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Thank you for your interest in becoming a certified QDDP with NAQ.  In order to get started, you will need to submit several pieces of information:
  1. The Application must first be completed.  Please print the application, complete all fields, and sign.  
  2. The application notes that the following items must also be submitted:
    1. A 1-2 page essay of introduction (see below for details)
    2. A 3-5 page essay on topic of choice (see below for details) 
    3. Three professional letters of recommendation (see below for details)
    4. An initial application fee of $150.00.  This fee is used to cover administrative and screening costs and is not refundable.  
    5. A copy of your resume
    6. Official transcripts sent directly to NAQ from all colleges and universities you attended. 

  3. The Background Check Consent Form also needs to be printed and completed.                                                 
The above items should be mailed to:
                                           NAQ
                                           Attn. Connie Melvin
                                           301 Veterans Parkway
                                           New Lenox, IL  60451

Upon receipt of the complete application package, applicants will be notified that the application is being processed.  Once the review of materials, reference verification, receipt of transcripts and background checks are complete, the applicant will be notified of acceptance or nonacceptance for the program.  If accepted, the applicant will choose his/her elective coursework and send $800.00 to NAQ.  Once payment is processed, the applicant will be set up on the online learning program and receive additional instructions.  

Descriptions of Core Courses:

Supporting Individuals with Disabilities in the Community - Training manual to help professionals understand how to support individuals with developmental disabilities. Includes information about working with individuals with mental retardation, epilepsy, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, blindness, limited verbal communication, challenging behavior and more. 

Person Centered Planning – Provides a model for person-centered planning and the provision of person-centered supports; criteria for evaluating person-centered supports; and strategies for shifting power and control to people with developmental disabilities through the person-centered planning process. 

Working with Families. Training manual designed to help direct support and other professionals work with families to ensure that people with disabilities exceed expectations and lead enviable lives. Content includes strategies for building connections, understanding family expectations, identifying roles and responsibilities, and collaborative problem solving. 

Achieving Personal Outcomes. Implementing the Person Centered Plan. Describes the factors most frequently considered barriers to achieving goals and strategies to counter barriers. Describes basic strategies for achieving personal outcomes, effective instructional strategies for individuals with intellectual disabilities, the role of staff in facilitating learning. Explains task analysis, response chaining, shaping and other teaching techniques. Explains reinforcement techniques and other positive behavioral supports. 

Guidelines for QDDPs. Describes guidelines for program development and monitoring; record keeping; behavior intervention; staff development; hiring, recruiting, and retaining good staff in human resources; policies, procedures, and regulations; and what to do in a leadership role. 

Designing and Implementing Positive Behavioral Supports. This element consists of basic introduction to positive behavioral supports including values that support positive approaches, behavior observation, functional behavioral assessment, promoting positive behavior, teaching social and coping skills, responding to challenging behaviors, and plan development and implementation. The module is designed to meet the needs of staff who provide supports to individuals with challenging behavior and developmental disabilities. The second section outlines steps involved in developing a positive behavioral support (PBS) plan through person-centered approaches. The training manual is appropriate for those who author PBS plans and those who supervise the implementation of PBS plans. Content includes: identifying when treatment is necessary, conduction and functional behavioral assessment (FBA), linking the FBA to the support plan, essential elements of a PBS plan, implementing the plan, assessing results and data-based decisionmaking.

Prevention of Abuse and Neglect Leadership Course (Online). An online course that teaches direct support and other professions how to eliminate or decrease the likelihood of abuse. It gives staff the skills they need to be successful and provides guidelines for creating environments where both those receiving support and those providing it are safe and feel respected. 

Descriptions of Elective Courses:

Curriculum Electives Aging and Developmental Disabilities. Describes the major demographic, health, and functional characteristics of elderly people with developmental disabilities; the normalization principal and social role valorization; defines “double jeopardy” with respect to aging persons with developmental disabilities; and alternatives for active treatment of elderly persons with developmental disabilities. Discusses the major health issues confronting individuals with developmental disabilities as they age. 

Seizures. Discusses how to recognize a seizure, document seizure activity, and what to do during and after a seizure. Discusses how to assist people to deal with seizures, classifications of seizures, the “Aura,” intervention for different types of seizures, how medications work, the impact of epilepsy, and basic coping skills. 

Positioning, Turning, and Transferring. Discusses the movement, muscle tone, posture, and limited range of motion. Discusses correct and incorrect body mechanics when lifting, turning, or transferring people; reasons for proper positioning; and how to properly position someone in the sitting, side-lying, supine, and prone-resting positions. Discusses how to observe signs of pressure sores and transferring techniques. NDCPD video is a part of this training package. 

