals. We love them!
The 2022 Gentle Teaching International (GTI) conference was held this week in Ann Arbor, Michigan, hosted by the MORC agency. This conference is the premiere gathering of people from around the world committed to providing positive and proactive supports . This conference presents a unique opportunity to learn about the research, best practices, case studies and lessons learned on creating and sustaining a culture of support for vulnerable populations in varied environments.
Quality of Life Institute, Inc. had the privilege of participating as a sponsor for the event, and The Institute’s executive director, Anthony M. McCrovitz, Ph.D., gave a presentation on navigating the heart through moments of crisis, illustrating practical tools for increasing competence in caregiving, using some therapeutic, relationship-building applications that he shared, like teaching one about emotions, by noticing, naming, taming, and befriending them.
Crewmembers from the Globe Star agency joined Dr. McCrovitz in attending the conference and organizing an informational table about the Institute, and for book giveaways and signings (McCroviz, A. (2021) A Return to Gentleness, Journeying with Gentle Teaching, Outskirts Press) and sales at a special conference price.
Globe Star Crewmembers pictured below are Social Worker Assistant, Keeli Friedersdorf (left) and Quality of Work Life Mentor, Vanessa Willis (right).