Direct Support Professional of the Year
Direct Support Professional of the Year for Oahe Inc. Announced
At the April, 2015, all-staff meetings, Susana Rodriguez, DSP-R, was honored for her work. Susana is very involved with all agency activities, including daily events, outings with people supported, and special events. She has obtained her DSP-R professional credential with the National Alliance for DSP?s, making her one of the first DSP?s in our agency to seek out this professional designation. Susana successfully completed training for ?Safe Boundaries?, a curriculum designed to enhance relationships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has instructed other Oahe Inc. staff members as a ?train the trainer? for this course. Susana teaches in a small group setting so that People gain in self esteem and better understand how to respect others and avoid bullying. As a result, these individuals are showing more respect toward others, respecting privacy and boundaries and being kind and considerate of one another.
This past summer, Susana assisted one of the people we support in traveling over 200 miles (one way) to rock concert. Without Susana, this individual would not have achieved her dream of seeing her favorite musical group perform on stage. Susana is a role model for healthy lifestyles as demonstrated by her encouragement of healthy eating and being physically active. Susan is kind, smiling, and calm in even the most stressful situations. She also consistently supports her co-workers, with a friendly smile.
Susana?s heart, dedication, and passion for those she serves and the mentoring she does with her peers is nothing short of astounding. Thank you and congratulations, Susana!