Headed up by Andie Plumley, SSVA’s Training Institute offers a variety of professional development opportunities for employees, sponsors and members of the community. SSVA training courses are offered in their state of the art training rooms located in Virginia Beach and Lynchburg. If preferred, a consultant can come to your location.

Please contact Michelle Seekins in the training department at (757) 248-3717 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information or to schedule training.

We are in the process of finalizing our 2015 training schedule.  Please check back frequently for updates.


Training Opportunities


Scroll down or click the links below for more information on specific training courses.

Person Centered Thinking Documentation Training for Direct Support Professionals
Driver/Home Safety Direct Support Professional Orientation
Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR/AED Adult Understanding Mental Illness and Autism
Human Rights QIDP/QDDP Training
Medication Management Training



Person Centered Thinking


Person Centered Thinking is training that will aid in developing an individualized support plan that is both relevant and meaningful to that individual. The curriculum for this course was developed by Michael Smull and the Essential Lifestyle Planning (ELP)Community. ELP has identified basic skills and tools that help learners understand and embrace this way of thinking. Teaching and supporting the use of Person Centered Thinking skills will mean that it is more likely that plans will be used and acted upon and that the lives of people who use services will improve. 12 hours over 2 days--Cost $60

Hampton Roads  Training - 420 Investors Place, Suite 103, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

2015 Training Schedule

Tuesday, August 25th and Wednesday, August 26th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, October 27th and Wednesday, October 28th 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Person Centered Thinking

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Introduction to the New Person Centered Modules

DBHDS and the Federal Government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS ) recently completed a project to identify what it takes to incorporate person centered practices throughout the Medicaid Waiver system. The project, sponsored by CMS’ “Real Choice Systems Change Grant,” is being carried out in in Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Oregon. As a result of this project, five training workshops have been made available in Virginia. These workshops are designed to assist with the expansion of person centered supports and the development of strong community connections for those receiving Medicaid Waiver Services.

One-Page Profile Training


This 4 hour workshop is an in depth study of and practice of using of the one-page profile. First introduced in Michael Smull’s Person Centered Thinking Training, the One‐Page Profile is a creative tool used to provide a positive introduction, along with describing what is important to and how best to support the focus person. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how to gather the information needed for the One-Page Profile, along with samples of profiles, and their own created profile. - Cost $30.00

2015 Class Schedule:

Wednesday, September 23rd 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

One-Page Profile

Community Connections Training

This one day workshop explores what it means to be connected to your community and provides suggestions for helping others connect. Topics include: • Exploring what is meant by being connected to one’s community. • Discovering positive and welcoming opportunities in the community. • Understanding the difference between attending an event and being a part of group. • How to move from simply being present to being a full participant in the community. • Methods for identifying how best to support a person in activities that match their personal interests.

2015 Class Schedule:

Tuesday, September 22nd 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Community Connections


Medication Management Training

Medication Management Training is a Board of Nursing approved training for persons who assist with medications in facilities licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services including Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.  Training will be provided by a contracted licensed nurse.  Please note that this class does not include the additional six hours required now for G-tube services.  This is a 32 hour course and attendance to all classes is required for certification. --Cost is $150 and non-refundable

2015 Class Schedule:

Session One                                                                                                                         Session Two



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Positive Practices Series

Positive Practices Series

Positive Practices 1 (An Introduction)

This class is an introduction to the philosophies and treatment approaches of gentle teaching and positive practices. These approaches are pertinent to providers, direct care workers and families supporting and caring for people with developmental disabilities and to anyone dedicated to making the world a more positive and peaceful place.

Cost $30

Tuesday, October 20th, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm


Positive Practices 1





Positive Practices 2 (Teamwork and Communication)

Teams function better when members really understand each other. Using the TEAM approach, this course illustrates how clear and open communications can build a high level of trust and understanding between team members, so that everyone feels that he or she is working toward a common goal. By following some of the ideas presented in the course, you'll find it easier to understand your teammates, decrease conflict, and work together.

Cost $30

Positive Practices 3 (Crisis Intervention)

Upon completion, participants will be able to provide early intervention to potential crisis and respond safely to crisis situations. Least restrictive methods of intervening in various crisis situations will be identified and demonstrated.

Cost $30

Thursday, October 22nd 10:00 am - 3:00 pm




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Human Rights

The goal of this class is to provide an overview of Human Rights regulations and the policies pertaining to them.

Class Schedule:

Tuesday, October 13th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An SSVA trainer can also be scheduled to come to your location. Call 757-248-3717 for more information.


Human Rights

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Documentation Training for Direct Support Professionals

This class provides background information and introduction to Virginia's Person Centered Plan. Participants will learn the guidelines for compiling information for each section of the plan including the individual's Part-V: Plan for Support. There will be a review of Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) documentation requirements, allowable activities, and safety supports. Suggestions will also be provided for ensuring plans are truly person centered. Cost $30

Thursday, October 15th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Documentation for DSPs and QMRPs


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Understanding Mental Illness and Autism

This class discusses the growing issue of mental illness and autism. Participants will review the definition of four of the most common psychiatric diagnoses: depression, anxiety disorder, schizophrenia, and mood disorders. An overview of treatment and support options as well as barriers to access psychiatric care will be examined. The specific mental health needs of unique populations will also be considered. This class will also include an examination of the psychological, physiological, communication and social characteristics of individuals who have been identified as having autism, pervasive developmental disorder, and Asperger's syndrome. By the end of this class, participants will demonstrate knowledge of skills related to: the definition and characteristics of individuals with autism spectrum disorders; causes and prevalence of autism; and interventions and supports.


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Driver Safety and Basic Home Maintenance


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Red Cross Standard First Aid with CPR/AED Adult

Participants will learn how to: administer CPR and first aid; handle emergency situations; take basic precautions to prevent disease transmission; care for  injuries or sudden illness until advanced medical help arrives; help someone in breathing and cardiac emergencies; administer chest compressions; and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). This class also teaches care for life-threatening bleeding, sudden illness, shock, injury and seizure disorders. Recertification is required every 2 years. Cost $75.00

Wednesday, October 14th 10:00 am  - 4:00 pm



CPR/AED First Aid

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QIDP/QMRP Workshop


This is a 12 month course for current and prospective QIDP's / QDDP's. Cost is $30.00.

All QIDP workshops are offered at our Hampton Roads location.

Feel free to inquire about our remote video conference options.

Workshops are offered on the third Wednesday of the month.



New sessions will begin in January 2014

January 15th

February 19th

March 19th

April 16th

May 21st

June 18th

All classes offered from

11:00 am to 1:00 pm


4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

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