Direct Support Professional Conference

Published: November 27, 2018


Massachusetts’ Department of Developmental Services hosted its Direct Support Professional Conference on November 5th & 6th in Cape Cod. The bi-annual conference, consists of two days of high quality learning for direct care staff with numerous workshops and presentations along with ample opportunity for sharing and networking with colleagues.  There were three plenary sessions, multiple break out session to choose from and several movies and discussions to partake in.

This year, Bridgewell sent four staff people from various programs; Margaret Connolly, Lodi Tshibambi, Stephanie Buonaugurio and Tirza Moura.  These four employees were chosen from numerous nominations for their exemplary work performance and commitment to Bridgewell and the field of human services.

Lodi said, “It was a great learning experience and I met a lot of amazing people, from the speakers to the DSPs from all over the state!” 

“I am even more excited for the next opportunity because of my phenomenal experience these past two days,” said Margaret.

And Stephanie said “It was an amazing experience all around. We heard from a lot of great speakers, the food was amazing, lodging was spectacular, and the selection of trainers and topics of discussion were all very enlightening. We had the opportunity to fellowship with other committed DSPs from various human service agencies throughout Massachusetts and hear so many amazing inspiring stories.”

“Tuesday morning we had a Town Hall style meeting with the DDS commissioner. This was probably my favorite part of the convention. We were really able to open up and feel heard in regards to the concerns that we all face in our roles as DSPs every day. I wanted to thank you guys personally for your part in making this happen, it was a truly valuable experience.” 

Tirza wrote “I’m very grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to attend DSP Conference.The program provides an opportunity to network and share ideas with people from other agencies. We gained inspiration that enhance and energize us career in human service. The plenary session had appropriate topics with coaches able to clarify a dynamic question. The most significant thing I learned about my profession is that this is not just a job. I realize how important I am in the lives of the people we support. It was amazing learning experience.”

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