Sexuality and DD. Explains appropriate guidelines for day-to-day interaction with people receiving services, the need for assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities, and five basic steps to follow to deal with sexual behavior. Defines areas of sex education, relationship, a social network, and examples of sexual abuse and how to prevent it, as well as sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies and how to avoid and treat them. 

Promoting Nutrition and Wellness. This manual discusses six dimensions of wellness and how to support people with disabilities in achieving healthy lifestyle; Dietary Guidelines for Americans; and nutrition issues related to the needs of people developmental disabilities. 

Job Coach Training Manual. Discusses principals of normalization, deinstitutionalization, dignity of risk, and value-based services. Discusses community-based services, community integration, community-based training, the benefits and phases of supported employment and the role of a job coach. 

Assisting People with Traumatic Brain Injury and their Families. Defines brain injury, describes the six causes and the results of brain injury, defines coma and describes the two most common scales used to assess comas. Describes the cognitive symptoms of brain injury and behavioral changes that accompany the injury, coping styles and stress management for families, and rehabilitative services and strategies. 

Rearranging Lives After Alzheimer’s Disease. Explains why and how to complete baseline assessments for individuals with developmental disabilities, three ways to compare previous and recent behavior, five areas that should be measured when conducting assessments for Alzheimer’s disease, and the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Describes steps to reduce or prevent inappropriate behaviors, personal care routines, how to preserve the person’s dignity and nutritional needs at mealtime, and how to rearrange the environment to support the person’s ability to age. 

 Supporting Individuals with DD and History of Sexual Offense. Provides introduction to the issues of sexuality and sexual offending behavior in people with cognitive disabilities. Provides background information on protecting the rights of persons served as well as the community and potential victims. Treatment guidelines, relapse prevention and the role of the direct support worker in the treatment team are discussed 

Leadership Roles in Human Service Agencies. This module was prepared in an effort to meet the training needs of front line supervisors and other agency leaders, who affect quality of service provision through their leadership and supervisory efforts. The content was written in collaboration with community based DD provider agencies and includes topics identified through a statewide survey of ND middle-management staff and the direct support staff they supervise. 

Community Education and Public Relations. This training manual describes how public relations efforts can help an agency achieve its mission and goals. It discusses the importance of public relations - starting with efforts to promote the agency to company employees and its “customers,” as well as public relations and advocacy efforts at the neighborhood and community levels. 

Supporting Individuals with Autism Across the Lifespan. An overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders; educational supports for students with ASD; intervention options and related service strategies to support individuals with ASD; support strategies of adults with Autism; and general information across the life span for individuals with Asperger Syndrome. 


Essay Information & Guidelines:    

Each applicant for the program should understand the importance of written communication for a QDDP. The essay assignments are designed to assess the quality of your writing skills, while at the same time providing some insight into your personal attitudes toward persons with disabilities and your work. 

Essay #1: In 1 to 1½ pages describe why you are hoping to achieve certification as a QDDP. Include, for example, career implications, personal growth, and professional advancement. 

Essay #2: In 3 to 5 pages, complete a proposal to address one of the following issues: a) Self-determination; b) Program participant-based services and supports; c) Values-based services; d) Facilitation of creative services and supports; e) Improving services for people with substantial intellectual disabilities; f) Social capital and community change; g) Why compassion is not enough; h) Knowing what’s important. This essay must include: a) A description of the meaning or historical development of the philosophy or concept; b) A summary of how you have applied the concept in your personal work. c) Your opinion regarding how a service provider should apply the concept in its clinical practices; or an exploration of the strengths and weaknesses of the perspective; and d) A summary statement. 

General Instructions: a) Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and in a 12 point font. b) Each essay will be the original work of the author, although sources may be cited as appropriate, with attribution. c) An electronic copy, in Word or PDF format, must be supplied on request. d) Essays will be evaluated anonymously by at least 2 independent reviewers. Work will be evaluated on content, organization, and spelling/punctuation/grammar. e) APA or other commonly accepted style is acceptable. f) The author will verify that his or her work is original by signing the statement on the next page and enclosing it with the essay. The author’s name will not be given to reviewers. 
Essays will be reviewed in the following areas: Organization, Content, and Grammar. A total of 30 points will be awarded by a review approved by the NAQ. 20 of 30 points are required for acceptance into the program. 


Letters of Reference Information & Guidelines:

You must obtain three professional letters of reference which highlight your work as a QDDP and verify that you meet the experience requirement for this program. Contact information for the professionals writing the letters should be contained in the letter or attached to facilitate verification of references. By submitting the letters, you give us your permission to contact your references for further information.