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One-time attendance required for all Bay Cove Human Services Professionals.
Core Competencies are held on three consecutive days four times a year
(in November, February, May and August).




Introduction to Developmental Disabilities (for all Service Divisions) This 1½-hour class has a brief overview of Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Epilepsy and Dyslexia, including their definitions, incidence and etiology.

 core-mh.jpgUnderstanding Mental Illness (for all Service Divisions) This 1½-hour course provides an overview of mental illness including causes, symptoms and prevalence. There will be a brief explanation of criteria for different diagnoses and the use of the DSM IV. The course will conclude with practical strategies to use for direct care staff working with clients with mental illness.
 core-humanrights.jpgHuman Rights/Confidentiality (for all Service Divisions) This 1½-hour class discusses the legal rights, human rights, and rights to privacy enjoyed by all US citizens, including those who with developmental disabilities, mental illness or substance abuse disorders. The course includes training on mandatory reporting of suspected abusive or neglectful treatment of people with disabilities. Focus is placed on training staff to help individuals explore and exercise their rights as community members.
 core-ethics.jpgTherapeutic Guidelines/Ethics and Boundaries (for all Service Divisions) This 1½-hour training reviews how personal feelings affect one’s work with people with disabilities, and how to utilize these feelings for the most effective interventions. Attention is given to the importance of ethics and personal & professional boundaries.
 core-hospital.jpgHealth Care Advocacy (for MH and DD Divisions) This 1 ½-hour course covers the skills needed to prepare for a medical appointment that secures the highest quality health care for the people being supported. These include preparation for the appointment, planning transportation, how to fill out the Medical and Dental Appointment Form, how to interact and conduct oneself with Medical Providers and how to report the information obtained to staff. The course also includes a review of various transcriptions of medications, a review of all Medical Forms and a review of the MOR (Medication Occurance Report) process. Also included is a discussion of key questions to ask the physician at an appointment, how to advocate for the individual, what to observe from an appointment, and what to do and whom to call in emergency situations.
 core-needle.jpgSubstance Abuse Disorders, Treatment and Dual Diagnosis This 3-hour class covers the theory and treatment for adults with substance abuse disorders and methods of treatment, with a special emphasis on Methadone, what it is, and how it works in the treatment of people with opiate addiction. The class also discusses the theory and treatment for adults with the dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse disorders.