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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should consider a career as a DSP?

A career as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) would be ideal for someone who is patient, empathetic, and has a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. This career would be beneficial to a person who is committed to personal and professional growth and is interested in expanding their understanding of different types of people regardless of ability.

For those in search of a meaningful and fulfilling career, becoming a DSP offers a chance to profoundly impact the lives of others, providing both purpose and satisfaction.

How can I apply for DSP positions through your website?

To apply, click here  and fill out our “Apply Quickly to Become a DSP” form. From there, someone will reach out to you about any current openings.

Do DSPs require any special training or certifications?

Anyone who is interested in becoming a Direct Support Professional must complete various trainings beforehand. These are often paid for by the MCBDD or the organization who hires you, and consist of an initial training from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), as well as CPR and First Aid Training (provided by the county board). Every prospective DSP must also undergo a background check before being hired.

Although some of these requirements may seem overwhelming at first, employers are committed to guiding new DSPs through each stage of their training.  This support is designed to ensure a smooth transition into your new role, equipping you with the necessary skills and confidence to excel.

What are the typical working hours for a DSP?

The typical working hours for a Direct Support Professional (DSP) can vary widely depending on the setting and the specific needs of the individuals they support. DSPs are employed in a variety of environments, including residential homes, day programs, and community settings, each with its own scheduling requirements. 

Many DSP positions involve shift work to ensure around-the-clock care for individuals with disabilities. This can include day, evening, overnight, and weekend shifts. For example,  DSPs may work in shifts such as 7 am to 3 pm, 3 pm to 11 pm, or overnight shifts like 11 pm to 7 am.

Is prior experience in caregiving required?

Prior caregiving experience is not necessarily required to become a DSP. If you have an interest and desire to work with individuals in the field, training will be provided to guide you through the process.

What personal qualities are important for a DSP?

There are several qualities that are important to have as a Direct Support Professional (DSP). First and foremost, this role requires a lot of patience and empathy. Effective communication skills are also important; these skills allow DSPs to engage in a meaningful way with both the individuals they support and their fellow staff members. Finally, as a DSP, no two days are alike. If you are able to adapt quickly and enjoy having a different day every day, being a DSP might be a wonderful career for you!

Can DSPs work part-time or on a flexible schedule?

DSP roles can be either full-time or part-time, depending on the employer’s needs and the DSP’s availability. Full-time positions typically require 36 to 40 hours per week, while part-time positions vary in hours.

Some DSP positions offer flexible scheduling to accommodate the varying needs of the individuals supported and the organization. Others may have set schedules that follow a consistent pattern each week.

DSP Careers – Medina County, Ohio

Through Medina DSP Careers, we’ll help you uncover fulfilling job opportunities and connect you with the information you need to have a successful career helping people with developmental differences in Medina County as they reach for their life goals.