DDA Community Residential Services Training Update (Corrected Link)

Residential Service Providers Training & Information Updates

March 2019

Oops! The Human Trafficking Seminar link was not correct in our previous communication. See corrected link below.

Keeping current with training requirements

In 2016, training requirements (RCW 74.39A) went into effect. For DDA contracted programs, these requirements include Supported Living, Group Homes and Group Training Homes, Children’s Licensed Staff Residential, Alternative Living, and Companion Homes. Rules for the training are contained in Chapter 388-101D WAC and Chapter 388-829 WAC.

Upcoming training opportunities

Train-the-trainer Calendar

Courses are available region-wide, monthly. Every other month the Residential 40-hour CORE and Train-the-trainer Continuing Education (CE) series interchange. 

Continuing Education Train-the-Trainer Series – Longview, WA

April 15-19, 2019 (15 slots available per class)

  • Monday: Beyond Mandated Reporting
  • Tuesday: Generations in the Workplace/Unconscious Bias
  • Wednesday: Beyond First Aid: Recognizing and Responding to Emergencies (Pilot)/How to Build a Curriculum
  • Thursday/Friday: Buzz for Adult Learning/Peer Coaching

Location: Cowlitz County Event Center, 1900 7th Ave, Longview

Trainer: Sarah Blanchette

Register for 40 hour CORE

Register only for the courses you want to attend. You can attend as many train-the-trainer courses as desired.

Technical Support Monthly Webinars

Please join us for the monthly Trainer Support Webinar. The webinars offer:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Updates on new training requirements
  • Training tips to help you be a better trainer
  • Opportunities for live interaction with providers

Register now for the next webinar scheduled Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 1 - 3 p.m.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Free Continuing Education Training Opportunities

In 2019, the Community Residential Training Program will offer free CE seminars to trainers and direct support professionals together. The CE seminars will sponsor a community instructor to provide essential skills, knowledge and strategies to best support individuals and staff.

Human Trafficking Seminar

  • Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Location: CenterPlace 2426 N Discovery Place, Spokane Valley
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • Presenter: Jeri Moomaw
  • CE Units: 8

Click to register

Did You Know?

Below are facts that can help reduce your training workload and help your organization meet compliance standards.

Free Offer Online Trainings Sponsored by DDA

DDA offers some self-directed online trainings. Some providers choose to provide trainings with small groups. Some online modules can be completed in as little as 30 minutes while others will be 90 minutes.

Tip: set aside time at the next staff meeting to set up one of the online trainings housed on the DDA Curriculum Website and complete this training with your staff (as a group). The online trainings are self-directed so no trainer is required to facilitate this training, however a CE trainer will need to sign the certificate.

Approved Trainers Need to Complete an Adult Education Course

According to RCW, all trainers need to take an adult education course.

To ensure compliance all trainers must complete Buzz for Adult Learning. Any trainer who has taken Buzz for Adult Learning can teach others. Buzz for Adult Learning is also taught at every Train-the-Trainer event. For further questions contact Sarah Blanchette.

Community Residential 40 hour CORE Training Expiration

Once an employee completes their 40 hour CORE training, as long as they keep their completion certificate, they never have to complete this training again. New employees who provider a copy of their original 75-hour certificate from a previous employer do not need to complete the 40-hour CORE training, even if they have not completed Continuing Education the previous year. If an employee produces a 75 hour certificate but does not have proof of CE credit, they will need to complete the 30 hours of Population-Specific training. Once the employee completes the population-specific training, issue a new 75-hour certificate and attach the former 75-hour certificate as proof they met their requirement for the 40 hour CORE course.

For other training opportunities and CE courses, please visit the DDA provider training opportunities page.

To announce training opportunities within your agency, contact Linda GilInclude the following information in your email:

  • Title of training
  • Dates/times, location (with address)
  • Speaker/presenter
  • Contact information for training registration
  • Is this approved for CE?
  • Who can attend?

For all other training questions contact Sarah Blanchette, Residential Provider Training Manager.