Community Training Solutions|
Providing quality training to new Direct Support Professionals can be challenging and expensive.
AIRES offers an affordable training solution to the community. Whether you need to provide your
staff with comprehensive introductory training or you just need to re-certify staff in a specific
course, the AIRES Quality Enhancement Department has a solution that will work for you. Each of
our training staff has personal experience working with people with disabilities in addition to
rigorous and thorough professional development in each of the training curriculums. AIRES
training classes mirror the training classes that can be found in the Principles of Caregiving,
Aging and Physical Disabilities, and Developmental Disabilities
modules of the Arizona Direct Care Curriculum Project. The AIRES training curriculum has been
reviewed and received approval from the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Program Monitoring
Unit, and AHCCCS so the AIRES training classes can help Qualified Vendors and their staff meet the training
requirements of the Division of Developmental Disabilities, as well as the Direct Care Worker requirements.|
We offer the training in Phoenix, Tucson, Casa Grande, Sierra Vista, Prescott Valley, and in NE
Arizona. Classes are offered on a frequent basis. Participants report very high satisfaction with
the classes and superior information retention. Links to the training calendars can be found at the top of the page.
Client Intervention Techniques I & II — provides an overview of positive
behavioral support concepts and techniques, behavior assessment ideas and tools, and approved
physical intervention techniques. Successful completion measured by comprehensive written
and physical examination. Successful course participants receive a certification. You must
be affiliated with a DES/DDD Qualified vendor or DES/DDD to be certified in CIT.
Persons not affiliated with DES/DDD may participate in the class, but will only receive a
certificate of participation.
Article 9 — reviews consumer rights, the Division of Developmental Disabilites’
rules regarding behavior management, and stresses the prohibitions against neglect and abuse.
Successful completion measured by comprehensive written examination. Successful course
participants receive a certification.
First Aid & CPR — presents in-depth instruction on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation
and basic first aid principles. Successful completion measured by comprehensive written and physical
examination. Successful course participants receive a certification.
Introduction to Disabilities — introduces participants to many types of
disabilities and the supports that each may require.
Medication Administration — covers medication administration techniques and gives
participants a basic understanding of medication uses. Provides participants with hands-on
experience reading labels and documenting administration of medications.
Basic Health & Medical Care — discusses concepts related to basic health and
medical care as practiced by Direct Support Professionals. Meal planning and nutrition is
covered here. Participants receive training on Blood-borne Pathogens and safety. Also provides
an introduction to seizures and seizure protocols.
Incident Reports — presents information about the “when” and “why” of incident
reports. Participants practice writing Incident Reports based on practical examples.
Individual Support Plans — familiarizes participants with the ISP document and its
components. Objectives and outcomes, as well as the process for developing them are presented.
Teaching plans and strategies are discussed. Participants learn about reporting requirements
related to the ISP.
Code of Ethics — introduces the Code of Ethics from the National Alliance of
Direct Support Professionals. Participants engage in discussion about the role of the Direct
Support Professional as caregiver, role model, and advocate.
To maintain quality standards, participants must demonstrate an acceptable level
of competency to receive credit for the class. Our trainers measure this through
observation, class participation, and examination. There are no refunds for
participants who fail to meet required competency standards.
- Class participants are expected to arrive on time and stay for the whole class.
Students who arrive late may not be admitted into the class, and will be offered the
opportunity to reschedule.
- AIRES is not responsible for injuries incurred during the training. Some classes,
including CIT and First Aid/CPR, require active physical participation where class
members will have to kneel, squat, bend down, support the body weight of others,
etc. Class members who are pregnant, have back or joint problems, or similar health
problems are not encouraged to participate as they might exacerbate their conditions.
Class members are participating at their own risk, but our trainers may also remove
class members if they are uncomfortable with the perceived risk of injury.
- Class Fee Schedule
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Personal Care Techniques — reviews concepts related to providing personal care
to consumers. Discusses how to provide intimate care in a way that promotes dignity and
confidentiality. Lifting and carrying techniques are covered in this class, as well as skin
History & Philosophy of Services — discusses the history and philosophy of
services to people with disabilities, stressing the need for continued advocacy. Presents
concepts such as social role valorization, dignity of risk, least restrictive alternative,
Driver’s Training — provides both classroom and hands-on training to help staff
provide safe transportation. Focuses on defensive driving techniques and also provides training
on wheelchair restraints.