NWSRA Participant ice skating

Be a part of the very first DSP Pathway Program

The first question you may be asking yourself is what is a DSP? A Direct Support Professional (DSP), is a certified professional that is qualified to work with individuals with disabilities. Have you given thought about a career working & providing opportunities for those with disabilities?

The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and Therapeutic Recreation (TR) field is a very rewarding field, you truly get the opportunity daily to make a positive impact on individuals’ lives.

The Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) and Clearbrook collaborate to offer the PURSUIT Community Adult Day Program. This program offers adults with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of exciting activities, work towards goals and provides a place where many are able to call home.

District 214 is excited to be partnering with Northwest Special Recreation Association and Clearbrook to feature the very first program in the state – offering High School Students the opportunity to work towards their DSP certification while in school. Be sure to read on to learn more about the opportunities this program can offer you.

Working at PURSUIT, DSP's will learn

  • Learn first-hand about the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) field and opportunities within it.

    • Including Therapeutic Recreation, DSPs, QIDPs, Program Leads and more!​

  • Leadership skills 

  • How to create lesson plans for individuals of various ability levels 

  • How to use adaptive equipment 

  • How to implement programs & activities

  • How to implement & access individual goals

To work at PURSUIT trainings required are below

  • On the Job training packet ​

    • 40 hours of online trainings on Community Day Services (CDS)

  • 80 hours of hands-on training ​

    • ​Additional mandatory trainings (Fire Safety, Food Handlers, Rule 50 etc.)

  • First aide certification

  • Safety care certification

  • DSP technology class

  • Body mechanics class

  • Behavior management  

  • Personal care 

  • Lifting and transferring 

Explore the DSP Program Further

Virtual tours of our programming sites